The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII conducted the regional consultation and re-orientation seminar on small scale mining laws and related laws to the small-scale miners and members of the Provincial/City Mining Regulatory Boards (P/CMRB). This is an annual activity of MGB XII to continuously engage with the local officials and stakeholders for information dissemination on the updates of small scale mining laws. The concerns on survey matters, underground small scale operation, mining safety, health, environment and social development in small-scale mining operations were presented to the 48 participants by Engrs. April Rose Lapatar, Engrs. Roger Tamayo, and Aiza Lopez respectively. Likewise, Engr. Hernani Abdon, division chief of the Mine Management Division and Engr. John Mikel Ansao presented the proposed amendments of the DENR Administrative Order No. 2015-03 or the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7076 known as “The Peoples Small Scale Mining Act of 1991.” Majority of the attendees agreed to the proposed amendments which were the basic information of the identity of small scale miners, lowering the amount of license and application fees, lesser amount of royalties, and accrual of fees paid to the LGU concerned, among others. The proposal will be submitted to the central office for consolidation and for policy amendment or revision of the RIRR.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII will conduct a Seminar on Geological Hazards and Responsible Mining on November 15, 2017 at SM City Trade Hall, General Santos City. Target participants will be the local government planners, science teachers, members of the media, and other stakeholders of the region. This aims to disseminate the information on geological hazards and responsible mining that are essential to our constituent and our countrymen’s welfare. 
The seminar is in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) during its celebration of  the “Treasures of Region 12: Trade Fair” on November 13-19 at SM activity center. Various agencies will converge to showcase the best brands and emerging products and services of the MSMEs of the region  at SM City. Exhibits, booths for fresh agricultural products and processed commodities, and jewelry among others will be displayed for advertising, marketing and selling.  Developmental trainings and seminars will be also be held in the event which the MGB XII will have its presentation of geological hazards and responsible mining. The kick off activity will be the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) which will be staged by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XII on the first day and the grand opening will happen on November 15, 2017. 

 The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII headed by the OIC, Office of the Regional Director Efren B. Carido and four others join the tree growing of the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII at Sarangani Police Provincial Office (SPPO) Compound at Kawas, Alabel, Sarangani . A total of 700 seedlings of nangka, cacao, pomelo, and ilang ilang were planted in the SPPO Compound by the representatives and heads of offices of the different regional line agencies, local government units, and public sector representatives composed of the sectoral and affiliate committees of RDC XII. The PNP Sarangani Provincial Director PSSupt. Joseph P. Semillano in his welcome message was pleased that the compound was chosen as the planting site. He assured that the planted seedings will grow as these will be taken cared of and maintained by them.

The Ombudsman of Mindanao, the lead agency for the government’s anti-corruption efforts conducts seminar on Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability in Public Service (ITAPS) to 51 employees of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII. The resource persons composed of Atty. Ferdinand C. Tugas, Ms. Villa D. Lim, and Ms. Maria Fe P. Adeque oriented the MGB XII employees on corruption, relevant laws and its penalties, accountability of public officers and decided cases on corruption on government. The lecturers facilitated the conduct of a workshop and an open forum on issues of corruption practices.

The seminar is with the coordination of the Finance and Administrative Division of MGB XII. This will serve as an awareness and reminder to the participants on the roles of being a public servant and the accountabiity attached to their positions. The training also serves to deter practice of corruption among government offices.

The SOCCSKSARGEN Responsible Miners Association (SRMA) elected its new set of officers on August 17 during their first meeting for the yearat The Farm, Koronadal City. Joel Bernales of Kiamba Mining Corporation (KMC) was replaced by TMC-Tribal Mining Corporation as president of the association. TMC was represented by its Community Relations Officer Geronimo L. Sequito. Also elected are Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) as Vice President, Kiamba Mining Corporation as Secretary, and GRCO-IMC as the Treasurer.