MGB Central Office clarified recently the DENR Special Order No. 2017-299 “Authorizing the DENR Regional Directors to Directly Issue Orders and/or Instructions to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Environmental Management Bureau Regional Directors,” which was approved By DENR Secretary Regina Paz Lopez on April 5, 2017.
As posted on the MGB website on April 6, 2017 , MGB said it recognizes the authority of the DENR Secretary to issue Special Orders that are in accordance with existing laws, rules and regulations and that the DENR Special Order No. 2017-299 is not an amendment to the Administrative Code, Executive Order No. 292.
Further, said order does not amend existing DENR Department Administrative Orders prescribing the rules and regulations in the implementation of the mandate and functions of the MGB and existing DENR Department Administrative Order delineating the Authorities that must be exercised at every level of governance of MGB functions and authority, and does not change the status of MGB as a line bureau in accordance with Republic Act No. 7942.
MGB also explained that the DENR Special Order No. 2017-299 reinforces the coordinative supervision of DENR Regional Directors to MGB Regional Directors on matters necessary for collaborative implementation of Environmental and Natural Resources laws and does not supersede Presidential Directive No. 002 issued on July 26, 2016 by the President of the Republic of the Philippines, the highest official of the Philippine Government.
The MGB Regional Directors are therefore enjoined and must perform their duties and functions in accordance with existing laws, rules and regulations which clearly define their responsibilities and accountabilities and all Career Officials in MGB and DENR are expected to perform their duties and functions with the highest degree of competence, integrity and professionalism in properly implementing DENR Special Order No 2017-299, as applicable.
The MGB made such clarifications in view of the queries and requests it received from the public.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) signed a a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last April 4 to develop technology-driven solutions for “responsible mining”.
The DOST inked the deal through the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research Development (PCIEERD) at the Manila Golf and Country Club in Bonifacio Global City, Makati.
PCIEERD is one of the attached agencies of the DOST, while COMP is a private organization of 80 mining and quarrying firms. PCIEERD officials Carlos Primero David and Raul Sabularse signed the MOA with COMP executives Benjamin Philip G. Romualdez and Nelia C. Halcon.
“Hopefully, this will be another long-term successful partnership between COMP and the government,” said Romualdez as he expressed willingness to share mining technologies with the government.
The mining industry has been at loggerheads recently with Gina Lopez, secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, who has revoked a number of mining licenses in the country.
In line with the celebration of the National Women’s Month, some personnel of Mines and Geosciences Bureau R-III Gender and Development Focal System, together with the representatives of different National Government Agencies in Central Luzon, attended the Regional Launching of “The Healthy Women, Healthy Economies (HWHE) Initiative” at the Department of Health Regional Office in Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga on March 8, 2017.
DOH Assistanct Secretary Dr. Leonita P. Gorgolon gave an inspirational message to the participants while Dr Janet T. Miclat, Medical Officer III of DOH R-III, discussed the rationale and objectives of “The Healthy Women, Healthy Economies (HWHE) Initiative.“ Dr. J.T. Miclat also mentioned that the HWHE is an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) initiative that seeks to enhance women’s economic participation by improving women’s health. The HWHE Polity Toolkit focuses on five (5) buckets/categories namely: 1) Workplace Health and Safety, 2) Health Awareness and Access, 3) Sexual and Reproductive Health, 4) Gender-Based Violence, and 5) Work/Life Balance.
In January 2016, the Region III was chosen to be the pilot site for its implementation wherein twelve (12) private companies agreed to participate. These companies conducted self-assessment and were validated last July 2016. They were continuously given technical assistance on the DOH programs, thus encouraging them to improve the current programs offered for the women in their workplaces.
Other guests invited in the said activity were Dr. Maria Clemencita D. Dobles , Health and Safety Division Manager, Clark Development Corporation and Mr. Rolanto T. Zafra, Safety Officer, La Rose Noire Philippines, Inc .
In addition to the orientation, the DOH also provided some health services like blood typing, HIV counselling and testing, blood pressure taking, and random blood sugar monitoring to the participants during the said launching.
Photo shows Mr. Ric Cariaga, Technical and Marketing Executive of Rebtrade International Corporation, introducing to Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region III personnel the TECCO/Spider Systems being offered by their company , which can be applied for sustainable slope stabilization .
According to Mr R. Cariaga, the TECCO/Spider Systems are made of high-tensile steel wires that can stabilize any kind of slope problems, whether it consists of rock or loose soil. They are now being used in different areas here in Philippines particularly in those areas having landslide problems.