The Mines and Geosciences Bureau is the primary government agency under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country’s mineral resources including those in reservations and lands of public domain.
Towards this end, it is primarily responsible for the rational administration and disposition of mineral lands and resources, development of mining, geological, metallurgical, chemical and related technologies thru basic and applied researches, and inventory of mineral resources.
Office of the Director. The Office of the Director shall exercise overall management, supervision and control of all divisions and other units of the central and regional offices of the MGB; implement the MGB's mandate of taking direct charge in the administration and disposition of mineral lands and mineral resources; promulgate rules and regulations, policies and programs relating to mineral resources management and geosciences developments; and perform such other duties and functions as may be assigned by the DENR Secretary and/or provided by law.
Lands Geological Survey Division. The Lands Geological Survey Division (LGSD) shall manage the national geosciences programs on land geoscientific surveys (including geological mapping, mineral exploration, geohazard assessment, hydrogeological exploration and vulnerability assessment, and engineering geological and geo-environmental studies) and establishment of mineral reservations; conduct Research and Development on geosciences; and provide geological laboratory and information services.
Marine Geological Survey Division. The Marine Geological Survey Division (MGSD) shall undertake marine geosciences surveys (including coastal/offshore geohazard assessment, mineral exploration and geo-environmental study), and Research and Development on geosciences, and provide marine geoscientific services.
Mining Technology Division. The Mining Technology Division (MTD) shall conduct Research and Development for the advancement of mining technologies; provide and coordinate mining technology support services; implement the technology transfer provisions of existing laws, and rules and regulaltions: implement the National Small-Scale Mining Program; and assist in the conduct of investigation of complaints (including illegal mining activities).
Mining Tenements Management Division. The Mining Tenements Management Division (MTMD) shall undertake final evaluation of all mining applications, conduct audit of the disposition of mineral lands and resources, and manage the Mineral Rights Management System.
Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division. The Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) shall conduct the final evaluation/review, audit of the implementation and Research and Development for the enhancement of programs on, promote best practices in and investigate incidents/complaints relating to mine safety and health, environmental management and social development.
Metallurgical Technology Division. The Metallurgical Technology Division (MeTD) shall develop metallurgical processes of beneficiating/extracting minerals/metals from ores; provide metallurgical and analytical services to the various mining stakeholders; and conduct audit of mineral processing operations.
Mineral Economics, Information And Publication Division. The Mineral Economics, Information and Publication Division (MEIPD) shall conduct policy studies on mineral economics and provide information on mining and geosciences.
Planning, Policy and International Affairs Division. The Planning, Policy and International Affairs Division (PPIAD) shall undertake planning, programming, and monitoring and evaluation of programs/projects/activities; initiate the formulation of policies; coordinate the development and implementation of programs/projects and formulation of policies; initiate, coordinate and maintain international cooperation and commitments; and coordinate the design and installation of and maintain the national and regional management information system.
Administrative Division. The Administrative Division (AD) shall undertake human resource, property and record management.
Financial Management Division. The Financial Management Division (FMD) shall undertake financial analysis in support to planning, controlling and decision-making.
Legal Services Division. The Legal Services Division (LSD) shall provide legal services to the Central Office for the effective and efficient implementation of laws, rules and regulations and policies, relating to the administration and disposition of mineral lands and resources.
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Office of the Regional Director. The Office of the Regional Director shall implementat the regional level the pertinent laws, policies, rules and regulations and programs; exercise the management fucntions of planning, organizaing, directing and controlling; undertake Information, Education and Communication campaign; and perform such duties and functions as may be provided by law or delegated by the Director.
The Office shall have the following divisions:
Finance and Administrative Division. The Finance and Administrative Division (FAD) shall provide general administrative services pertaining to human and financial resources and property and records management.
Geosciences Division. The Geosciences Division (GD)shall undertake land and marine geoscientific surveys (including mineral exploration, geological mapping, geohazards assessment, groundwater resource exploration and vulnerability assessment, and engineering geological and geo-environmental studies) and provide geological laboratory and information services.
Mine Management Division. The Mine Management Division (MMD) shall undertake initial evaluation of mining and mining-related applications, monitoring of the disposition and utilization of mineral lands and resources, and survey of mineral lands.
Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division. The Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) shall conduct the evaluation and monitoring of implementation of programs and investigate incidents/complaints on mine safety and health, environmental management and social development.