A technical team from the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC), in close coordination with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII, visited the mine and mill operations of Tribal Mining Corporation at T’boli South Cotabato on February 17-25, 2020.
Among others, the visit aimed to determine best practices and conduct a review of the company’s technical, social and environmental programs. The itinerary included a visit to the Provincial Environmental Management Office, a courtesy call in the municipality of T’boli, safety orientation from the TMC staff, mine and mill operations inspection, document reviews, employee survey and a technical conference on TMC’s annual social development and management program.
The MICC consultants included the overall Team Leader Dr. Marian Delos Angeles together with Dr. Corinthia Naz and Engr. Nicole Tayo for the economic review, TRT-2 Team Leader Engr. Ludwig Pascual and Engr. Juan Pascual for the Technical review, Dr. Carmelita Martinez and Engr. Mark John Pagalaman for the environmental audit, Atty. Caesar Angeles for the Legal review and, Esthie Turingan, NEDA Division Chief and Karen Jago-on for the social assessment. They were assisted by Engr. Aizah Lopez from MGB 12’s Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division.
The MICC is an inter-agency forum created under Executive Order No.79 that conducts assessments and reviews of all mining-related laws, rules and regulations, issuances, and agreements with the view of formulating recommendations to improve the performance of mining operators.
One of the major positive observations of the MICC team in TMC is the management of Indigenous People (IPs) of T’boli on their royalties that was noted to be well organized and which can be adopted as a good practice in other regions.
MGB 12 emphasized to the MICC team its commitment to be an arm of the government in strictly implementing regulations to ensure environmental protection and responsible mining.