RD Ancheta attends 1st expanded staff meeting of MGB Central;
Presents agenda to MGB R02 staff
By: Lyndee Rose Basilio
Engr. Mario A. Ancheta, OIC Regional Director of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 02 (MGB R02) attended the first expanded staff meeting at the MGB Central Office together with the different MGB Regional Directors held last February 17, 2015.
Engr. Ancheta presented to the MGB R02 staff during the conduct of Monday’s convocation on February 23, 2015 at MGB Conference hall the various agenda they tackled in the Expanded Staff Meeting. On his discussion, he emphasized the functional statement of the office particularly all the divisional functions.
He said that the Office of the Regional Director (ORD) shall be performing tasks such as directing and implementing laws, rules and regulations of the Bureau.
Further, He said based on the functional statement that the Information, Education and Communication (EIC) unit is under the ORD where he will be the head of the IEC team.
He re- orientated the body of the communication protocol of the Office, according to him if it is addressed to MGB Director, in general, signed by the Regional Director; if in response to DENR, addressed to DENR, thru the MGB Director and if he is on leave/official business, OIC will sign “by authority of the Regional Director.”
He also mentioned that the Geosciences Division (GSD) shall undertake its function of land and marine geoscientific survey where it will have subsections such as: General and Economic Geology Section that will conduct geological mapping, mineral exploration and other related geosciences activities.
Also, under GSD is Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology Section that shall conduct hydrogeological exploration and vulnerability assessment geo-environmental studies (including assessment of possible solid waste disposal sites and studies on climate change and other environmental impacts). Geohazard and Engineering Geology Section and Geological Laboratory Services Section will also be included as subsections of GSD were the Laboratory section will provide services on geological laboratory analysis of minerals and rocks.
RD Ancheta also informed the body that the Mine and Environment and Safety Division (MESD) shall be renamed into Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) where a Social Development Section shall be included.
The MSESDD shall be responsible for the conduct of the evaluation and monitoring of implementation of programs and investigation of incidents/complaints on mine safety and health, environmental management and social development.
RD Ancheta also gave a discussion of the functions of Mine Management Division (MMD) were it shall be responsible in undertaking initial evaluation of mining applications and mining-related applications, monitoring of the disposition and utilization of mineral lands and resources, and survey of mineral lands where Monitoring and Technical Services Section, Mineral Lands Survey Section and Mining Tenement Evaluation Section are the three sections of MMD which will be responsible in monitoring of the disposition and utilization of mineral lands and resources, evaluation of application of survey order and survey returns and plans in areas outside mineral reservations and initial evaluation of mining and mining- related applications respectively.
The day’s convocation was filled with insights and it served as an avenue for re-orientation of old and new policies of MGB.
R02 Geologists partake in 2015 Geosciences Workshop
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
Four Geologist of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 02 (MGB R02) headed by the OIC Chief of Geosciences Division (GSD) Felicitas V. Piligan; Senior Geologist Marie Nelle Monteclaro and Contractual Geologists Oliver Hans H. Lapina and Ruvic Anne Villarias participated in the recently held 2015 Geosciences Workshop in Tanza Oasis, Cavite last Feb. 16-20, 2015.
The said workshop was conducted as a venue for the presentation and review of the 2014 accomplishments of each region particularly the Goehazard mapping of 1:10,000 scale map. Also tackled up were financial status and targets of geosciences related activities for the year 2015.
Geologists from other regions together with MGB R02 GSD OIC Chief Felicitas V. Piligan (Standing at extreme left) and Senior Geologist Marie Nelle Monteclaro (sitting at extreme right) during the Geosciences training. ( photo from Kevin Garas)
The first two days of the workshop was devoted for the discussion of 2015 programs of the GSD which includes Subsidence Susceptibility Assessment and Mapping, Groundwater Resources and Vulnerability Assessment, Coastal Geohazard Assessment and the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment.
For the succeeding days, it tackled the 2014 accomplishments per region, also discussed were the 2015 target plan and workshop outputs for the different assessments and an estimated budget plan for corresponding assessments.
The workshop for Subsidence Susceptibility Assessment and Mapping was also structured for setting the standardized system in report writing, maps with corresponding legends and methodology while for the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, the MGB Central Office will provide standard guidelines to be given to Regional Offices.
