Iloilo City – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office VI (MGB VI) conducted a strategic planning on January 18, 2021 to discuss work programs and targets for the fiscal year 2021.
“In this activity, the division and section chiefs met to discuss the plans, programs and activities of the Office, and proposed strategies to ensure that agency performs its mandate and deliver quality output timely and with best efforts while working within the approved budget,” says Engr. Raul Laput Officer-In-Charge, Office of the Regional Director (OIC-ORD) of MGB VI.
Planning Officer Ms. Pauline Marie Jordan presented the work and financial plan for the fiscal year 2021 containing the work targets and corresponding budget of the regional office.
One of the ten priority programs of the DENR is the conduct of geohazard and groundwater assessments, and responsible mining and MGB VI will continue to anchor its direction towards achieving the DENR priority programs, OIC-ORD Laput says.
Toward this end, MGB VI will continue to conduct this year vulnerability and risk assessment, sub-surface (Karst Subsidence or sinkhole) assessment, coastal geohazard assessment, groundwater resource assessment, major river systems assessment, and mineral reservation assessment in identified areas and municipalities that will give inputs to the local government units and other stakeholders in aid of land use planning and disaster risk reduction and management plans.
Monitoring the performance of mining tenement and permit holders in fulfilling their work programs, and compliance with the safety, health, environment and social development (SHES) programs in accordance with responsible mining remains a priority.
“The mining industry has been identified to play a significant role in the country’s economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will work hand-in-hand with the local government units (LGUs) and concerned government agencies in ensuring that the economic benefits from mining are duly received and felt by the host LGUs and communities,” OIC-RD Laput concluded. (MGB VI)