Forum panelists: (middle) Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano, MGB Director, Right: Ms. Fay W. Apil, MGB-CAR Director, left: Mr. Socrates G. Gaerlan, MGB R1 Director
The Mining Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum for Cordillera Administrative and Ilocos Regions was held on April 28, 2022, at the Venus Parkview Hotel in Baguio City. The forum gathered partners from the mining industry, national government agencies, local government bodies, and civil society to discuss issues and concerns in the minerals industry of both regions.
Representing the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR) to welcome the participants was For. Maximo F. Soriano, Jr., Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services. He expressed appreciation for the conduct of the activity and the presence of guests and participants.
Ms. Fay W. Apil, regional mining bureau director, in the overview of the activity explained that the gathering aims to address issues and concerns of the mining stakeholders in both regions. Moreover, the mining permit holders were to apprise everyone of their status and plans.
Director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano, in his message, relayed some policy developments and how the mining industry plays a significant role as an economic driver in the national recovery plan.
The DENR Secretary Jim O. Sampulna, through the Assistant Secretary for Finance, Information Systems, and Mining Concerns Nonita S. Caguioa gave a recorded message stressing the importance of the activity in attaining the department’s goals and propelling economic recovery.
Mining permit holders’ representatives presented their companies’ statuses and clarified questions raised by the panelists.
Mr. Rolando D. Ursua of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company presented for Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) No. 151; Dr. Eric S. Andal, resident manager of Itogon-Suyoc Resources Inc. presented for MPSA No. 152; Mr. Ruel Malapitan, manager for the Mine Geology Department presented for Philex Mining Corporation’s MPSA Nos. 156 & 157; Mr. Franklin Lobino, Senior Geologist of Macawiwili Gold Mining & Development Corp. updated on MPSA No. 278. Engr. Alfredo J. Genetiano, chief of MGB-CAR’s Mine Management Division, updated on MPSA No. 057, in the absence of a representative for Crescent Mining and Development Corp.
For Exploration Permit No. 003, Ms. Patrique Jane Duran of Makilala Mining Company shared on their status.
Region 1 permit holders for Industrial Sand and Gravel operations Omnico Natural Resources, Inc. represented by Ms. Alma Co, and MG8 Terminal, Inc. represented by Engr. Roque Palmes comprehensively presented their concerns during the afternoon session. Mining permit holders Gulf Estates Mining Corporation represented by its vice president, Ms. Victoria Agbayani and Rigid Aggregates and Mining Corporation’s project manager Engr. Danny Licodin presented their cases virtually.
Forum panelists were led by MGB Director Atty. Moncano, and his team from the mining bureau’s central office: Engr. Marcial H. Mateo, chief, Mine Safety, Environment, and Social Development Division, Engr. Danilo D. Deleña, chief, Mining Tenements Management Division and Engr. Theodore Rommel E. Pestaño, OIC chief, Mining Technology Division. Other members of the panel included the regional directors of MGB-CAR Fay W. Apil and MGB-RO 1 Socrates G. Gaerlan, Environmental Management Bureau regional directors Ma. Victoria V. Abrera (CAR) and Maria Dorica N. Hipe (Region 1) and DENR-CAR, ARD for Technical Services For. Maximo Soriano, Jr. Representing the other national government agencies were: Atty. Arthur Herman of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP-CAR), Mr. Alfrainer Partido of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG-CAR), Engr. Julius Manabeng from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-CAR); Ms. Meriam Micklay from the Department of Agriculture (DA-CAR) and Mr. Jose Dado, Jr. of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA-CAR).
The activity closed with messages of support and encouragement from the panelists. MGB Region 1 director Mr. Gaerlan concluded the activity by highlighting the important role of every stakeholder in the mining industry. He encouraged all present to sustain collaborative efforts in the promotion of mineral development as a viable option for the country’s sustainable economic growth. (Sheila May V. Sanqui, Information Officer II, MGB-CAR)
MGB Director Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano emphasized the role of the mining industry as an economic driver in the national recovery programs.