The Mines and Geosciences Bureau RO-8 (MGB-08) conducted a Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC)- Guiuan, Eastern Samar Organizational Virtual Meeting for the Homonhon Lateritic Nickel/Iron Project of Nickelace, Inc. in Homonhon Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar on August 7, 2020.
The said meeting discussed among others, the roles and functions of the MRFC and the Multipartite Monitoring Team (MMT), documentary/reportorial requirements, required funds (MTF, RCF and FMRDF) and other related requirements per provisions of Republic Act No. 7942 (R.A. 7942), otherwise known as the “Philippine Mining Act of 1995” and DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2010-21, the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7942.
The company was likewise advised to submit an Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (AEPEP) for the remaining 3rd and 4th quarters of Calendar Year 2020. On September 2, 2020, a Special MRFC-NKI, Guiuan, Eastern Samar Virtual Meeting was conducted for the final evaluation, deliberation and subsequent approval of the submitted 2020 AEPEP. The submitted 2020 AEPEP of Nickelace, Inc. was approved by the MRFC during the said special MRFC virtual meeting with some agreed changes/modification on condition that the Certificate of Approval will be issued upon submission of the final version of the approved 2020 AEPEP, which was submitted thru email on September 4, 2020.
The meeting was attended/participated by representatives from the MGB-08, DENR-08, Nickelace, Inc., LGU-Guiuan, Eastern Samar and local Non-Government Organization (NGO).