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MGB and mining stakeholders tackle policy updates

Regional Director of MGB Mimaropa Glenn Marcelo C. Noble, Chief Engineer of the Mines Management Division. Ellengrace R. Galiste, and Chief Engineer of the Mining Safety, Environment and Social Development Division. Alvin S. Requimin joins resource persons and participants for the TSHES Policy Updates Seminar. (Photo MGB)

MANILA, Philippines (MGB Mimaropa) — The Mimaropa Region Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has brought together mining sector stakeholders and partner government agencies in the region to discuss policy updates on Buildings, Safety and Health and Social Development (TSHES) in a hybrid seminar held at The Heritage Hotel Manila and via Zoom on June 27.

This is part of the activities of the MGB Mimaropa Region on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippines Environment Month 2022.

In his message, MGB Mimaropa Regional Director, Glenn Marcelo C. Noble, highlighted the importance of this activity which serves as a venue to clarify questions about TSHES and other mining-related concerns.

RD Noble also cited the standardization of the mining permit/contract monitoring system which began in 2018 to determine the level of compliance of contractors/permits/permit holders with all mandatory compliances, reporting requirements and tax obligations, among others.

For the Tenements component, participants were oriented on the state of mining tenures in the MIMAROPA region; and new mining contract policies such as Department of DENR Administrative Order No. 2021-12 (Guidelines for Automatic Renewal of Exploration Period and Timely Filing of Mining Project Feasibility Statement under the Exploration Permit, Mineral Production Sharing Agreement, Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement and Similar Mining Tenements) and 2021-37 (Harmonization of Mining Operations of an Operator under Mining Tenement).

Resource persons from the MGB Central Office also discussed mining permits involving government projects, and policies in processing mining applications.

Meanwhile, the afternoon session focused on the formulation and implementation of the contractor/permit/permit holder’s safety and health program, environmental work program, protection and improvement of the environment, the final plan for the rehabilitation and/or decommissioning of the mine and the development and social management programme. (PR)