The Mines and Geosciences Bureau-IX (MGB-IX) facilitated a half-day technical conference on the Balabag Project of TVI Resource Development Phils. Inc. (TVIRDPI). Headed by its Project Manager Engr. Hilario Gingo, the Balabag Team presented updates on the implementation of their environmental work and social development programs while undergoing their activities under the development stage. They also presented their future plans in preparation for the commencement of their commercial production slated on September of this year.
The technical conference was held at Jackie's Hotel and Restaurant in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Province and was attended by several DENR-IX Officials headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez. Local Government Unit (LGU) Chief Executives were also present headed by the Provincial Governor of Zamboanga Sibugay Province, Hon. Wilter Y. Palma, who joined the conference via Google Meet along with other TVIRDPI Management from Makati Head Office.
MGB-IX OIC, Regional Director, Hernani G. Abdon welcomed the participants during the opening program and briefly explained the objective of the said conference.

Other DENR-IX officials present were ARD Ronald Gadot, EMB-IX RD Alex Jimenez, PENRO Edgardo Montojo, PENRO Ben Acana, CENRO Pilarito Montebon, CENRO Jose Mario Reyes and Diomedes Pablo. Hon. Mayor Jarvis Acosta of the Municipality of Siay and PENRO-LGU Medarlene Perez were also present.