Jan 182015

Guests and participants during the Orientation on DENR DAO No. 2015-03 on May 8, 2015 held at the PHILTOWN Restaurant, Cagayan de Oro City

MGB-10 conducted a One-day Orientation on DENR Administrative Order No. 2015-03, that is the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 7076, otherwise known as the “People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991”. The activity was attended by members/representatives of the Provincial Mining Regulatory Boards (PMRB) of Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and the City Mining Regulatory Boards (CMRB) of the Cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. There were also representatives from the 4ID Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and Minahang Bayan Contract applicants from the provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro Cities. The Orientation was attended by a close to a hundred participants.
DENR DAO-2015-13 harmonizes the implementation of the Philippine Environmental Impact Statement System (PEISS) and R.A. 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 in relation to mining projects. (This DAO was released for publication last March 16, 2015 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer).

MGB-10 Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto firmly explained the stand of the Office on the illegal mining operations along the stretch of Iponan River and to follow the law on Mining so that the state of the newly rehabilitated Iponan River will no longer be compromised. He further stressed that mining operations in those areas is stealing the country’s mineral wealth emphasizing that all mineral resources belong to the state citing the Regalian Doctrine.

MGB-10 Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto with Forester Jerome Pioquinto and Information Officer, Cecilia C. Tan attended the IP Consultations on the Impact of Drought hosted and organized by the City Social Welfare and Development of Cagayan de Oro  held at the City Legislative Building on April 14, 2015. (originally scheduled at the Bishops Palace and was moved to the Legislative Building due to power service interruption).

In attendance were IPs with their respective tribal leaders coming from the different barangays of Cagayan de Oro City namely: Besigan, Tignapuluan, Mambuaya, Bayanga, Lumbia, Pagalungan, Tagpangi, Taglimao, Tuburan, Cugman, Tablon, F.S. Catanico and Tumpagon.  There were also representatives from the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro City, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, and the City Department of Interior and Local Government. Continue reading »