MGB Cordillera Administrative and Ilocos Region confers with stakeholders to discuss Priority Mining Projects
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is mandated to promote mineral development, trade and investment. This could be achieved through sustained collaborative efforts as well as effective information dissemination with different stakeholders, local government units and other government agencies.
MGB continues the promotion of the minerals industry as a viable option for economic growth and development of our nation. Relative to this, a hybrid (face to face and virtual) Mining Stakeholder’s Consultative Forum was conducted last April 28, 2022 at the Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City to discuss issues and concerns and update on the status of implementation of Priority Mining Projects in the Ilocos and Cordillera Region.
The activity was participated by mining companies, national government agencies and other stakeholders. This served as an avenue to advocate MGB’s thrust and programs, disseminate recent updates on policies and clear grey areas affecting the minerals industry in Region 1 and CAR.
It commenced with a welcome remarks from DENR-CAR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services For. Maximo F. Soriano. He expressed that the forum aimed to update the stakeholders in recent policies, rules and regulations applicable in mining matters. Further he reiterated that through the activity, grey areas affecting the mineral industry in both regions shall be clarified. He added that the participants may be inspired and be stimulated by the best practices adapted by these existing mining companies and continue in developing these to prove and demonstrate that mining indeed has many advantages while conducting sustainable and responsible mining practices.
MGB Regional Director for the Cordillera Administrative Region RD Fay Apil also delivered a message for the event. In her message, she stated that “We acknowledge the significant role of the mining industry towards economic recovery thus we would like to be instrumental in the attainment of this objective. The forum shall serve as an avenue for clarifications and ensuing recommendations while we all work for national development.”
Meanwhile, MGB Director Atty. Wilfredo Moncano emphasized that mining companies should conduct progressive rehabilitation. Moreover he stated that “The MGB plans to triple the production volume, production value, revenue, export and employment in the domestic mining sector that’s why we have these priority mining projects that will graduate to development and commercial extraction. The ending of our Philippine Industry Roadmap is for the country to develop its own domestic processing industry.”
Assistant Secretary for Finance, Information Systems and Mining concerns delivered the message of DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna. It stated that “The mining industry is one of the most regulated industry in the country wherein stringent rules and regulations are already in place in terms of tenement management, safety and health, environment and social development management among others. Yet, these mining related policies keep on evolving as we are in a continuous process of improving and updating these policies to ensure that pressing issues in the mining industry are promptly and properly addressed. It is always been our duty in the government to develop and implement an effective regulatory regime that can provide practical and effective solutions to the mining industry. And we recognize that one key factor to ensure successful policy formulation and implementation is strong stakeholder involvement. Therefore, this event entitled Joint Consultative Meeting and Mining Consultation with DENR officials is very much timely and relevant since this event could serve as an avenue in discussing the updates, status of mining priority projects (phase 1 & 2), it’s timeline and other issues and concerns. It hopes to bridge the gap between policy making and implementation thus putting all of us in a position we can better protect the people and the environment.”
Mining companies in the Cordillera Administrative and Ilocos Region presented their respective Priority Mining Projects including their timeline, milestones, issues and concerns to the panel composed of DENR, MGB, EMB key officials and other national government agencies concerned. Also present in the panel were ¬MGB Division Chiefs Engr. Marcial Mateo (Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division), Engr. Danilo Delena (Mining Tenements Management Division) and Engr. Theodore Rommel Pestano (Mining Technology Division).
Priority Mining Projects:
Cordillera Administrative Region:
Crescent Mining Development Corp
– Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co.
– Itogon Suyoc Resources, Inc.
– Philex Mining Corp.
– Macawiwili Gold Mining and Development Company
– Makilala Mining Company Inc.
-Omnico Natural Resources, Inc.
-MG8 Terminal Inc.
-Gulf Estates Mining Corporation
-Rigid Aggregates & Mining Corporation
In closing, MGB-1 Regional Director Socrates Gaerlan expressed that The Mines and Geosciences Bureau continues its sustained collaborative efforts as well its effective information dissemination to promote mineral development as a viable option for economic growth of our nation. He thanked all the stakeholders who presented and openly discussed their issues and concerns as well as their commitment and dedication towards the promotion of Mine Responsibility. Further, he stated that the knowledge and learnings that were gained shall be carried out and remain steadfast in the commitment to building a more resilient and sustainable minerals industry.
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