Mines Bureau Spearheads Environment Forum 2019

ForumIn celebration of the Environment Month this June, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II (MGB ROII) led the Environment Forum 2019 held on June 20 this year at Zen Hotel, Santiago City, Isabela.

Bearing the theme: “Creating Opportunities to Engage Stakeholders: A Relevant View on Responsible Mining Practices,” the event aimed to further raise awareness on responsible mining and environmental initiatives of the mining companies in Region 02.

Regional representatives of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), MGB, and Environment Management Bureau (EMB) talked about updates on the policies of their respective agencies, while officials from large scale mining companies presented their social development, health, and environmental enhancement programs.

Engr. Eliseo Mabasa, chief of the Lands Division of DENR discussed some Updates on Technical Instruments and other Permits, while Engr. Marissa Balubal of EMB ROII talked about environmental policies. On the other hand, MGB ROII Chief Geologist Felicitas V. Piligan presented the Bureau’s Geohazard Assessment and Mapping Project: Landslide and Flood Susceptibility Mapping.

Participants of the forum also learned about offshore magnetite mining and JDVC Resource Corporation’s take on responsible mining practices presented by Louis Santos, Geologist of said mining company. Forester Leopoldo Castro of the Dinapigue Mining Corporation (DMC) likewise discussed on the topic Responsible Stewardship and the company’s best environmental practices.

Further, Engr. Joanne Padua, Engr. Sylvi Dianne Guico, For. Jomer Tiamsin, and John Fiao-ag of FCF Minerals Corporation presented the Best Practices in Stakeholder’s Disclosure of the company. Mr. Manuel Ordonez, Jr., Engr. Penny Rose Baldo, and Engr. Nericel I. Langres talked about OcenaGold’s Legacy of Responsible Mining to the participants of the event.

“This forum is essential for our stakeholders in the industry. This will provide new knowledge and an avenue to clarify issues besetting our mining operations in Region II,” said Engr. Rommel L. Amogan, Chief of Mine Safety, Environment, and Social Development Division of MGB.

He added that the environment forum was an opportunity to raise awareness on what the mining contractors do to the environment, economy, and especially for the people.

In conclusion, “this will also serve as benchmarking on other agencies and mining companies on their implementation of good practices as a baseline for others to emulate,” Amogan stressed.