MGB R02 supports Climate Change symposium
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN, (MGB)- Two thousand students and stakeholders participated in the climate change campus tour cum symposium held last October 9, 2014 at the Ref Eagle Gymnasium of Cagayan State University Carig Campus.
This symposium is a component of climate change advocacy campaign of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 2 (DENR R02) in cooperation with Philippine Information Agency Region 2 (PIA R02).
Forester Dionicio Deundo of DENR R02 tackled the environmental protection to include the National Greening Program while Romeo Fragata of Environment and Management Bureau Region 02(EMR R02) discussed the ecological solid waste management.
Moreover, the Senior Geologist of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 02 (MGB R02), Ms. Marie Nelle Monteclaro discussed the flood vulnerability of Tuguegarao City, Alcala and Enrile, Cagayan. On the other hand, Mr. Romel Gamiao of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 2 (DSWD R02) also presented the region’s disaster risk reduction and management specifically on pre-emptive evacuation.
Monteclaro said that the symposium aims to discuss the causes and appropriate mitigating measures of climate change.
“The activity gave emphasis on the significant roles of the youths towards climate change concerns,” Monteclaro added.
The Senior Geologist further said that the activity aims to promote public awareness on the effects of climate change in our day to day life.
The participants from various colleges and universities during the Climate Change symposium at the CSU Carig campus
RCSD holds mine tour
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan- Members of the Regional Committee on Sustainable Development (RCSD) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in coordination with Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 02 (MGB R02) recently conducted a mine tour last October 16, 2014 in Didipio Mine of Oceana Gold Philippines.
The Mine tour was conducted to show how the mining companies implement measures on how to preserve and to protect the environment, Maribeth Tumaliuan Mining Claims Examiner III of MGB R02 said.
Tumaliuan added that the RCSD visited the mining site of Oceana Gold Corporation to let them appreciate and validate mining operations and to compare it with the operations of other companies including small scale mining.
She further said that it is the agency’s way to address environmental concerns and to ensure that large scale mining operations in the region adhere to safe environmental standards
The Didipio Mine is the first mine company in the Philippines to operate under the Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA), it is an agreement between contractor and the Government for large-scale exploration of copper, nickel, chromite, lead, and other minerals except for cement raw materials, marble granite, sand and gravel and construction aggregates.
30 participants that include RCSD members Co-chaired by Ms. Perla Visorro, founder of Cagayan Valley Partners in People Development (CAVAPPED) and National Economic Development Authority Region 02(NEDA R02) RSCD secretariats participated in the mine tour.
Part of the mine tour was AVP presentation on Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) and Didipio Project Overview and Safety Induction of Oceana Gold. After the mine tour, an open forum was conducted to address the participants’ observations and issues regarding the mining operations.
MGB presents before sanggunian members of Nueva Vizcaya
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II (MGB RO II) presented before the sanggunian members of Nueva Vizcaya during the conduct of joint committee meeting held last March 21, 2017 at Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Peoples Hall, Provincial Capitol, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
The joint committee meeting tackled the resolution of Sangguniang Bayan of Kasibu requesting the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Nueva Vizcaya to cause appropriate action for OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) to immediately implement its rehabilitation program on its open pit mining at Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya.
MGB Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta and Engr. Geoffrey V. Prado attended the said joint committee.
Regional IEC spearheads 1st Journalism, Photography training
To equip the members of Regional Information, Education and Communication (RIEC) Team on the principles journalism and photography, the RIEC Team headed by Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office II (MGB RO II) together with OceanaGold Phils. Inc., FCF Minerals Corporation and Geogen Corporation spearheaded the 1st Journalism and Photography Training on May 19-20, 2016 at Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
The training aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of RIEC team in developing news and feature stories for the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign of the mining companies
Speakers during the training were Leander Domingo, correspondent of Manila Times who discussed Legal and ethical standards of Journalism, news writing, newspaper layouting and newspaper management. Benjamin Ebreo of Philippine Information Agency (PIA) likewise lectured the difference of national and community newspaper, and feature writing. Cesar Perante of Business Mirror/ Manila Bulletin also shared his knowledge on photography and photojournalism.
After a lecture of Perante, the participants used their newly learned skill during the field photo shoot in Bangan Hills, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
Also, after the lectures of Domingo and Ebereo, critiquing of the mining companies’ newsletter and broadsheets have been done.
MGB conducts IEC on mining rules, ‘Minahang Bayan’ sought in Brgy. Anonang
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN- To address the challenges faced by the small-scale miners of Brgy. Anonang and to inform them of the rules and regulations on mining, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 2 (MGB R02) in a joint activity on environment conducted an Information, Education Campaign (IEC) on Mining Rules and Regulations and capacity building for Local Government Units (LGUs) and Small-Scale Miners last October 23, 2014 at Barangay Anonang, Cordon, Isabela.
The IEC and capacity building aims to prepare the constituents of Brgy. Anonang for the establishment of the so-called “Minahang Bayan” in the area.
Section 11 of Executive Order 79, which embodies the Aquino administration’s mining policy, only allows small-scale miners’ in declared Minahanag Bayan areas. This is pursuant to Republic Act No. 7076 otherwise known as People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991.
The “Minahang Bayan” provides policies and reforms at optimizing revenues from the mining industry and improving the mining standards in mining.
Engr. Geoffrey Prado, and Engr. Antonio Chumacog of Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Forester Jackie Asuncion of CENRO- San Isidro, Isabela, Ms. Rosemarie T. Zabala and Ms. Celia Badua of ENRO- Isabela Province served as resource speakers during the said activity.
Asunsion said that the application of Brgy. Anonang for “ Minahang Bayan” is still on process. Since in order to be declared a “Minahang Bayan,” the applicants must get the consent of the mine claim holders.
The limiting of small-scale mining operations in declared “Minahang Bayan” areas will help the MGB R02 to contain the regulation of the mining operations.
This IEC was a joint activity of MGB R02 with the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) San Isidro, Isabela and Environment and Natural Resources Office, Isabela Province.