The Mines and Geosciences Bureau RXI conducted an information, education and communication (IEC) activity for the Sangguniang Bayan members of New Bataan last August 16 at the Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall in the municipality of New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province.

Speaker for the said activity was Engineer Richard U. Aquino who discussed the People’s Small Scale Mining Act of 1991 otherwise known as Republic Act 7076 and the status of the mining industry in the region highlighting the existing mining claims and the locations of the small scale mining areas in New Bataan.

One of the issues discussed during the IEC activity was the necessary steps to be done if the area proposed as a Peoples’ Small Scale Mining Area is in conflict. Engr. Aquino said that under the implementing rules and regulations of RA 7076, if the area is in conflict totally, the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) will deny the application. If the area is partially in conflict, PMRB will return the application for revision and resubmission.