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The Acting Director of the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano administers the turnover ceremony of the new Regional Director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII at the MGB XII Conference Room, Prime Regional Center, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City on June 6, 2018.

Regional Director Constancio A. Paye, Jr., CESO IV, the new MGB XII RD from MGB Region XI formally accepted the assignment in a symbolic rite administered by Director Moncano. Paye replaced OIC-RD Engr. Efren B. Carido who will be reassigned back at his old position to Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD).

In celebrating 25 years of action in biodiversity on International Day for Biological Diversity, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region XII (MGB XII) of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) spearheaded the clean up drive and mangrove planting in Purok Jolohanon, Barangay Sapu Masla, Malapatan, Sarangani Province last May 23, 2018.

The one-day event mobilized almost a hundred people composed of the MGB XII employees and the local community headed by their barangay officials. The clean up drive collected hundred kilos of mixed trash of plastic materials, diapers, fish nets, bottles, old clothes/textiles, wood and branches of trees from the coastlines. The MGB XII employees planted hundreds of mangrove seedlings in Sapu Masla Mangrove Reforestation Area.

External auditors from Certification International Philippines, Inc. (CIPI) conducted a Stage Two Audit for ISO-Integrated Management System to Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office 12 (MGB XII) last May 15-16, 2018.

 The two-day audit was conducted by CIPI auditors Ms. Sybil C. Paden, Mr. Joselito C. Soler and Mr. Kim Allan Miranda. The audit’s objective was to assess the performance of MGB XII’s Integrated Management System against the requirements of the standards for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Administration Series) for Certification.

As part of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region XII (MGB) commitment to render geoscientific services to the people, the geology division conducted a geological quadrangle and geohazard mapping, groundwater resource and vulnerability risk assessments simultaneously in four municipalities of Sultan Kudarat and a town in Cotabato province recently.

The geological quadrangle mapping conducted on April 3-17, 2018 in the municipalities of Lebak and Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat province spearheaded by Senior Geologist Jilvert E. Mondido of General and Economic Geology Section (GEGS). This activities in line with the government’s effort for formulation of adaptive capacities of human capacities and natural systems improved along with geological assessment for risk reduction and resiliency.

Science teachers converged for Seminar on Fundamentals of Responsible Minerals Development on April 26, 2018 at Villa Amor Hotel, Koronadal City. The seminar commence with series of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns of Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB XII) and SOCCSKSARGEN Responsible Miners Association (SRMA) to various sectors within the region.

Licensed geologists and mining engineers from MGB XII were resource speakers to impart their knowledge on why do we have these minerals, how these minerals were extracted, the legal requirements for the extraction of these minerals and how these minerals were used after extraction. The topics of the seminar includes fundamentals of geology, fundamentals of mining and metallurgy, practical presentations of updates of mining companies operating in the region.