MGB Bicol, 3 mining firms slate info drive on PPAs
Legazpi City (17 May) -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Bicol and the three large scale mining firms operating in the region recently agreed to stage a joint information campaign on the state mining industry in Bicol.
MGB Bicol Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan said the campaign will basically focus on the programs, projects, and related activities of the government mining regulatory office, on the other hand, of the three big mining firms to ensure environmental law compliance and sustainable development of the mining industry.
The information drive, according to Juan, will commence on June and end in December, this year, to utilize all forms of media in order to completely reach out the target audience.
"The Rapu-Rapu Polymetallic Project in Rapu-rapu, Ibalong Resources and Development Corporation/Goodfound Cement Corporation in Camalig, both in Albay province, and the Filminera Resources Corporation in Aroroy, Masbate will be be joiing EMB in these worthwhile endeavor addressing several pressing issues in order to protect the environment," he elaborated.
"The campaign is specifically targeting pre-selected audiences or covered communities in order for them to better know what our office and these three mining companies are doing," Juan further said.
Juan pointed out that the joint information campaign will also focus on the importance, benefits and contributions of mining in the local communities and to the country's economy; roles of MGB in regulating the mining industry and of enforcing mining laws against erring mining companies; responsible mining; mining and geosciences; the Social Development and Management Program; protection of the environment in every stage of mining operation; equitable sharing or economic benefits derived from mining among various units of the government as well as the affected communities - taxes paid; and nature and operations of mining project.
He explained that this effort is carried out in lieu of the Philippine Mining Law of 1995 and its implementing rules and regulations which requires mining companies to inform the public about its operations and benefits through information and activity centers; information dissemination, consultation and media; research, scholarships and trainings; and other activities approved by the MGB chief. (MGB V/PIA) [top]