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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) held a training workshop on the finalization of its 6-year Gender and Development (GAD) Agenda and preparation of the GAD Plan and Budget for CY 2020. The week-long training was held in Villa Lorenza Resort, Pililia, Rizal from September 16 to 20, 2019.

The training workshop was spearheaded by the MGB Central Office in coordination with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), with the participants coming from the 14 regional offices of the MGB. MGB-X Supervising Geologist Lea Therese N. Bondad participated in the training workshop, along with Ms. Mary Jossel H. Dispo, RGPFS TWG-Chair.

Among the main activities of the training workshop is the preparation of the GAD Plan and Budget for CY 2020, wherein several programs of the Bureau are enrolled in the attribution cost of the agency’s 5% GAD budget. One of which is the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) Program, wherein inputs from technical personnel of the Geosciences Division are important in achieving not just scientific but also gender-responsive outputs.

 

(Left-Right) MGB-X MSESDD Chief, Engr. Felina as witness; Engr. Daniel S. Belderol, MGB-X Officer-In-Charge; Mr. Alex V. Pamatong, representative of A.V. Pamatong Trading and Construction, Inc.; and Mr. Manuta served also as witness in the document signing.

MGB Region X renewed the Mineral Processing Permit (MPP) denominated as MPP No. 2013-02-X (First Renewal) of A.V. Pamatong Trading and Construction, Inc. represented by Mr. Alex V. Pamatong for its Sand and Gravel and other Aggregate Materials Crushing Plant Project with a rated capacity of 50 MT/hr (based on its ECC) located at Sitio Puntod, Barangay Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City on August 19, 2019.

A.V. Pamatong Trading and Construction, Inc. is bounded by the conditions of the permit pursuant to  Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2010-21, stating that the permit holder shall manage its operations in a technically, environmentally and socially responsible manner to achieve a safe, non-polluting, and sustainable project, among others.

MGB-X, Officer-In-Charge, Engr. Belderol (seated 2nd from left) signing the Mineral Processing Permit (MPP) issued to Mindanao Rock represented by Mr. Eric Lim (seated 3rd from left).

Mindanao Rock represented by Mr. Lim filed an application for Mineral Processing Permit denominated as MPPA-2018-16-X for Sand and Gravel and other Aggregate Materials Crushing Plant Project located at Barangay Pantaon, Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental with crusher plant capacity of 50 tons/hr as per ECC No. ECC-R10-0912-0078 issued by EMB-10.

After satisfactorily complying the mandatory requirements pursuant to Section 110 of DAO No. 2010-21 and MGB Memorandum dated October 9, 2017 re: Checklists of Requirements, the Mineral Processing Permit was granted to Mindanao Rock on August 16, 2019 denominated as MPP No. 2019-10-X.

As part of this Office’s aim in the streamlining of locally issued Quarry and Sand and Gravel Permits and continuing empowerment of LGUs devolve function,the Capability Building for Local Government Units on the Review and Evaluation of the Requirements for the Issuance of Commercial Sand and Gravel (CSAG) Permit was conducted last August 19, 2019 at Grand Caprice Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. This activity was also inclined in the Office’s commitment on providing technical assistance to LGUs and continuing objective on advocating improved, systematic, efficient and effective processing and issuance of the said locally issued permit. It was participated by the technical personnel of LGUs involve in implementing Mining laws, rules and regulations specifically the ENROs/BENRO/CLENRO/CEMO.

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As Republic Act 10121 prescribes, all government offices are mandated to conduct a quarterly earthquake drill and exercise. Hence, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. X executed the required activities for its 2nd Quarter earthquake drill and exercise last August 8, 2019.

With the primary aim of preparing for the occurrence of an earthquake, the drill provides a timely exercise and for each personnel to be acquainted on appropriate response when an actual earthquake will occur. Continue reading »

In a jubilant installation ceremony last 20 August 2019, Engr. Efren B. Carido now heads the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. X workforce with no less than Director Wilfredo G. Moncano installing him as OIC, Regional Director pursuant to DENR Special Order No. 2019-556 dated August 8, 2019 and signed by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu. Witnessed by MGB-X personnel and some DENR-X officials, RD Carido received the banner handed to him by Engr. Daniel S. Belderol symbolizing the turn-over of responsibilities as the new head of MGB-X.

In his acceptance speech, RD Carido said that he positively feels at home with MGB-X. Further on his speech, he clearly laid down concrete directions to where he wants to steer MGB-X to. He has clear directions and plans for each division such as the need to capacitate the LGUs in the processing of locally issued permits like CSAG. He wants MSESDD to create linkage with the academe in its efforts to intensify IEC campaign and help change the negative views on mining. Continue reading »

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. X hosted the 4-day 3rd Management Conference last June 24-27, 2019 held at the N Hotel, Kauswagan Highway, Cagayan de Oro City. The conference was a convergence of MBG Directors and the different Division Chiefs from the MGB Central Office respectively.

 

 

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Engineer Daniel S. Belderol, Officer-In-Charge of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-X addresses varied issues and concerns relative to the levelling-off on the different Procedures and Process flow of Locally issued Permits in Region X.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau X hosted a one day activity geared towards the Levelling-Off on the Procedures/Process Flow of Locally-Issued Permits last July 22, 2019.  It was attended by twenty seven (27) participants representing the five Provinces of Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental and Camiguin, including the two (2) chartered Cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

The said activity was anchored on the primary objective of proposing and attaining a standardized process flow of locally-issued permits for a systematic and uniform process based on a consolidated standard process flow. Currently, the different local government units do not follow a single process flow in the issuance of permits. Continue reading »

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