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Council tackles various mining concerns in Eastern Visayas

Tacloban City (November 13) -- The Regional Minerals Development Council is set to meet on November 18, 2008, 9:00 0'clock in the morning, at the NEDA Conference Room, in order to tackle the mining issues and concerns in Eastern Visayas.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director Alfredo S. Pascual said that a reorientation on the legal framework and status of the mining industry will precede the discussion on the various mining concerns in Region 8.

The Regional Minerals Development Council is mandated to coordinate the implementation of mining programs and projects in the Region and assist the Minerals Development Council in addressing the issues and programs arising therefrom.

The RMDC may also recommend policies and programs for the consideration by the MDC to ensure the development and revitalization of the minerals industry in the Region.

Executive Order No. 469 issued on October 11, 2005 signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo called for the creation of the Minerals Development Council and defined its powers and functions.

Subsequently, Memorandum Order No. 01-2007 provided the implementing guidelines to operationalize the Minerals Development Council.

Section 3 of EO No. 469 and Section 8 of MO 01-2007 provides that the Minerals Development Council shall, among others, create Regional Minerals Development Councils in key regions where there exist priority mineral development projects as determined by the DENR-MGB.

The Minerals Development Council Resolution No. 3, series of 2007, provides that the Regional Mineral Development Council shall be headed by the concerned DENR Regional Executive Director, with representatives from the regional offices of the MDC member agencies as the initial members.

The member agencies as provided in Executive Order No. 469 are the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as chairman; Presidential Adviser for Multilateral Development as Vice Chairman; the Department of Interior and Local Government; Department of Finance; NEDA; Department of Trade and Industry; Department of Agrarian Reform; Department of Agriculture; Department of National Defense; Department of Labor and Employment; Presidential Management Staff; National Commission on Indigenous Peoples;National Anti-Poverty Commission; Philippine Information Agency and the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, as members.

In addition, the various LGU Leagues will also be represented. (PIA 8) [top]

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