Provision of general administration services pertaining to the affairs of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) as follows:
b. Human Resource and Development
a. Planning and Policy
To address the gaps in the implementation of policies stipulated in Republic Act No. 7942 (Mining Act of 1995) and Executive Order No. 270 (National Policy Agenda on Revitalizing Mining in the Philippines), review of existing ones and formulation of new policies that will respond to the issues under the Mineral Action Plan (MAP) are done through the following:
o Formulation of development strategies by re-evaluation of existing plans/programs (such as systems in the approval of mining applications, monitoring and validation of commitments by the mining companies, etc.);
o Series of consultations with concerned LGUs, host communities and other concerned agencies; and
o Planning workshops/fora/management conferences
Planning, programming, evaluation and monitoring of the Bureau’s (Central Office and 15 Regions) operations are dependent on the MGB’s Annual Work and Financial Plan (WFP) consistent with accompanying Plans: Annual Procurement, Trainings/Workshops and Travel data documents. WFP serve as the blueprint in the implementation of the Bureau’s plans/programs/activities both for local and foreign assisted funding for the current year. This also becomes the basis of budget estimates including additional funding requirements for inclusion in MGB’s proposals for the succeeding years. The Bureau’s mandate in the administration and disposition of the country’s mineral lands resources are in sync with the commitments in the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP).
Monthly monitoring of MGB’s performance is made to determine efficiency and effectivity in the delivery of services relative to budget utilization. Conduct of field validation of selected Regional Offices’ accomplishments by the Central Office are undertaken to check authenticity of the formers’ submitted reports.
Results of evaluation of Regional Offices (ROs’ Annual Performance Ratings) accomplishments by the Central Office’s lead operations divisions are consolidated and posted to encourage healthy performance competition among them.
Oversees legality of actions by MGB through investigations, opinions, advices/replies, to MGB’s concerns in the implementation of the Bureau’s mandate in accordance with the implementation of Mining Laws, rules and regulations. Represents MGB and files cases in court, quasi-judicial bodies or tribunals against violators.
Actual field validation of Regional Offices with cases in the Panel of Arbitrators (PA) to check if proceedings and disposition of cases is in accordance with the rules provided in the Rules of Pleadings Practice and Procedures before the PA and the Mines Adjudication Board (MAB).
Review and conduct formal investigations, if necessary by the MAB aimed at judiciously and speedily resolving appealed cases involving mining conflicts elevated by the PA and other mine-related cases filed within the Bureau.
b. Mineral Economics, Information and Publication
Compilation and analysis of date on mineral production, policy, trade, investment, taxation, tariff and other economic matters relative to the mining industry to serve as basis for policy recommendations both for local and international mining investors.
Evaluation of project feasibility studies by mining rights applicants to determine the technical, economic, social and environmental feasibility of mining projects.
Generation, forecasting and consolidation of national statistical data based on the monthly submission of Regional Offices and monthly updating of regional statistical reports to come out with a standard outline on national and official statistics information such as: revenues in form of taxes, mining rights applications approved/registered, producing and non-producing mines, mineral production, sales and employment, export prices and trends in the mining industry. Such data is vital for general consumption and estimation of the mining industry’s gross value added in the national accounts. This is done through conduct of monitoring/validation of accomplishments of mining permittees.
Participation in and establishment of national/regional/ international linkages on trade, policy and investment in mining.
Operationalization and maintenance of Mining Investment Assistance Center (MIAC) to promote and provide information relative to mining rights; investment policies, rules and procedures; fiscal regimes; business norm; and environmental and social requirements; coordination with and referrals to other agencies concerned; and advisory services pertaining to approaches and strategies in doing mining business in the Philippines. In support to the MIAC, the Regional One-Stop-Shop Committees facilitates the issuance of Area Status and Clearance for mining applications to consequently reduce the processing time of said applications.
