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These mining firms need to explain why their operations should not be suspended. - Senior Usec. Leo Jasareno

 

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RD Fay Apil with members of the Civil Society Organizations discussing issues and concerns on mining, during the DENR People’s Day held on September 13, 2016 at Tabuk City, Kalinga.

In celebrating the Philippine Environment Month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) have set up a nationwide simultaneous Photo Exhibit on Mine Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation.  It showcases the activities and programs being done by mining and exploration projects in the region in protection of the environment. 

The exhibit is open to the general public at the former Office of the DENR-CAR building along 80 Diego Silang St., Baguio City, from 8:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon until the first week of July.

Host and neighboring communities affected by mining operations in the region, benefit from the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) and Community Development Programs (CDP) of mining and exploration projects.  This year’s Budget for social/community development in affected communities is 230.65 million pesos which is 3.76% lower than last year’s budget of 239.66 million pesos.   

For the past 6 years, the region has no new mining investment to boost mineral production that raises SDMP budget for more social/community development programs.  Mining projects hardly satisfy their annual commitment with their host and neighboring communities as evidenced by balances incurred due to tight cash flow; natural calamities and disasters; political and cultural set back; and social conflicts.

Forty-five female and male participants from Sta. Fe, Banget, Quarry and Sal-angan in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet, were provided by Macawiwili Gold Mining and Development Company, Inc., an exploration company thereat, with hands-on training on Mushroom Culture and Propagation in order to start up said livelihood program as encompassed in the company’s approved Community Development Program (CDP).  The training was coordinated with the Municipality of Itogon which sent Mr. Berto Bayeng, Municipal Agriculture Officer, as one of the lecturers.  The second photo shows two veteran resource persons, Ms. Cynthia Pontino, 4th from right, a mushroom beneficiary of an adjacent mining company who now supplies big restaurants in Baguio City with her shiitake mushrooms and Alicia Gatab, 1st from left, a renowned mushroom producer from Bakong, Loacan, Itogon, demonstrating the proper way of putting planting spawns in sterilized bottles and plastic fruiting bags.  The MGB-CAR representative at the center also participated in the activity. -(R. G. Ortega)