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July 4, 2022

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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. 8 conducted a Special Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC) meeting at Guiuan, Eastern Samar on June 28, 2022, pursuant to the approval of the Restoration of the Term and Lifting of the Suspension of the Mining Operations under Mineral Production Sharing Agreement No. 012-92-VIII granted to Hinatuan Mining Corporation (HMC) by MGB Director, Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano.

The special meeting was conducted in preparation for the upcoming mining activities/operations of the mining company together with the deliberation, evaluation and endorsement to the MGB Central Office of its submitted Environmental Protection and Enhancement (EPEP) and Final Mine Rehabilitation and/or Decommissioning Plan (FMR/DP).

The meeting was participated by DENR-08 OIC Regional Executive Director, Arturo E. Fadriquela, EMB-08 OIC, Regional Director, Reynaldo B. Barra, MGB-08 Regional Director, Carlos A. Tayag, and other MRFC members and technical secretariat.

In the said meeting, the EPEP and FMR/DP submitted by the mining company was initially evaluated, deliberated and endorsed by the committee to the Contingent Liability and Rehabilitation Fund (CLRF) Steering Committee at the MGB Central Office through a Resolution for final evaluation and further approval.

RD Carlos Tayag together with MGB-08 technical team also conducted a site visit of HMC particularly at the settling ponds, mine pit areas and company cause way at Brgy. Buenavista, Manicani Island, where fish traps are newly installed.