The Mines and Geosciences Bureau accomplished its commitments under the performance informed budget approach in the 2014 General Appropriations Act.

Leading the commitment of the MGB to the Social Contract of the President is the completion of the 1:10,000 scale geohazard assessment of 1,634 cities/municipalities in the entire country under the National Geohazard Assessment Program. The 1:10,000 scale geohazard assessment started in 2011. Included in the 1,634 cities/municipalities are the 171 cities/municipalities that were affected by Typhoon Yolanda and the 17 cities and municipalities affected by the Bohol earthquake. The geohazard maps are now being finalized and printed ready for distribution to the local government units.

MGB has also committed to ensure a responsible minerals industry. A total of 1,216 inspections were conducted on mining permits/contracts to determine the compliance with the terms and conditions and implementation of work programs and safety, health, environment, and social development requirements. Complementing these monitoring by the MGB are the 235 operational multipartite monitoring teams for mining permits/contracts under the production stage.

The fight against illegal mining has been also a priority program of the MGB. A total of 86 cease and desist orders were issued/implemented to illegal and erring mining operations. This activity resulted to the filing of 13 complaints/charges in the Provincial or City Prosecutors Office against the concerned entities.

All these were accomplished thru the combined efforts of the men and women of the MGB in the Central Office and fifteen Regional Offices headed by Director Leo. L. Jasareno.

By: Planning and Policy Division

 

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