Davao City – A Media and Stakeholder’s Forum was conducted by the MGB Regional Office No. XI in partnership with the Alliance of Responsible Miners of Region XI (ARMOR XI) last April 8, 2022, at the Grand Regal Hotel in Lanang, Davao City.

The one-day event themed “Harnessing Disaster Resiliency through Responsible Mining” was conducted in relation to the instruction of Acting Secretary Jim Sampulna which instructed all MGB regional offices to conduct a media forum on mining-related concerns. The event was also part of the continuous effort of the government to correct the negative perception of various stakeholders when it comes to mining activities. Likewise, the event showcased responsible mining and the policies formulated to ensure the same.

It was attended by representatives of mining companies, Local Government Units, media practitioners, academe, and other stakeholders through face-to-face and virtual participation. In attendance also were the top officials from the DENR: Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Eastern Mindanao Ruth M. Tawantawan, CESO II, Assistant Secretary for Finance, Information Systems and Mining Concerns Nonita S. Caguioa, Assistant Secretary for Indigenous Peoples Affairs Jose B. Ong, MGB Director Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano, DENR XI Regional Executive Director Bagani Fidel A. Evasco, Director III Engr. Maribel P. Alicer, MGB XI Regional Director Atty. Jasper Alberto H. Lascano, CESO V, and PENROs and CENROs within Region XI.

“To all of our stakeholders, we commit to be of service to you and to ensure that we are able to advocate for responsible mining and we are asking also for your commitment to be with us, as our partners, to further push for and advocate for responsible and sustainable mining to secure the needs of future generations.” RD Lascano said as he emphasized the government’s commitment in utilizing the country’s mineral resources in a responsible manner.

A recognition of special awards was also given during the Media Forum to Compliant Tenement Holders for CY 2020, Gender and Development Best Practitioners for Highest Female Official Employed in Mining Operation and Highest number of Female Employed in Mining Operation, and Commendation Awards.

On the same day, a virtual presser was also conducted together with PIA Davao Region and was attended by Director Moncano, RD Lascano, and Chief, MSESDD Engr. Marcial Mateo from MGB Central Office.