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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau-IX (MGB-IX)  held a dialogue with the Sangguniang Bayan members of the Municipality of Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte on April 26, 2021. This activity was upon the request of LGU Sibutad through a letter-invitation dated April 13, 2021, requesting to conduct orientation re pertinent laws, rules and regulations relative to mining.

Engr. Ramil Mundo, OIC-Mine Management and Science Research Specialist, Engr. Ventrick Ceazar Albano gave a presentation on the salient features of RA 7942 or oterwise known as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995,  RA 7076 or the People's Samll-Scale Mining Law and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, DAO 2015-03.

During the dialogue, issues and concerns were raised such as the status of Philex Gold Phils. Inc.-Sibutad Project, legalization of small-scale mining activities and other environmental concerns of the LGU, to which OIC, RD Engr. Hernani Abdon readily answered and clarified.

Earlier that day, MGB-IX had also conducted a similar dialogue with the identified small-scale miners within the area.