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DENR-EMB holds mining security forum

by LD Valdez

Legazpi City (5 June) -- Managers and representatives of mining companies operating in the Bicol region, officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V, police and military officers convened in a forum recently assessing the establishment of security protocol in mining operations.

The one-day interfacing was conducted in consonance with Minerals Development Council (MDC) Resolutions Numbers 3 and 4, series of 2008, signed by DENR Secretary Jose L. Atienza, Jr.

Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V Regional Director Reynulfo Juan explained Resolution No. 03 requires mining companies and mining contractors, particularly those with Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA), Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA), Exploration Permit (EP) and Lease Agreement (LA), to submit a security and social assessment of their respective mining areas.

On the other hand, Resolution No. 04 also calls for the AFP and the PNP to establish a joint mining security protocol that will guide the mining companies/contractors in dealing with security threats from various rogue elements in their respective mining areas and seeks the assistance of the AFP and the PNP in formulating long-term and short-term preventive measures that can be implemented in coordination with various mining companies/contractors in addressing mining security problems.

"The same resolution requests the AFP and the PNP to jointly establish a security protocol with mining operations," he noted.

RMDC coordinator Glaiza T. Baliwag briefed participants on the creation of the Regional Minerals Development Council (RMDC) and its roles and objectives to ensure security of mining areas through the cooperation of DENR, military and police, and mining operators.

MDC Security Consultant B/General Celso G. Castro (Ret) also gave a briefer on mining security; while P/Sup't. Eduardo Chaves, deputy chief of the Regional Intelligence Division of PNP Bicol, Col. Marlu Salazar and Col. Silvestre Celso, Jr., both of the Philippine Army, provided update on the peace and order situation in Bicol and Ms. Baliwag's briefing on the creation of the MDC.

DENR Bicol Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada was also present to grace the forum. (MGB/PIA) [top]

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