With the start of online transactions, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is currently developing a system that will serve as a digital platform for the submission of the compliances by the mining companies and stakeholders with the terms and conditions of the Contracts/Permits/other similar Mining Tenements, and other pertinent laws, rules, and regulations.
The project is the approved Capstone Project (CP) of Mr. Jeffrey S. Ledesma, a scholar of the Development Academy of the Philippines under the Public Management Development Program. His CP entitled, “Strengthening Mining Monitoring Method by Enhancing Mining Compliance Procedures Through Process Automation: Development of an Electronic Mining Compliance and Monitoring System (eMCMS)” was conceptualized through the guidance of his Institutional Partners, Engr. Nonita S. Caguioa, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Assistant Secretary for Finance, Information Systems, and Mining Concerns and Engr. Teodorico A. Sandoval, Chief of the MGB Planning, Policy, and International Affairs Division (PPIAD). The project was approved for implementation by the MGB Management on July 12, 2022, during the CP Orientation.
Figure 1. Group photo of the participants after the MGB Management approved the Capstone Project (CP) for implementation during CP Orientation on July 12, 2022.
The project targeted the internal and external stakeholders as the beneficiaries. It is designed in three phases based on its scope and coverage in terms of mining scale, mineral type, and policy requirements. The Phase I will serve as the pilot phase which aims to use the system by the selected mining companies who will initially be engaged in the design, development, and implementation. Phases II and III will commence after the successful pilot testing and integration of provisions in the mining-related policies which will serve as the legal basis for its implementation. Phase I is expected to be completed at the end of September 2022.
The eMCMS development is an in-house system development through the collaborative effort of the eMCMS Technical Working Group created on July 28, 2022.
Figure 2. Group photo of the participants during the eMCMS Kick-Off Meeting on July 26, 2022.
The success of this project will improve the organizational productivity of the MGB and mining companies’ technical personnel conducting the monitoring activities and mining compliance respectively. Likewise, it will provide an efficient and effective way of delivering services to its stakeholders because of the conversion of manual to electronic and digital transactions. It is also expected that related information will easily be generated and shared to the public.
This initiative will ensure the integration of other government policies such as the ease of doing business, e-commerce law, and the Data Privacy Act among others.
Mr. Ledesma is an Information Technology Officer I of PPIAD.
By: Planning, Policy, and International Affairs Division