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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region-IX recently hosted the Regional Director’s (RD) Meeting and Management Conference for the first quarter of CY 2020 at the Garden Orchid Hotel from March 3-6, 2020. Headed by MGB Acting Director Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano, RD’s from CAR to Region 13, most of whom were first timers in Zamboanga City, were eagerly welcomed by outgoing RD Alfredo T. Relampagos and all other MGB-IX employees, who treated the guests to a modest lunch during their visit at the Regional Office in Pasonanca on March 3, 2020.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary for Finance, Information System and Mining Concerns, Engr. Nonita S. Caguioa, who represented DENR Undersecretary for MGB and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna, was also around during the said RD’s meeting and management conference along with some of the Division Chiefs from MGB Central Office. 

On March 5, 2020, participants visited Canatuan Gold-Copper Project of the TVI Resource Development Phils. (TVIRDP) in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, to observe and document the on-going Final Mine Rehabilitation and/or Decommissioning Plan (FMRDP) implementation of the company.  TVIRDP’s Canatuan Gold-Copper Project which began its commercial operations in December 2004, have started implementing its FRMDP after it ceased operation in the last quarter of 2014.

Later that day, the group then attended and graced the turn-over ceremony and installation of new RD of MGB-IX, Engr. Hernani G. Abdon and the retirement cum send-off program for outgoing RD, Engr. Relampagos, which was held at the roof deck of Garden Orchid Hotel, Zamboanga City.

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MGB Regional Directors with DENR-MGB Officials (Last Back Row L-R) retired former MGB-IX RD Engr. Constancio Paye Jr., retired former DENR-IX RED For. Carlito Tuballa, MGB-3 RD Alilo Ensomo, MGB-CALABARZON RD Samuel Paragas, MGB-8 RD Leo Van Juguan, MGB-10 RD Efren Carido. (2nd Row L-R) MGB-5 RD  Guillermo Molina Jr IV, MGB-11 RD Jasper Alberto Lascano, MGB-12 RD Felizardo Cagad Jr., MGB-13 RD Glen Noble, MGB-2 RD Mario Ancheta, MGB-CAR RD Fay Apil, MGB-MIMAROPA RD Roland de Jesus, MGB-7 RD Loreto Alburo, MGB-1 RD Carlos Tayag, MGB-6 RD Raul Laput. (Seated front row L-R) MGB-9 RD Hernani Abdon, MGB-CO Director Atty. Wilfredo Moncano, DENR Asec. for Finance, Information System and Mining Concerns Engr. Nonita Caguioa and DENR-IX RED For. Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez