The Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB)- XI  successfully conducted on April 30, 2021 a one-day refresher course on relevant laws and Department Memorandum Circulars governing the Sand and Gravel Extractions and Small Scale Mining regulations as well as procedures on the investigation, seizure, confiscation, and disposition of illegal mining operations for its twelve (12) embedded technical personnel who are deployed in the different Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) of the DENR Region XI.

In addition, the said course with blended seminar was also attended by  24 participants coming from the DENR PENROs & CENROs using an online/virtual platform (ZOOM). No less than the DENR Assistant Secretary Joan A. Lagunda  for Field Operations-Mindanao and Legislative Affairs gave her keynote message online, and extolled the activity “as part of MGB-XI Direction in Advocating Responsible and Sustainable Mining and Legacy Building in Government Service”.

This is the third series of continuing capability building seminar as MGB-XI sees the need for the conduct of a regular refresher course pursuant with  DENR Administrative Order No. 2018-18 entitled “Establishing a Centralized Management and Coordinative Mechanism at the Regional Offices of DENR, MGB, and EMB, and Designating the DENR Regional Director as the Regional Executive Director Providing Overall Command of Regional Operations”, which states that the PENRO and CENRO shall undergo continuing capacity building on technical matters in mining and enforcement of environmental laws, rules and regulations to be able to perform its functions effectively and efficiently