The workshop was participates in by all the Geologists of MGB Central and Regional Offices. This was an annual activity of the Geosciences Division of MGB.
Last year, they conducted their Geosciences workshop in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
MGB R02 participates in 61st annual mining confab
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan - At least one thousand individuals involved in the mining industry which includes some employees of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 02 ( MGB R02) attended the 61st Annual National Mine Safety and Environmental Conference organized by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) held in Baguio City on November 11-14, 2014.
Bearing the theme: “61 years of Responsible Mining and Nation Building,” the mining conference kicked off with a tree planting at the PMSEA adopted park at the Botanical Garden led by PMSEA President Louie Sarmiento, Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) Chairman and President Felizardo Gacad and PSEM Northern Luzon Chapter President and OIC Regional Director of MGB R02 Mario Ancheta.
The Mining Exhibit was opened last November 12, 2014 with a ribbon cutting led by Engr. Sarmiento at the CAP-John Hay Convention Center Garden Wing at 8:30 in the morning.
After the opening of the Mining Exhibit, 2nd Community Relations (COMREL) Conference at the Main Hall followed and participated in by PMSEA and PSEM officials, heads and representatives of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), MGB and representatives of the different mining companies in the country.
Meanwhile, the Mineral Industry Symposium was also held at the CAP-John Hay Convention Center on the following day with Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan as the guest speaker.
One of the highlights of the said event is the Mineral Industry Parade where the delegates filled the Bagiuo City’s main thoroughfares at 7:00 in the morning with the Mineral Industry Parade from Session Road to Burnham Park where the Mine Safety Field Demonstration and Field Competitions were conducted.
The event was closed with a Testimonial Dinner and Annual Awards Night at CAP- John Hay Convention Center where mining companies were awarded for their best practices in the mining industry.
Philex Mining Corporation Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan served as the guest speaker during the awards night.
MGB region 2 throws birthday tribute to its personnel
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
In a simple program during the Monday’s convocation, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 2 (MGB R02) thru its Mines and Geosciences Bureau Employees Association (MGBEA) gave a birthday tribute to its October birthday celebrants held on October 27, 2014.
The birthday tribute was regarded as MGBEA’s way in thanking its employees for their commitment and dedication to public service.
The MGBEA headed by Edwin Buendia gave a birthday cake and a P 1,000 cash gift to six birthday celebrants during the simple get together.
The birthday celebrants were Lani Cardenas, Administrative Officer III and Glorieta Cabalza, Administrative Officer III from Finance and Administrative Division (FAD); Vicie Diciano, Engineer II from Mine and Management Division (MMD), Marie Nelle Monteclaro, Senior Geologist from Geosciences Division; Engr. Romeo Cortan and Engr. Demetrio Corsino from Mining Environment and Safety Division (MESD).
After the convocation, a simple lunch buffet was served as a gathering and socializing of all MGB R02 employees.
The MGBEA is very much grateful to its personnel for their contribution in the objectives of the agency.
Six birthday celebrants of MGBEA family blow their birthday cakes given by the MGBEA R02 during simple gathering for the celebrants on Monday’s convocation.
MGB R02 pays tribute to its retiree employee
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
In a move that shows love and care for its employees, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 02 (MGB R02) spearheaded a retirement program held last January 19, 2015 at MGB R02 Conference Room.
The MGB R02 paid tribute to its newly retired employee who has rendered invaluable service to the Regional Office.
According to MGB Regional Director Mario Ancheta, the program will serve as an inspiration to the other employees to give their best while in the service for this will give legacy as they retire.
Feted for her long service in MGB R02 is Gilda Castillejo, 65, an Administrative Assistant who just retired for serving the government for 36 years.
The MGB staff serenaded and gave speeches and tokens as a sign of remembrance to Ms. Castillejo.
The Regional Director of the Bureau is appreciative of the services rendered by her especially in sharing her skills in cooking particularly her adobo menu.
In her response to her memorable retirement program, she said that she didn’t expect that a surprise program was prepared for her.
She added that she is thankful to the MGB family especially to RD Ancheta who unselfishly shared with her the blessings he has in life.