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Confident of passing OGPI welcomes mine audit

 OceanaGold Philippines Inc. has express their support to welcome the transparent mine audit by the national government” to prove its track record as a responsible operator” in the industry.

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez ordered the mine audit of OceanaGold after a petition from anti-mining activists to cancel its exploration permit renewal for an expansion.

“Any audit would also reveal OGPI's significant contributions to its host communities over and above the mandated requirements under the Philippine Mining Act. Notable is theDidipio Community Development Corp.(DiCorp), which was establishedAugust 11, 2011to assist the local community in creating sustainable business partnership among enterprising locals” Ramoncito Gozar, senior vice president for communications and external affairs said.

“ The company is ready for any audit and is confident and proud of its track record as a responsible operator,” Gozar added.

He also said that The OGPI Didipio operation is ISO 14001-certified, and is the first mining project to receive such accreditation in 2015 providing the criteria for environmental-management system mandated by theDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources.

“In 2015 OGPI was awarded the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA) for exhibiting outstanding level of dedication, initiative and innovation in pursuit of excellence in mining operations, environmental, safety, health management and community development, “he added.

“ The company is strongly committed as ever to working closely with its many stakeholder groups to continue providing significant benefits and leaving a positive, long lasting legacy,” Gozar expressed. 

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Geosciences Division intensifies IEC drive

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“ Public awareness about geologic hazards is important to mitigate its impact”, said Regional Director Engr. Mario A, Ancheta during the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) drive on Geohazard Assessment and Mapping Program at Valley Hotel, Alimanao Hills, Penablanca, Cagayan held last August 30-31, 2016.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau thru its Geosciences Division intensified its IEC campaign by inviting local leaders and their barangay officials to inform them on the impacts of geologic hazards in the community.

Lectures focused on rain-induced landslide hazard, flood hazard and hazard in Karst Areas.

The IEC drive likewise presented to the LGUs of Tuguegarao City and Penablanca, Cagayan the 1:10,000 flood and landslide susceptibility maps of their respective barangays.

Geologists from MGB R0II explained to the local officials the use of the maps that will serve as their guides in their community-based disaster preparedness plans, comprehensive land use plans, development plans and identification of relocation sites in case of landslide and flooding incidents in their area.

In the year 2014, the Bureau has already completed the assessment of 93 cities/municipalities and over 2,000 barangays in the Cagayan Valley Region for their 1:10,000 mapping scale.

For 2015 onwards, MGB has been conducting region-wide IEC to educate the local government officials on geohazard. #LRB

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OceanaGold undergoes mine audit

By: Lyndee Basilio

Tuguegarao City, Cagayan- In line with the concentrated efforts of the government to promote responsible mining, OceanaGold Philippines Inc. welcomed the order of newly installed Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, a memorandum to audit all operating mines and moratorium of new mining projects that covers an extensive audit of all mining operations.

Ramoncito P. Gozar, OceanaGold’s SVP for Communications and External Affairs said that the company is ready for any audit.

“ Any audit would also reveal OGPI's significant contributions to its host communities over and above the mandated requirements under the Philippine Mining Act. Notable is theDidipio Community Development Corp.(DiCorp), which was establishedAugust 11, 2011to assist the local community in creating sustainable business partnership among enterprising locals,” Gozar said.

Based on the memorandum 2016-01, all operating ans suspended mines will be subject to an audit to determine the adequacy and efficiency of the environmental protection measures, identify gaps in protection measures and to determine appropriate penalties in case of violations.

The mining firms were given a month to comply with the order, non compliance will result to the suspension of the mining operations.

The audit will cover the compliance of the company in environmental management, safety and health management, and social development management.

The audit team assigned to Region 02 were: Nemesio M. Beronilla, team leader, Forest Management Bureau (FMB); ARD Wilfredo Malvar, DENR Region 02; and Christian Oropesa and Astor Rejuso, Environment Management Bureau (EMB).

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Cagayan Provincial Gov’t, Mines Bureau spearhead 1st Quarry Summit

By: LRB

cagayanThe Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II (MGB R0II) hand in hand with the Provincial Government of Cagayan spearheaded the 1st Quarry Summit last September 19, 2016 at Hotel Carmelita, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

Dubbed as:”Pabaruen ti Cagayan:  Revitalizing the Quarry Industry of Cagayan,” the summit aims to harmonize the system of quarry operations in the province of Cagayan and to  increase its revenue collection. 

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba lamented that the province of Cagayan had only collected 2.4 M in quarry fees, as compared to Pampanga’s over billions of pesos.

Based on data of Edwin Beundia, it stated that there are major irregularities in the quarry operations in Cagayan. Gov. Mamba pointed out that during his term there will be a big change in the quarry operations in the province.

The Quarry summit was participated in by over 300 attendees coming from local chief executives, barangay captains, contractors, permittee and representatives of National Government Agencies and other stake holders.

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Aussie Ambassador visits Didipio Mine

By: Lyndee Rose Basilio

ambasadorAustralian Ambassador to the Philippines Ms. Amanda Gorely visited OceanaGold Philippines Incorporated in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya last September 13, 2016.

The Australian Ambassador travelled around the mine site including the water treatment facility, Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) projects and the underground mine operation of OceanaGold.

OceanaGold Chairman Joey P. Leviste and David Way, Didipio Mine General manager were present during the visit to accompany the ambassador.

MGB Regional Director Engr. Mario A. Ancheta likewise accompanied Ms. Goyler on her visit at the mine site.

On her twitter account, Ms. Goyler said that,” it was great to learn more about responsible mining.”

RD Ancheta on the other hand said, “the visit of the ambassador is a good sign for the mining industry, this specifically tells us that they want to know more about mining.

“It is a good position for us to prove that what we are doing is a good thing,” RD Ancheta said. 

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