To better implement mining laws, DENR officials and representatives of mining companies in Cagayan Valley participated in the seminar on new policies held on Sept. 12-13, this year in Santiago City, Isabela.
As part of their community outreach initiatives, regional emergency response teams of mining companies in Region 02 provided assistance in rescue operations in Tuguegarao City during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong on Sept. 14-18, this year.
True to its vision in implementing an international standard system, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II is now International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certified. MGB R0II has recently received its Certificate of Registration on OHSAS 18001:2017, ISO 9001:2015, and ISO 14001:2015.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has lifted the moratorium on exploration permits for metallic and non-metallic mines by nullifying a portion of former DENR Secretary Gina Lopez’s first memorandum order.
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu signed the DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 2018- 13 on July 13, 2018, which states that, moratorium on acceptance, processing, and/or approval of Exploration Permit applications for metallic and non-metallic minerals has been lifted following the completion of the audit on all mining operations pursuant to DENR Memorandum Order No. 2016-01, or “Audit of all Operating Mines and Moratorium on new Mining Projects.”