The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region XI (MGB XI) conducted an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign about the DAO 2015-03 or the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991(RA 7076) to the Small-Scale Mining Operators last 24 February 2022 at Bango Elementary School covered court situated in Sitio Bango, Barangay Ngan, Compostela, Davao De Oro.

MGB XI Engineer Richard U. Aquino together with the embedded personnel to CENRO Monkayo Checlet Mae M. Madridano discussed the significance of responsible mining to the small-scale miners and promoted a comprehensive approach in ensuring their commitments for the protection of the people and environment.

Engr. Aquino and Madridano emphasized the importance of the declaration of Minahang Bayan in a mineralized area for Small-Scale Miners to operate and the need to secure a small-scale mining contract prior to operation.

One of the issues raised during the IEC activity was the assistance of authorized personnel to the small-scale mining operators in Sitio Bango in securing mining contracts. Engr. Aquino reiterated the requirements needed to secure a mining contract and the process on how to register as small-scale miners in accordance with the IRR of RA7076.

“The MGB XI, under the leadership of our Regional Director Atty. Jasper Alberto H. Lascano is always willing to assist small-scale mining operators to attain responsible and sustainable mining in your area”, Aquino said.

The 39 attendees listened attentively during the lecture and actively participated in the open forum.