MGB RII fills vacant positions pursuant to its Rationalization Plan
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region II (MGB RII) has filled its 15 vacant positions pursuant to the approved Rationalization Plan (RatPlan) of the government.
The MGB RII through the MGB promotion and selection board conducted the evaluation of the aspiring applicants based on Merit, Selection and Promotion Plan and qualification standards approved by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
The applicants were shortlisted and took various examinations such as Job Knowledge Test (JKT), Ethics Oriented Personality Test (EOPT) , General Aptitude Test (GAT) for the new entrants and Managerial Competence Test (MCT) for applicants with SG 18-22. After the examinations, the shortlisted applicants were called to undergo a deliberation before the panel of promotion and selection board.
“Beside from the standard qualifications set by the Civil Service, we also looked into who can deliver the tasks and responsibilities required by the job, someone who can deliver the tasks well,” RD Mario A. Ancheta mentioned in the Monday Convocation.
The appointees composed of five newly appointed applicants and nine promoted employees.
The five newly appointed employees were: Engr. Agot W. Dumanas- Engineer II; Engr. Patrique Duran- Engineer II; Oliver Hans Lapina- Geologist II; Ruvic Ann Villarias- Geologist II and Leon G. Cusipag, Administrative Aide IV and coterminous with the Official.
On the other hand, the 9 MGB employees who were given promotions were: Emely Delmendo- Supervising Science Research Specialist; Geoffrey V. Prado, Supervising Science Research; Florentino Bangisan Jr., Marie Nelle Monteclaro, Supervising Geologist; Engineer IV; Romeo Watchorna Jr., Senior Science Research;Vicie T. Diciano, Engineer III; Imee Gatan- Agaloos, Administrative Officer V; Patrique Jane A. Duran, Engineer II; Agot W. Dumanas, Engineer II; Oliver Hans Lapina, Geologist II; Ruvic Anne Villarias, Geologist II; Marie Rose Tangan, Administrative III/Records Officer; Laurencia Genoveva Lattao, Administrative III/ Supply Officer, and Luisa C. Guzman, Administrative Assistant II.
RD Ancheta encouraged its staff to continuously do their work with the best they can for the development of the Bureau.
MGB leads financial, admin orientation-workshop in Tagaytay
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
“This is the way of the Bureau to prepare and to help its regional offices for their work and financial plan for next year,” Imee Gatan-Agaloos, MGB R0II Human Resource Officer said.
The HR Officer further said that the orientation –workshop gave a chance for them to enhance their knowledge in administrative and financial matters of the office.
Mines and Geosciences Bureau Central Office led the conduct of the annual financial and administrative workshop on September 7-12, 2015 in One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites, Tagaytay City participated by the MGB Budget Officers, Accountants and Human Resource Officers.
MGB R0II OIC of Finance and Administrative Division (FAD) Erlinda Catabay, Budget Officer Remigia Manuel and newly appointed MGB R0II Human Resource Officer Imee Gatan- Agaloos attended the orientation- workshop.
The orientation- workshop tackled were Financial Management System, Financial Analysis Techniques and Just in Time (JIT) Procurement Planning lectured by Ms. Eloisa L. Legaspi, Chief, Financial Management Division; Strategic Performance Management System discussed by Glenn Marcelo Noble, OIC, Planning, Policy and International Affairs Division. The discussion on MGB administrative matters and concerns was facilitated by Edna Lorilla, OIC of MGB Administrative Division.
MGB R02 conducts 5th PMRB summit
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
To acquaint the members of the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) about the new regulations of the mining industry, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 02 (MGB R02) conducted the 5th PMRB Summit last May 7, 2015 at MGB R02 Multi-Purpose Hall.
The summit was conducted to inform the PMRB members about the recently issued revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2015-03 which took effect on April 2, 2015.
Engr. Mario A. Ancheta, MGB R02 OIC Regional Director expressed his gratitude to the participants, “this summit is a good venue for us to update ourselves regarding the reforms in mining industry particularly in the establishment of Minahang Bayan.”
RD Mario A. Ancheta delivers his welcome message to the participants of 5th PMRB Summit
“You have been working with us since the beginning; thank you for being our partners. We truly appreciate your dedication to enforce stringent policies on environmental sustainability and protection,” Ancheta added.
In this summit, Engr. Raymond D. Carreon, OIC Chief of Mine Management Division (MMD) and Ms. Maribeth G. Tumaliuan, Mining Claims Examiner discussed the DAO 2015-03 while Engr. Geoffrey V. Prado, Engineer III tackled updates in small-scale mining in the Cagayan Valley Region.
On the other hand, Engr. Rommel L. Amogan, OIC Chief of Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) talked about environmental protection, social development, safety and health in mining.
Ancheta encouraged the PMRB members to work hand in hand in enforcing policies that can help promote development without the expense of environmental degradation. “We are living in a world where economic development and environmental sustainability must be symbiotic,” he uttered.
