MGB-13 conducts mining seminar for Diocese of Surigao sectoral members
To heighten the awareness of the religious sector on mining, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-13 conducted the Awareness on Mineral Resources Seminar in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands for the Diocese of Surigao sectoral members on April 10, 2019 held at the Cathedral Parish Hall, San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish, this city.
The activity aimed to enrich the knowledge of the participants on mineral resources and the mining industry in particular.
MGB-13 Geosciences Division Chief Romeo M. Dalodado and selected technical personnel gave substantial presentations on Geology and Mineralization of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands; Mining Policies and Tenement Updates; Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program; Employment and Taxes derived from Mining; and Social Development and Management Program.
Topics on the positive impacts of mining on numerous communities were highlighted; the possible negative impacts of mining and the corresponding mitigating measures to be undertaken by the mining companies; and the interventions to be carried out by the concerned regulatory government agencies were also presented.
Reid Bautista, the information, education and comunications officer of Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation, presented his company’s best social development and management program (SDMP) practices and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
Bautista also presented a video showing the social development projects of THPAL.
The Diocese of Surigao has been into a critical collaboration with the mining industry since 1999 when it became a member of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committees (MRFCs) and Multi-Partite Monitoring Teams (MMTs) of the mining companies operating within the Diocese of Surigao which has an episcopal jurisdiction in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands.
Over the past two decades, the Diocese of Surigao, together with the rest of the MRFC members, has been instrumental in molding the face of the mining industry in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands.
Since membership to MRFC was limited only to the official representatives of the Bishop and for MMT to the Parish Priest or his official representative assigned in areas where a mining operation is present, it is essential for the other diocesan clergy, nuns, seminarians, and social action workers to keep abreast of relevant information and developments in the mining industry in the said provinces through an awareness campaign activity.
Copies of the IEC material entitled “Mining Quick Facts” were distributed to the participants.
After the presentations, an open forum was conducted wherein the participants raised issues and concerns related to the presented topics which were appreciated and noted by the MGB-13 technical personnel.
Towards the end of the activity, Engr. Elmer Tecson of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office of Surigao City, presented the solid waste management advocacy of the city government.
The event was attended by the clergy, nuns, seminarians and social action workers of the Diocese of Surigao. (Marie Pennelope E. Fang, MGB-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)