More than a hundred-people coming from the host and neighboring barangays of Philex Mining Corporation (PMC) in Itogon and Tuba and representatives of the mining company gathered at the MGB-CAR Conference Hall on March 10, 2017 to discuss and resolve issues concerning the two parties. The following representatives from concerned agencies and local government units attended the dialogue and shared their piece on the issues presented: Engr. Rodolfo L. Velasco, Jr., Chief, Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division, MGB-Central Office, RD Reynaldo Digamo, EMB-CAR, Mr. Joel Behis, DENR-CAR, Mr. Adam P. Ventura, Provincial Government of Benguet, Mr. Mario M. Baucas, Benguet Congressional District Office, Hon. Ignacio Rivera, Mayor, Tuba and Hon. Eddie P. Amuasen, Punong Barangay, Ampucao.
MGB-CAR convened the dialogue to address the issues raised by community leaders and members with the mining company operating in their communities. Letters from community members which have been sent to the national agencies have also been discussed and addressed during the dialogue.
The MGB-CAR OIC, Regional Director Fay W. Apil stressed that the dialogue was convened to address and resolve issues and to come up with win-win solutions for both parties. Continuing consultation with the community leaders and the company representatives is always encouraged. MGB-CAR and other government agencies will always extend assistance whenever needed.