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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-IX) organized a Capacity Building and Enhancement Seminar for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-IX) law enforcers last August 17 and 18, 2021.

Headed by Regional Executive Director, For. Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez and support of DENR-IX officials including regional line bureaus, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-IX) OIC, Regional Director (RD) Engr. Alex D. Jimenez and MGB-IX’s OIC, RD Engr. Hernani G. Abdon, the two-day activity was held at Chandler Suites in Pagadian City which aimed to orient and capacitate DENR-IX law enforcers involved in the implementation of mining laws, rules, regulations and its related laws and policies.

Covered topics included the following: Mining 101, Salient Features of Republic Act (RA) No. 7942, or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995; DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2010-21 or the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7942); Briefer on Small-Scale Mining, Salient Features of RA No. 7076 or the Peoples Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991; DAO No. 2015-03 or the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA No. 7076; MGB Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2018-01, the Guidelines in the conduct of Apprehension, Seizure, Confiscation and Disposition of Illegally Sourced Minerals/Mineral Products and By-Products, Tools, Conveyances, and Equipment Used); MGB Memorandum Circular No. 2019-02, the Supplemental Guidelines of MGB MC No. 2018-01); and RA No. 6969, the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990; Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) Application Processing & Issuance; and Salient Features of DAO No. 2018-18, Establishing A Centralized Management and Coordinating Mechanism at the Regional Offices of DENR, MGB and EMB, and designating the DENR Regional Director as the Regional Executive Director providing overall command of regional operations.

Towards the end of the activity, the top management of DENR-IX emphasized the need to create and operationalize a regional task force composed of personnel from DENR-IX, EMB-IX, MGB-IX and PENROs and CENROs to effectively and strictly implement the ENR Laws including the Mining Laws.