Summit to revive NorMin’s mining industry

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

LOCAL miners and would-be miners were apprised of the laws governing the mining industry in the country and reminded of the immense responsibilities they hold during the Mining Summit in Misamis Oriental held here on Thursday.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) in Northern Mindanao said the intention of the summit is to revive the mining industry with the end-in-view that the operators are identified in consonance with Republic Act 7076, otherwise known as “An Act Creating A People’s Small-Scale Mining Program And For Other Purposes,” and to be known as the “People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991.”

Rex Monsanto, MGB-10 regional director, said the summit is to equip the participants the knowledge and best practices in the mining industry were the pro-environment, pro-people, and pro-development requirements are adhered to.


Monsanto said that in spite of the fact that the role of the environment department is limited to the technical aspect in the issuances of permits, but “our inputs would harmonize the operations in the mining areas in the country and the application of the environmental as well as the operational laws.”

He said that DENR’s role is only to verify and validate weather the supposed mining area being applied for have the resource to be extracted and determine the quantity to be mined.

Monsanto said the summit is a prelude to the reintroduction of the small-scale mining ventures not for individuals, but for cooperatives or a community-based endeavor or “Minahang Bayan,” and follow the principle of inclusive growth.

Engr. Daniel Belderol, MGB-10 Mine Management Division chief, said his office has identified areas suitable for mining ventures in Northern Mindanao awaiting petition or request from interested party for declaration as People’s Small-Scale Mining Area to be filed with the Mining Regulatory Board (MRB).

The MRB is authorized to declare and set aside people’s small scale mining areas in sites onshore suitable for small-scale mining, subject to review by the DENR secretary, immediately giving priority to areas already occupied and actively mined by small-scale miners.

Monsanto said that although the local government unit has the final approval for small-scale mining to operate in their locality, it is important that provisions of the R.A. No. 7492, otherwise known as the Philippine Mining Act and all the other laws on mining be applied.

R.A. 7492 provides that it is the responsibility of the State to promote the rational exploration, development and utilization and conservation of the country’s mineral resources through the combined efforts of the government and the private sector.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 02, 2014.

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