Asec JL with other DENR-IX Officials headed by RED Krisma Rodriguez pose with MGB-IX employees for posterity

“Expectation versus reality”, was what Asec. Joan A. Lagunda, DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations for Mindanao and Legislative Affairs, had emphasized during her interface with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-IX employees on February 12, 2021.

She said that in addressing local politics and other external influences in the implementation of mining laws on the ground, MGB should be mindful of the expectations versus the reality of actual implementation of laws and regulations. She reminded her audience that as a regulating agency, MGB is always expected to strictly implement all existing mining laws and their related policies. However, she also said that there are certain realities that are also needed to be considered to come up with well-thought and balanced decisions that will benefit the greater good.

abdon radio

     In the interest of providing appropriate  information to our stakeholders on the policies of the government on mining, OIC, Regional Director Hernani Abdon indulged a radio interview over Magic 103.1 Fm radio station in Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay on January 13, 2021.

    This activity was upon the invitation of the Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) to give MGB-IX the opportunity to clarify issues and concerns on mining laws and related policies specifically within the province. Accompanied by Engr. Ramil Mundo, OIC -Mine Management Division and Engr. Nathaniel Domail, MGB designated embedded personnel in the province, RD Abdon gave an overview on Republic Act (RA) No. 7942, “Philippine Mining Act of 1995, RA No. 7076, “People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991” and the participation/role of the local government units and indigenous people in the implementation of the laws within the province.

Engr. Hernani G. Abdon, OIC-Regional Director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-IX (MGB-IX), presided the first General Staff Meeting for CY 2021 held at the Regional Office in Pasonanca, Zamboanga City, on January 7, 2021.

After the welcome message of RD Abdon, Mr. Joemark Bondad, MGB-IX Planning Officer, presented a comprehensive report re the performance status of the region for CY 2020 accomplishments, that indicated a promising and very satisfactory rating amidst the challenges posed by Covid-19 global pandemic. He also presented the work plan and corresponding indicators for CY 2021 to guide both technical and administrative support personnel in accomplishing this year’s set targets.