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One of the significant efforts of the Department in instilling the value of stewardship and build a movement towards environmental protection and conservation among people. And the best way to start nurturing these values is among the youth, whose ideologies and outlook in life is not yet corrupted by selfish gain or interest. Which is why the Dalaw-Turo, as a form of Information, Education and Communication strategy have long been adopted by the region because of its encouraging effect to the youth.

Dalaw-Turo is a half-day activity conducted in selected elementary or high schools featuring interactive and fun-filled sessions about the environment and a way of informing and educating them about the Department and its corresponding programs and projects. This has also become an initial activity prior to the formation of the Youth for the Environment Organization (YES-O), a DepEd Order to all primary and secondary schools in both private and public, in partnership with the DENR. 

Starting the year right in the implementation of the GAD plan and budget, the MGB GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) through its Technical Working Group (TWG) in the Central Office, organized a Training on the Preparation of the MGB GAD Agenda for 2020-2025 last January 29 to February 1, 2019 at the Elan Hotel in Greenhills, San Juan.

Accredited Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) resource person, Ms. Reina Olivario facilitated the four (4) day training, guiding the MGB GAD focal persons and GAD Plan and Budget (GPB) preparers/implementers in the crafting of the five-year GAD Agenda. Standard activities under the Client-Focused activities were identified and unified in the respective regional GPB’s applying gender mainstreaming specifically in the major programs implemented by the Geosciences Division. Chief Geologist and GFPS-TWG Chair Jessica Lucero and Emma Deverala, Information Officer and Vice-Chair of MGB-IX, represented the region. 

MGB Assistant Director Atty. Danilo Uykieng welcomed the participants during the first day of the training. Meanwhile, Ms. Cherry Liz Solijon, GAD Focal Person of the GFPS of the Bureau, served as the facilitator in the whole duration of the training.



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With few observations and opportunities for improvement, MGB-IX positively passed the recently concluded ISO 9001:2015 first year audit surveillance last January 7, 2019.

Auditor Ms. Merce Flores of SOCOTEC Certification Phils., Inc. led the first surveillance of MGB-IXs compliance against the Quality Management System required of the international standard. Core processes of the Mine Management Division and some support processes from the Administrative Division, Internal Audit and the Top Management were subjected to the audit and proved to have satisfactorily met the standards.

SOCOTEC Certification Phils., Inc. is the certifying body of MGB-IX against ISO 9001:2015 standard, replacing AJA Registrars Inc. which the former acquired in 2018.