In a bid to ensure continuity of essential services as mandated by the national government, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII took part in a teleconference with the City Mining Regulatory Board (CMRB) of General Santos City last May 19, 2020.

 The CMRB GenSan chaired by MGB XII Regional Director Felizardo A. Gacad, Jr. deliberated on the Commercial Sand and Gravel (CSAG) permit applications filed with the General Santos City Environment and Natural Resources Office and other compliances  and permitting requirements. MGB XII acts as a member of the technical working group of CMRB Gensan that conducts field verifications for CSAG applications.

The CMRB is a recommendatory body created under RA 7076 or the People’s Small Scale Mining Act that performs functions such as, but not limited to, acceptance, review and evaluation of Sand and Gravel, Quarry, and other related applications.
Through a Board Resolution, the CMRB initially approved teleconferencing as a mode of Board meetings due to restrictions currently in place because of the community quarantines. The teleconference was participated by Allan Marcilla Acting GenSan City ENRO and his staff, Bernie Portes and Teresa Garay;  Atty. Armando Clarin of the City Legal Office of General Santos City, representing the Honorable City Mayor; Jobe Tubigon of Mahintana Foundation Inc., Rey Penetrante of the General Santos City Quarry Operators Association and Cursoma Alindao from Bawing Cultural Communities Development Cooperative. Mine Management Division OIC-Chief John Mikel P. Ansao and Paula Faye Paez of MGB XII, and Xian Ted Tamayo of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) XII, also joined the video conference.
The COVID-19 pandemic has driven government and private offices to innovate with new platforms of communication under a new normal setting to continually serve the public. Teleconferencing has emerged as the most convenient alternative to a face-to-face meeting. It is a medium that addresses matters, issues, and concerns essential to the operation of an organization.
MGB XII RD Gacad with the technical working group of CMRB Gensan.