DENR looks into Australia for best mining practices


     Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are currently in Australia, one of the world’s leading mineral resources nations, as part of government efforts to adopt to the global standards in mining.

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As part of the continuing training on ISO 9001:2015, MGB-IX personnel who composed the Internal Audit Team, embarked in an intensive 4-day Training Course on QMS Internal Quality Audit last September 26-29, 2017 at the Alavar Seafood Restaurant, Zamboanga City.

Mr. Antonio Santos, ISO 9001:2015 resource person, assisted by Ms. Thernalyn Perfecto, project coordinator from Development Academy of the Philippines-Mindanao, has once again facilitated the training.

Day 1 started with understanding the requirements such as Interpreting the ISO 9001 requirements and Audit Objectives, Audit Terminologies, Pre-Training Test Discussion, Audit Planning. Participants were then asked to prepare an Audit Plan followed by Reflection and Session Integration at the end of the whole day session.

On the second day participants were taught about Audit Execution, Auditing Techniques Role Play Expectations Audit Reporting, Classifying Audit Findings and Documenting Audit Findings. At the end of the day’s session, participants were oriented on Presenting Audit Findings Reflection and a session integration was also conducted to recap the day’s activity.

During day 3, Mr. Santos gave a lecture on Audit Preparation and Verification of Effectiveness. After which the participants had a role-playing and situational problems that were presented in a role-play of Audit Findings.

The last day was reserved for discussion of the answers on situational problems, accomplishment of the Post Exam and Paper Presentation of the Role Play Audit Presentation of the Role Play Audit Findings.

As per Special Order No. 142 series of 2017, a training and capability building for MGB personnel responsible for statistical data, analysis, website maintenance and information dissemination, was conducted for all Economists, Information Officers and Information Technology specialists region wide held in Eurotel in Cubao, Quezon City. Economists, Information Officers and IT Specialists were grouped according to their respective duties and functions.  Economists were presented with updated forms they regularly used in gathering and consolidating statistical data while the IT’s concentrated at updating the respective regional offices’ websites and had proposed for an MGB unified interface. On the other hand, Information Officers had a very informative series of lecture presentation and practical activities that highlighted the importance of Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) of mining companies of its role in community building and making that mining community self-sufficient especially after mine life.

The 5-day activity was capped with a cocktail party on the fourth night as part of an after-party event especially dedicated to the newly-appointed Director of MGB, Atty. Wilfredo Moncano.  Dir. Moncano.  He was serenaded with songs and dance performances from the participants, and as a highlight, the participants pledged before him for their full support under his administration and committed themselves to improve and make their services better to the public.

Meanwhile, in another venue, personnel from the Finance and Administrative were also attending the 2017 Financial Performance and Reporting Accuracy Assessment cum Administrative Policies for all regional Chief Administrative Officers, Supply Officers, Budget Officers and BAC Secretariats and were given updates on new forms and policies