The Regional Director and division chiefs of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII were successfully trained by Neville Clarke International Pte Ltd. as lead auditors on January 16 to 20, 2017 at The Farm, Koronadal City. RD Constancio A. Paye, Jr., Jaime G. Flores, Efren B. Carido, Hernani G. Abdon and Lilia A. Acosta together with participants from private and government entities such as BMCH, RD Pawnshop Inc., Araral Holdings and Insurance Company and EMB XII attended the 5-day training course to be IRCA certified ISO 9001:2015 auditors.

Considered as one of the prestigious training, participants gained knowledge and skills required to assess effectively the conformance of the quality management system according to ISO 900:2015 standard, improve competencies on handling the audit, application of auditing techniques, situational analysis in case of complex situation and the capability to distinguish irrelevant and relevant features of a particular situation.

Ms. Alicia A. Belen of Neville Clarke International Pte. Ltd. served as their trainor for the whole duration of the training course.

The training undertaken by the top management will ensure effective implementation and maintenance of quality management system of MGB XII as  core personnel in the organization become experts to properly implement and audit the quality system periodically.

One of the priority programs of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to help combat climate change is the National Geohazard Assessment and Mapping Program being implemented by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). The program covers identification of areas vulnerable or susceptible to geological hazards such as flooding, landslide and ground subsidence (sinkhole) and information dissemination to various stakeholders aimed at increasing awareness and preparedness on the various natural hazards.

The program has been an on-going project of MGB commenced in 2006 or after the landslide incident covered the entire municipality of Guinsaugun, Leyte province. Geologists were utilized to identify geohazard areas in the respective regions of the country. 

Initially, maps were generated at the scale of 1:50,000. It used color on areas identified as low, moderate or high susceptible to floods and landslides. Updating of the map was continuously done to include purok areas and other infrastructures in a high-resolution scale of 1:10,000 and emphasized areas that are highly vulnerable to landslide and flooding. The latest update was the production of a single map that shows both the landslide and flood prone map for easy viewing.

The program and these activities has become one of our major final output in our accomplishment. Geologists of the region used the administrative base maps, satellite imagery, anecdotal interviews to obtain historical data, measurements and observations on site manifestations like ground displacements, occurrences of shallow holes, coastal lithology and morphology, erosional processess among others as bases of the identification.

AJA Registrars Inc. (certifying body) issued attestation to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII for International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The attestation is a recommendation to the review body for the office to be issued ISO certification.

AJA completed the audit for ISO 9001:2015 quality management system for stages 1 and 2 on November 26 and December 10, 2016, respectively. It assessed the processes and services of the office covering Geosciences, Mine Management, Mine Safety Environment and Social Development, and Finance and Administrative Divisions. The audit team looked into the evidences, document information in the form of procedures or records and observance of the office practices on the implementation of the management system and conformance to the established requirements and procedures.

Ever since, the goal of MGB XII Regional Director Constancio A. Paye, Jr. is to serve the public with excellence strongly focusing on the satisfaction of customers and an efficient and effective operational performance thru continuous improvement of processes.

From March this year, the office undertook orientation and capability seminars to learn, process and analyze risk and opportunities including planning of the process, carrying it out, monitor or measure the process/performance and incorporate improvements as necessary.

The attestation issued on December 13, 2016 by AJA will be replaced by the official certificate. By then, MGB XII would be the first regional office of MGB to become an ISO 9001:2015 certified and 2nd to MGB Central Office’s ISO. 

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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII passed the stage 1 audit for ISO 9001:2015, quality management system. Ms. Ingrid Manglapus of AJA Registrars Inc. (formerly AJA EQS Phil., Inc.), conducted stage 1 audit in the office on November 26, 2016. Stage 1 is the determination of the readiness of the office for a full audit by checking if the required processes and procedures are in place. It also confirms the legal compliance, status of its implementation and the scope of the ISO certification of the agency.
Ms. Manglapus met with the MGB XII core team and the regional director and discussed the actions undertaken. She checked all the documentation and interviewed the internal auditors. She also conducted an ocular inspection to determine if the facilities are within the suitable standard. Having found that the office is ready, she recommended that it will undergo the full audit on December 10, 2016.

TMC-Tribal Mining Corporation, a large-scale mining operating in T’boli, South CTMC-Tribal Mining Corporation, a large-scale mining operating in T’boli, South Cotabato has purchased and acquired the rights of small-scale mining tunnels inside the drain tunnel of Maguan Clan Small-Scale Mining Association (MCSSMA) and T’boli Minahang Bayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TMBMPC) including the drain tunnel itself of TMBMPC. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between the company and the MCSSMA on the one hand and TMBMPC on the other in the presence of Constancio A. Paye, Jr., Regional Director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII on October 19, 2016 at MGB XII, Prime Regional Center at Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.

For many years, the large scale mining company and the small-scale miners have been operating on the same area. TMC, a holder of Mineral Production Sharing Agreement denominated as MPSA No. 090-97-XI was granted by the Government of the Philippines the right to mine in the 84.98 hectares at Brgy. Kematu, T’boli, South Cotabato while TMBMPC operated as People’s Small-Scale Mining Area (PSSMA) within the 21-hectare of the same area.