February 16, 20222022 02 18 1

2022 02 18 1

2022 02 18 1

2022 02 18 1

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. VIII (MGB RO8) participated in the two-day Virtual Stakeholders’ Forum entitled “Know Mine, Know Life: Elevating the Mission of Responsible Mining Confirmation” held on February 10-11, 2022, spearheaded by the Mineral Economics, Information, and Publication Division of the MGB Central Office.

The two-day Virtual Stakeholders’ Forum highlighted informative and engaging discussions on recent policies and developments in mining as well as best practices in elevating the nationwide mission of responsible mining.

Among the topics discussed were: DENR Administrative Order 2021-40 and relevant policy matters on lifting the ban on open pit mining by Engr. Marcial H. Mateo, Chief of the Mines Safety, Environment and Social Development Division, MGB Central Office (CO); lecture on "Inspiring Change: Agata's journey to transformative mining by Engr. Marichu Batingal-Robles, Agata Mining Ventures Inc. and Ridge to Reef: BNC's Holistic Approach on Environmental Programs" by Mr. Jay Pee R. Dela Cruz, Environmental Head, Berong Nickel Corporation.

These were followed by presentations on best practices in responsible mining by Taganito Mining Corporation and Hinatuan Mining Corporation and Platinum Group Metals Corporation.

Meanwhile, on the second day, presentations on recent policy issuances entitled "Harmonizing the Mining Operations of an Operator Under a Mining Tenement (DAO 2021-37)" and "Guidelines Determining the Taxable Percentage of Gold and Iron Content as Associated Minerals in Dredged Materials" were presented by Engr. Edgardo D. Castillo, Chief, Mine Management Division, MGB Calabarzon and Engr. Juancho Pablo S. Calvez, OIC Assistant Director and concurrent Chief of the Metallurgical Technology Division, MGB-CO, respectively.

The Virtual Stakeholders’ Forum brought together almost 1000 partners and stakeholders from the mining industry, national and local government bodies, academe, media and civil society who likewise had the opportunity to hear from the nine awardees of the 2021 Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Awardees (PMIEA).

MGB-08 attendees were RD Carlos A. Tayag, Atty. Rogelio P. Napoles, Jr., Economist and Celeste Faith de la Cruz, Information Officer.