The Regional Director added that there can be no real development without a sense of environmental protection. “Let us prepare ourselves to this challenge, let us be inspired to move forward for responsible mining is pro environment,” he said.
The Summit was participated in by the members of PMRB Region 02 and MGB R02 employees.
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in preparing its 2016 budget proposal conducted a budgeting workshop held last April 7-11, 2015.
MGB R02 Regional Director Mario Ancheta, OIC Chief of Finance and Administrative Division (FAD) Erlinda Catabay, Budget Officer Remigia Manuel and Planning Officer Imee Gatan- Agaloos attended the budgeting workshop at Brentwood Suites, Quezon City. The budgeting workshop tackled the new budgeting scheme that the agency will adopt in 2016. MGB will adopt the two-tier budget approach (2TBA) prescribed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) under National Budget Memorandum 123.
The 2TBA is designed to hasten transparency and accountability of various departments and bureaus of the government. This approach will streamline the budget process where discussions and deliberations among existing projects and programs, its expansion and newly proposed programs and projects are conducted separately.
According to MGB Central Office the tier one of 2TBA is focused on the cost of ongoing programs and projects of the MGB. Among these projects and programs are: conduct of Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Subsurface Assessment; intensive information campaign and distribution of the 1:10,000 scale Geohazard Maps under the Geohazards Assessment Program; monitoring of mining operations; programs that address illegal mining and small-scale mining; and the declaration of Mineral Reservation (MinRes) areas.
MGB CO further emphasized that the tier two of TBA is focused on the new programs, spending measures and proposals of the Bureau. Also under tier two are the expansion of ongoing and existing projects and other new programs/projects that may be specific in a certain region.
Agaloos said that the first day of the workshop was conducted by cluster where the Finance and Budget group tackled the unified accounts code, and forward estimates, while the planning group discussed the Performance Informed Budget and Reporting.
“The Administrative group discussed about the staffing per region and the filling up of vacant positions as approved under the rationalization plan of the Bureau,” the Planning Officer exhorted.
On the succeeding days of the workshop it tackled budget proposal on various programs and projects of the agency. Review and finalization of budget proposals were likewise conducted.
The workshop was graced by MGB Director Leo L. Jasareno and Assistant Director Elmer B. Billedo.
MGB R02 inks MOU with 3 mining companies
By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 02 (MGB R02) recently forged a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with three mining companies in the establishment of the Regional Information, Education and Communication Program (RIECP) and Regional Emergency Response Team (RERT).
David Way of OceanaGold, MGB R02 RD Mario Ancheta, Craig Watkins of FCF Minerals and Jose Miranda of Geogen Corp. forge their signature in the Memorandum of Understanding of RIECP and RERT at MGB conference hall.
MGB R02 Regional Director Engr. Mario A. Ancheta met with David Way, General Manager of OceanaGold Phils. Inc., Craig Watkins, Country Manager of FCF Minerals Corp. and Jose Miranda, Authorized Representative of Geogen Corp. for the organization of RIECP and RERT that will help the companies as well as the bureau in formalizing its commitment to widen its reach for information dissemination and in establishing clear guidelines in disaster response in the region.
“This is an opportune time to finally sign our Memorandum of Agreement, this shows that we support each other,” Ancheta stressed.
Engr. Rommel Amogan, OIC Chief of Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) said that the RIECP aims to increase the awareness of people about mining and to influence the general notion of people regarding the impact of mining in the environment.
The RIECP will be producing brochures, videos, and educational materials as well as acquiring radio spot/blocktimes, maintaining website and establishing mining conference booths that will promote the benefits of mining in the region. The IEC materials produced by the REICP will be integrated to the company’s IEC program.
Further, the RIECP will build up a link with the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association, Philippines Society of Mining Engineers and any other related organizations to help in making the vision of the program into reality.
The conduct of research concerning mining in Region II, gathering of statistics as to the economic impacts of mining, percentage of employment and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Region II shall likewise be spearheaded to inform and to convince the people regarding the benefits of mining in the region.
On the other hand, the RERT is established to properly respond to emergencies and disasters in Region 02 especially during earthquakes, fires, floods and other natural or human-induced disasters.
Trainings, seminars and workshops will be conducted to enhance the knowledge and skills of the RERT about first aid and disaster response.
“It is an appropriate time for the signing of MOU to formalize things to properly take action,” RD Ancheta said in his message.
The Regional Director added that the MOU signing is a living proof that the mining industry in the Cagayan Valley region is ready to take the challenge and to move further.
“It is gratifying to note that this MOU signing will help us in executing and in achieving our goals in the mining industry,” he stated.
The MOU signing ceremony was attended by MGB R02 Division Chiefs, Section Chiefs rank and file employees as well as representatives of Geogen Corp., FCF Minerals and OceanaGold Philippines.