In celebration of the 123rd Founding Anniversary of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), MGB Regional Office (RO) No. XI hosted a Mining Consultation for the Priority Projects in Region XI with a theme, “Mining Priority Projects as Economic Drivers during the Pandemic”, held on November 29, 2021, at Eden Nature Park & Resort, Toril, Davao City.

This first-of-its-kind event was initiated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Attached Agencies, Mining, and Muslim Affairs and Supervising Undersecretary for Forest Management Bureau and the Director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

The event was participated by DENR Usec. Jim O. Sampulna, MGB Director Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Director William P. Cuñado, Assistant Regional Executive Director Victor T. Billones, MGB RO No. XI Regional Director Atty. Jasper Alberto H. Lascano and their Technical Personnel, and representatives from the six (6) mining contractors, which presented the status of their respective Mining Projects in line as Mining Priority Projects for its potentially valuable contribution to the country’s economic recovery.

Further, these companies took the opportunity to seek the assistance of the DENR, EMB, and MGB on the issues and concerns for the commencement of their projects.

“We, at MGB XI, are always ready to assist mining companies in their operation and our personnel will always extend the service during the implementation of the mining projects”, said RD Lascano.

DENR officials, in return, assured their full support and assistance to the mining contractors but clarified that it should ensure and uphold Responsible Mining pursuant to Republic Act No. 7942 or otherwise known as the “Philippine Mining Act of 1995”. Both parties enclosed their commitments on the said consultation.

“I encourage each and every one of you to be part of the good news of the economic development of the country, not because you are dollar earners, but because you practice responsible mining”, USec Sampulna said.

In the photo (R-L) are DENR Undersecretary Jim Sampulna, MGB Director Wilfredo Moncano, EMB Director William Cuñado and MGB XI Regional Director Jasper Alberto Lascano.