Publication of Mineral Gazette, technical and popular articles related to mineral resources, mining activities and the environment including the conduct of information, education and communication (IEC) activities for Mineral Resources and Geosciences (MRGS).
Periodic maintenance and enhancement of the Bureau’s Website to facilitate transparency on information campaign by MGB.
Maintenance and enhancement of accurate database systems: Mineral Rights Management, Geographic Information for various geological applications, Safety, Health, Environment and Social (SHES) Development Management.
c. Research and Development
Conduct of the following research and development studies to eventually come up with
a. MINERAL LANDS ADMINISTRATION
Regional Offices monitor while Central Office conducts audit of approved mining contracts/permits outside and within mineral reservations as to:
o Compliance with the terms and conditions of the mining permits/contracts work programs;
o Compliance to the implementation of Safety, Health, Environment and Social (SHES) Management programs such as Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (EPEP), Final Mine Rehabilitation/Decommissioning Plan (FMR/DP), Safety and Health Programs, and Social Development Management Program (SDMP) of large and small-scale mines;
o Validation of volumes and tonnages of mineral resources and ore reserves declared in the mining companies’ feasibility study (results gathered by MGB and Mining Companies) to assess sustainability and effectivity of the companies’ ongoing management systems/protocols/programs through the conduct of field verification.
These serve as venue to provide recommendations/measures/ policy amendments on how to improve the companies’ performance and awareness on their commitments.
On approved permits/contracts within mineral reservations, the Bureau handles the overall administration, management and operation so that the total amount of royalties from mineral shipments due the government shall be duly determined and the payment monitored.
MGB provides technical assistance with the Provincial/City Mining Regulatory Board (P/CMRB) and Multipartite Monitoring Team (MMT) in the abovementioned activities.
Issuance of mining contracts/permits: Financial Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA); Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA); Exploration Permit (EP); Mineral Processing Permit (MPP); Industrial Sand and Gravel Permit (ISAGP); Special Mines (SMP) and Small-Scale Mining Permit (SSMP) including areas within mineral reservations through processing and evaluation of mining applications upon the applicants’ submission of mandatory requirements (DAO 96-40 as amended). Conduct of field verification is done to validate information on land use and classification areas covered by mining applications. This will also ensure that the mining projects are to be undertaken without compromising the environmental and social responsibilities that each applicant has to commit.
Other mining related permits are also issued by the Bureau such as: Ore Tansport Permit (OTP), Certifications/Accreditations of Traders, Dealers, Minerall Processors, Service Contractors, etc.
In addition, within the mineral reservation areas, there is a continuing conduct of assessment and identification of other possible high potential mineral areas. Included is the conduct of capability building in preparation to the packaging of investment profile of the existing mineral reservation areas to accelerate exploration and development of high potential mining projects nationwide.
Implementation of rehabilitation activities in Bagacay, Hinabangan, Western Samar (Philippine Pyrite Corp.) by adopting the Detailed Engineering Planning and Design. Plan of Action are as follows:
o Phase I – Construction of vital structures (interceptor ditches/canals, boulder belts, silt ponds/dam, new access roads, reinforced concrete spillway and perimeter fence) and re-vegetation works (to be applied to disturbed and critical areas like mine pits, tailings ponds, waste dumps, riverbanks and other selected areas.
o Phase II – Care and maintenance of re-vegetated areas to sustain growth and protect the area from further deterioration.
Simultaneously, Phase II of the work is coordinated with Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) for soil amelioration and reforestation covering seventy three (73) hectares. General administration of the said ground works shall be supervised by the MGB-Central Office and periodic monitoring to be handled by MGB-Regional Office VIII.
Funding source is coordinated with the assistance of the World Bank under the National Program Support for Environment and Natural Resources Management Program (NPS-ENRMP) to strengthen DENR’s limited budget resources and catalyze the implementation of Bagacay abandoned mines.
