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RD Rex S. Monsanto with some of the group the touring company quarry site

The Bench marking activity was aimed to get acquainted with best mining practices implemented by the Company and gain insights and appreciation of initiatives on environmental protection and enhancement program, social development and management, MRFC and MMT Operations and other practices/projects like greening/reforestation of mined-out areas being employed by Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. to sustain a responsible mining operation.

Members of the Bench Marking Group headed by MGB X Regional Director Rex S Monsanto, members of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committees (MRFCs) and Multipartite Monitoring Teams (MMTs  ) of Holcim Resources Development Corporation (HRDC) Lugait Plant, Republic Cement Iligan , Inc., Mindanao Cement Iligan , Inc., based in Brgy. Kiwalan, Iligan City,  ISAG  Permit Holders , MGB X technical staff , Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Engr.  Paquito Melicor and CENRO Maria Theresa Allen of DENR Regional Office- 10 and Engr. Emilio Figueroa , Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. General Manager.

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Participants and organizers to the “Capability Building on the Evaluation and Monitoring of Work
Programs for Mining Operations” last June 11, 2018 held at the Grand Caprice Restaurant, Lim ket Kai
Center, Cagayan de Oro City

Forty-four participants representing large-scale mining companies including Industrial Sand and gravel,
Applicants for Mineral Processing Permits, Local government Units from the Provinces of Misamis
Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte the City of Iligan and one from the Philippine
Minerals Industry, Inc. (PMDC) converged for a one-day Capability Building on the Evaluation and
Monitoring of Work Programs for Mining Operations.

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Participating Mines and Geosciences Bureau personnel from the different regions to the Seminar-Workshop on ITAPS, SWEEPS and Disclosure of Public Information for 8888 Hotline Focal Persons

To ensure effective implementation of 8888 Hotline, a seminar-workshop on Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Public Service (ITAPS), Efficient and Effective Public Service (SWEEPS), Freedom on Information and Data Privacy Protocol for 8888 Hotline Focal Persons,    a series of seminar-workshops (first batch) was conducted on April 17-19, 2018. The venue was at the Hive Hotel in  Quezon City and  was attended by 8888 Focal persons from the different DENR Regional Offices and line Bureaus like the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the Environmental Management Bureau.

The white cartolina represents a sample charter, part of the Seminar-Workshop was the preparation of each Agency’s charter given a limited time of five (5) minutes by the speaker from the Office of the Ombudsman Manila.

Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto`(seated 3rd from left) finally signed and approved the 5-Year, 4th phase from CY 2019-2022 – Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) of RCII and RCMI. Manager, Engr. Roel Piloton (seated 2nd from left)

Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto finally signed and approved the 4th phase Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) allocation for the next five years amounting to PhP33, 756,077.66 Millions funded from the projected operating costs of Republic Cement Iligan, Inc. and Republic Cement Mindanao, Inc. Both companies are operating under legitimate Mineral Production Sharing.

Since the first 5-year SDMP implementation, SDMP milestone are translated into livelihoods, infrastructures like water Systems Development, flood control, electrification, schools, Daycare and Health Centers were built. Medicines and vitamins were provided in their respective Barangay Health Centers and College scholars who successfully finished courses and graduated through the SDMP Scholarship Program.

For out-of-school-youth, skills training   were conducted to help them develop and enhance their capabilities.  These trainings in partnership with Technical Educational and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) include Shielded Metal Arc Welding, electrical installations and scaffolding erection.

Region 10 delegates from EMB, MGB, DENR and PENROs together with Ms. Merlinda Manila (seated 3rd from left) of DENR Action Center, Dir. Marychelle Santos (seated 2nd from right) of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary and Dir. Sabrina Cruz,(seated 4rth from left) Strategic communication and Initiatives Services.

A two-day Orientation and Workshop on the Institutionalization of HOTLINE 8888 was conducted on February 15-16, 2018 held at the Ritz Hotel, Garden Oases, Davao City for Mindanao Cluster.

Participants include representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Offices such as PENROs, PEMUs and the line Bureaus, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Environmental Management Bureau respectively.

The objective of the Training was to capacitate the focal person of each agency to ensure the efficient implementation of 8888 Hotline pursuant to Executive Order No. 6 series of 2016 and to harmonize the existing public feedback mechanism of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR) to this Hotline.

The first leg of the 2-day activity was the introduction of Executive Order No. 6 and the orientation of the Hotline 8888 presented by Director Marychelle Gay T. Santos, Director IV, Office of the Cabinet Secretary.

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Dec 052016

Officiating Priest, Msgr. Rey Manuel S. Monsanto, SSJV beside younger brother, MGB-10 Regional Director Rex S.Monsanto along with Engr. Daniel S. Belderol, Chief, Mine Management Division, (beside RD Monsanto) , Admin and Finance Chief, Jerome N. Ventic(beside Msgr. Rey) and Engr. Rodante B. Felina, Chief Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is celebrating its 118th Anniversary this month of November anchored on the theme “MGB: Working in Partnership with Communities towards Minerals Development”. Major activities conducted for the Anniversary were held in Baguio City, which is home to seven large scale gold and copper mining operations.

MGB-10 Regional Office had its local celebration last November 28, 2016 which started with a Holy Mass officiated by Msgr. Rey Manuel S. Monsanto, SSJV, JCD, HP at the MGB-10 Conference Room. Part of the celebration was the VAWC (Violence Against Women) Orientation with Atty. Jerlie P. Luis-Requerme, Presiding Judge, 3rd MCTC Impasugong, Sumilao, Buikdnon being the speaker.

The highlight of the 118th celebration was the recognition of MGB -10 staff who have served from 15 to 35 years of dedicated public service. Awardees were given a Plaque of Recognition and a token. Continue reading »

The sand and gravel and crushing plant operators of Brgy. Sta.  Ana, Municipality of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental along with the staff from the Environment and Natural Resources, Office (ENRO),  Misamis Oriental l and MGB-10 staff headed by Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region 10 called for a Technical Forum at the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region 10 Office to the different sand and gravel and crushing plant operators in Brgy. Sta. Ana, Municipality of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental last April 26, 2016. The forum was also attended by the staff of the Environment and Natural Resources Office,  Misamis Oriental headed by the ENRO, Mr. Jose Nick Tilos. Continue reading »

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Last January 26. 2016, Mr. Renan Lerongan, of legal age and a resident of Brgy. Pig-sag-an Cagayan de Oro City pleaded guilty to the charge of Illegal Exploration, before Hon. Marites Filomena B. Rana-Bernales, Presiding Judge of RTC 39, Cagayan de  Oro City.

To recall, On May 11, 2015, the Task Force Kinaiyahan conducted monitoring against illegal mining and logging along the stretch of Iponan River and caught the accused conducting mining operation without any permit, which is in violation of R.A. 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. Continue reading »

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