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DENR, MGB-10 promote best practices thru responsible mining forum

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL (PIA)—To further advocate for sustainable mining operations in the country, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-10 through the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-10 conducted a forum on responsible mining practices dubbed, “Know Mine, Know Life: Upholding Responsible Mining in Region 10,” March 8. 

During the event, Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB)-10 Regional Director Reynaldo Digamo said underscored the impact of mining practices towards the environment, affected communities, and the local and national economy. Digamo also reaffirmed EMB’s commitment to sustainable mining operations. 

“As far as the Environmental Management Bureau is concerned, our direction towards sustainable or responsible mining is the diligent and religious compliance to our environmental laws,” Digamo said. 

For her part, Mining Tenement Evaluation Section (MTES) Chief Engr. Maria Raniela Orteza said to practice responsible mining means abiding by the law and securing proper permits and contracts. 

In 2021, MGB has issued a total of 36 permits in region 10 including those for exploration, mineral processing, and sand and gravel. Meanwhile, a total of 456 permits for extraction of quarry resources have been issued by local govern units in Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Iligan City, Camiguin, Cagayan de Oro City, and Bukidnon.

“For the past three years, the number of issued permits both [by] the MGB and the LGUs have increased at an average of 19% per year. This is an indicator that we in region 10 really uphold responsible mining,” Orteza said. 

Mining companies have also developed and implemented various social development initiatives in communities surrounding their mining sites. Environment Officer Antonieto Añora of Helix Resources and Development Corporation said they have partnered with mining communities for their information education campaigns (IECs) and greening programs.

In addition, Republic Cement Mindanao Incorporated (RMCI) Mine Environment Protection and Enhancement Officer Engr. Reyna Gemao said through its Social Development Management Program, RCMI has been able to implement health, infrastructure, education, and livelihood and skills development initiatives for their stakeholders and neighboring communities. 

MGB-10 Mine Management Division Chief Engr. Janice Furog lauded MGB-10 and all participating agencies and partners, saying these events help enhance and deepen the public’s understanding on current policies, issues, and directions of the mineral industry.

Key officials from the agency’s line bureaus and representatives of mining companies in Region 10 were present during the said event to share their practices towards sustainable and responsible mining. (GDA/PIA-10/Misamis Occidental)

 

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