Mines and Geosciences Bureau RXI Regional Director Jasper Alberto H. Lascano meets on July 10 with Congressman Joel Mayo Z. Almario of Davao Oriental, who recently filed a bill declaring Davao Oriental as a mining free zone. 

Congressman Almario of District 2 Davao Oriental has filed earlier a bill declaring Davao Oriental as a Mining Free Zone. The meeting was attended by MGB RXI RD Jasper Alberto H. Lascano and Geosciences Division OIC chief Beverly Mae Brebante and mining engineer Richard U. Aquino. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENR) Alberto Bandiola and CENRO Zaldy Lumaan of CENRO Mati were also present during the meeting. 

Earlier this year MGB RXI conducted seminar orientation (information, education and communication-IEC) activity with the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Davao Oriental on RA 7942 and geohazard.  Congressman Almario during the activity informed the MGB RXI team about House Bill No. 1124 Re: An Act Declaring Davao oriental as  a Mining Free Zone. The team in answer informed the SP Members that MGB CO has already drafted a response and will be sending the said document to the proper government body.