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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-IX), in partnership with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-IX), conducted a one-day capability building and monitoring workshop on Tenement, Safety and Health, Environment and Social Development (TSHES) Reportorial Requirements and Government Pollution Control/Environmental Laws, Rules and Regulations on February 2, 2022. 

Held at  Missio de Hotel in Dipolog City, personnel from MGB-IX and EMB-IX gave an orientation re reportorial requirements and pertinent environmental laws, rules and regulations affecting mining operations/activities to permit holders of Industrial Sand and Gravel (ISAG) Zamboanga del Norte (ZaNorte) Cluster and members of its Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (MMT)  including selected enforcement personnel from the PENRO/CENRO and other local government units (LGU) in the province. 

It was expected that at the end of the said activity, permit holders have acquired a deeper knowledge and understanding re the reportorial requirements and the applicable environmental laws, rules and regulations and government policies relative to mining operations/activities which they are mandated to comply with. And as for the MMT members, it is expected that this activity will enhance their monitoring skills and be able to enforce compliance thereof. Participants were also expected to be able to identify potential impacts of mining projects including violations relative to existing laws and regulatory standards and as a result recommend for mitigating measures and corrective actions to address the same.

Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials promoting #MineResponsibility were also distributed among the participants.

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