The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII through the Mine Management Division conducted a Capacity Building and Training for Local Government Units in Region XII on December 2, 2021, via online Zoom application.

A total of thirty-six (36) personnel from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Provincial Environment and Management Office (PEMO), City ENRO, and Municipal ENRO participated in the activity. The webinar aims to reinforce and improve technical capabilities and capacities, as well as to provide for a smoother transition of the LGU to deliver their devolved duties related to mining.

In his opening message, MGB XII Regional Director Efren B. Carido presented the rationale of the activity. He added that the capabilities of the LGUs need to be enhanced and strengthen to increase their potentials in accordance with the authority granted to them under the Local Government Code and under the DENR DAO 92-30 which states the Guidelines for the Transfer and Implementation of DENR Functions Devolved to the Local Government Units.

Furthermore, he said that the webinar will capacitate and equip ENROs in preparation of the devolved transition plan (DTP). It is also a venue to share experiences and knowledge on policies within their area of responsibility.

During the morning session, Engr. Wynlove C. Galagaran presented a Brief Orientation on the Laws Governing Small-Scale Mining, Sand and Gravel Extraction and Quarrying Operations while Atty. Mary Charlen Joy P. Suedad discussed Guidelines in the Conduct of Apprehension, Seizure, Confiscation and Disposition of Illegally Sourced Minerals/Mineral Products and By-Products, Tools, Conveyances and Equipment Used. Ms. Malyn E. Gimenez presented Guidelines in Properly Accomplishing of Reportorial Requirements as Prescribed on Section 270 of R.A. No. 7942.

In the afternoon, MGB XII embedded personnel Engr. Paula Faye Paez discussed Guidelines in Report Writing: Field Verification and Investigations Reports and Engr. Daryl Jade Nesperos discussed Guidelines/Orientation in the Proper/Best Practices in Small-scale Mining, SAG Extraction and Quarrying Operations.

An open forum was conducted at the end of every presentation for the participants to ask questions pertaining to the topics. RD Carido together with the resource speakers answered the engaging participants with clarity and legal basis.

Finally, Engr. John Mikel P. Ansao, OIC-MGB XII Mine Management Division (MMD), delivered his closing message by reiterating that the Philippines is rich in mineral resources and how vital it is to our daily life. He ensured that MGB XII will continuously conduct webinars to help LGUs, academe and other stakeholders understand Responsible Mining.

The participants of the Capacity Building and Training for Local Government Unit in Region XII took a pose for the activity