Conduct of risk assessment of fifteen (15) inactive/abandoned mine sites nationwide adopting the following parameters for purpose of gathering baseline data for the development of rehabilitation program for such mining areas: acid mine drainage hazards; safety hazards; erosional hazards; impact to vegetation; visual intrusion and heritage value.
Rapid assessment on coastal/near shore areas downstream of one priority abandoned mine site, Western Minolco Corporation in Atok, Benguet through the conduct of geo-scientific survey and laboratory analysis of sediments and water samples to establish impact attributions and environmental effects on water brought about by past mining operations. Results of study are vital in decision making on future rehabilitation programs.
Preparation, packaging, reproduction and dissemination of suitable information materials that shall cater to the requirements of the mining industry’s stakeholders in line with the Bureau’s thrust to inform, communicate and educate the public on mining investment promotion and issues/concerns regarding mining and geosciences.
Coordinates with the media for press releases/conferences in order to keep the public abreast on issues and concerns that need earnest action and response.
MGB regularly maintains its good working relationships with international and local networks. This serves as venue for MGB key officials’ coordination through participation in meetings, conferences, and consultations to provide guidance (or seek guidance), clarification or inputs to address particular issues, policies and programs.
Establish and create IEC brigade through trainings of the Bureau Staff to promote Mining and Geosciences to target beneficiaries. For the year, MGB’s priority audiences are local government units, religious and civil society groups.
Establish and maintain national and regional electronic websites as sources of vital information on the minerals industry,
b. GEOSCIENCE DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICES
Completion of geohazard mapping in 1:50,000 scale of two hundred fifty (250) priority municipalities in the country. The generated map is presented through conduct of seminars/workshops on geohazards both for concerned technical personnel, local officials of the government as well as teachers to ensure that dissemination of information has been properly channeled. Digital copies of the geohazard maps are also provided to NEDA and other government agencies involved in development planning and land use classification.
Identification of relocation sites for the affected communities is also provided to LGUs for possible or immediate transfer of communities residing on critical areas.
Also, coastal and offshore geohazard assessment/survey in different offshore areas of the Philippines utilizing the research vessel RPS Explorer as survey platform are also conducted to recommend mitigation and risk management to concerned entitities. Immediately thereafter, results on findings are disseminated through the conduct of IEC activities for LGU officials at the barangay level.
Dissemination of information is the most important highlight of accomplishment with the objective of preparing, warning and capacitating the communities on both land (landslides, floods, flashfloods, subsidence, etc.) and coastal geohazards to mitigate/minimize damages to properties and prevent loss of lives.
Conduct of Engineering Geological and Geohazard Assessments (EGGA) to private land developers and government institutions/individuals to provide information and regulatory requirements of the ECC System for housing and land development projects.
Generation of geologic maps at 1:50,000 scale (land and coastal) that are essential for mineral resources exploration for land use planning on: groundwater resource management; geohazard zoning; energy and mineral sourcing and; solid waste disposal sites though the conduct of field surveys and various laboratory analyses.
Provision of laboratory services for different types of samples (water, solids and stream sediments, clay, ores, micro-fossils, rocks, etc.) both for government and private clients to provide baseline data information.
Conduct of groundwater resource and vulnerability assessment of various areas in the country to come out with groundwater availability map to be used as a tool by the decision makers in the management of available water resources for future development. Integrated in this study is the conduct of geological studies of possible solid waste disposal sites and assessment of the existing landfill sites or areas through the application of hydro-geologic and geochemical studies for development into engineered dumps or landfills. This program will assist the LGUs and private organizations on how to localize groundwater resources and manage their respective communities’ solid wastes without contaminating the source of water.
Identification of priority areas in NW Luzon, Albay Gulf and Eastern Leyte for coastal hazard assessment, and dissemination of information based on the result of relative sea level rise study brought about by climate change. Said result shall contribute to the formulation of a national land-use management policy, appropriate mitigation/adaptation measures that address coastal erosion, coastal flooding, saltwater intrusion, storm surges, loss of productive lands and decrease in soil and water quality.