- Published on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 01:10
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau MGB) Region III was declared as the sole “Best Performing Regional Office,” for the CY 2015. The announcement was made during the MGB Programming Workshop held on April 5-9, 2016 at the Sequoia Hotel, Timog Avenue, Quezon City.
In his message to MGB R-III personnel, OIC, Regional Director Lope O. Carino, Jr. said, “This is another milestone on the part of MGB R-III. The Office has been named Best Regional Office for two consecutive years now. May this recognition inspire us to exert more effort in accomplishing our programs. I’m urging everyone to continue working as a team to meet the demands of a competitive bureaucracy. We need the cooperation of everyone to sustain our standing.”
The MGB R-III credits this remarkable distinction from the excellent performances of its Geosciences Division, Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) and Finance and Administrative Division. These three divisions performed very satisfactorily in attaining the programmed targets/activities for 2015.
The Geosciences Division accomplishments for 2015 include Geohazard Survey and Assessment (Conduct of Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) in the Cities of San Jose in Nueva Ecija and Olongapo in Zambales, Updating of 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps of San Jose City, Nueva Ecija and Olongapo City), Coastal Geohazards and Impact of Climate Change, field mapping and survey for coastal areas in Olongapo City, Subic, San Antonio, San Narciso, San Felipe, Cabangan and Botolan. , Geological Mappingand Groundwater resources assessment was conducted in 17 municipalities and one (1) city of Tarlac Province.
The Finance and Administrative Division topped the other MGB Regional Offices when it got a rating of 97.98% on competency and 100% rating on timely submission of Budget and Financial Accountability Reports.
The MSESDD for its part, accomplished 100% on monitoring of Safety, Health, Environment and Social (SHES) of mining companies. There were also regular monitoring with regard to approved programs on environment (AEPEP), safety and health (SHP) and social aspect (ASDMP) . Safety inspections conducted with respect to mechanical/electrical installation permits and periodic monitoring on the environmental mitigating measures of Dizon Copper and Silver Mines, Inc (DCSMI) in San Marcelino, Zambales was also conducted.
The Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) system is a merit-based incentive program that recognizes and rewards exemplary performance in government. It aims to improve the delivery of goods and services to all Filipinos, as well as institute a culture of excellence in public service across the bureaucracy.
To qualify on the grant of PBB, a government agency must (a) achieve at least 90% of each one of Major Final Output under the Performance Informed Budget of the Fiscal Year 2015 and the targets for Support to Operations and General Administration and Support Services, (b) achieve at least 90% of each one of the priority programs/ projects, (c) satisfy 100% of the Good Governance Conditions: Maintain/Update Agency Transparency Seal; Maintain/Update PhilGEPS Posting and Maintain/Update Citizen’s Charter , and (d) use the CSC – approved Strategic Performance Management System.
The PBB provides that twenty percent of the employees who will qualify as “Best Performer’ will receive Php 35,000 bonus each, 35 percent of the employees or the “Better Performers” will receive Php 20,000 bonus each and the remaining 45 percent or the “Good Performers” will receive Php10,000 each.
- Published on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:08
Members of Central Luzon - Information, Education and Communication (CL-IEC) Team - Bulacan Chapter, together with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau R-III, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office , Doña Remedios Trinidad (DRT), Bulacan, and barangay local officials, gathered on April 26 in DRT, Bulacan to commemorate the celebration of Earth Day for CY 2016.
The group conducted an eco-tour, clean-up drive and installation of signage at Verdivia Falls in Brgy. Talbak, DRT, Bulacan. About 80 persons participated in this event including the student- scholars brought by each company.
The program started at 9:00 AM with Mr. Crispin Raza, Brgy. Chairman of Talbak welcoming the group and with Engr. Mark Torres, Environment Officer of Holcim Bulacan Plant giving instructions to each participant on how to be safe while hiking and traversing the rock-strewn river. The group took an hour before reaching the place.
The Verdivia falls is a famous ecological local tourist attraction in DRT, Bulacan. It is an ideal place for group picnics and outings. The local officials take charge of the area to maintain its cleanliness and to make it free from vandalism so it can attract more tourists
The Central Luzon - Information, Education and Communication (CL-IEC) Team Bulacan Chapter includes mining companies operating in Bulacan such as the Holcim Philippines Bulacan Plant, Republic Cement & Building Material, Inc. – Bulacan and Norzagaray Plant, Luzon Continental Land Corporation, Eagle Cement Corporation and Ore Asia Mining Development Corporation.
- Published on Thursday, 07 April 2016 01:18
BenguetCorp Nickel Mines Inc.’s (BNMI) major project for the CY 2015 is the construction of the multi-purpose building in Brgy. Dampay, Candelaria, Zambales. The said project was completed last year and was turned-over to Bgy. Dampay, Candelaria for their immediate use. The said building is one of the commitments of the company under its Social Development and Management Program.
BNMI Community Relations Officers led by Edgar Movilla together with local officials from the Municipality of Candelaria and Barangay Dampay attended the blessing and the turning-over of the said infrastructure. The building is now used as Barangay Health Clinic.
According to Celine Egalla, BNMI area coordinator, having a proper clinic right in the barangay is a big morale booster to Dampay folks in terms of fare and time saved, especially in cases of emergency when a resident needs immediate attention.
Brgy. Dampay is one of nine host barangays of BNMI. It has a population of 1,300 wherein majority of whom are without regular employment and mostly dependent on fishing and farming.
- Published on Monday, 28 March 2016 01:08
Geologists of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region III attended the Workshop on the Standardization of Procedures for Geologic Quadrangle Mapping organized by Lands Geological Survey Division of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Central Office on March 7-11, 2016 at Contemporary Hotel, Quezon City.
The five-day training-workshop focused on the Basics of Geologic Quadrangle Mapping that included standard methodology for Mapping Structural Features, Geochemical Sampling and procedures for Geological and Petrological Analysis, and brief review of the Philippine Stratigraphy.
On the first day of training, MGB R-III Chief, Geologist, Noel B. Lacadin, presented the overview of the Geology of Region III . Maps in digital and hard copy formats, hand-outs, , and related reports regarding Region III were provided by the workshop organizer.Central Office. The participants travelled to Tanay, Rizal to implement the “classroom discussions” on the actual ground situations, especially for the building geologists.
- Published on Sunday, 06 March 2016 23:34
MGB –R-III RD Lope O. Carino, Jr. recently convened a meeting with the members of Central Luzon – Information, Education, and Communication Campaign (CL-IEC) Team to discuss some strategies on how to effectively implement an Information, Education , and Communication Campaign on Responsible Mining.
RD Carino, Jr. explained to the CL-IEC Team that a greater portion of the population in R-III are still not aware of the importance of mining industry while, on the other hand, a number of anti-mining groups are increasing . This anti-mining groups are working double time in swaying the people to believe that mining is anti-poor and contributes nothing but destruction to the environment.
With this alarming situation, RD Carino, Jr. called for a joint effort of the MGB R-III and the mining companies in strengthening the IEC in promoting responsible mining and to adopt some strategies to inform the public even those in the remotest area understand the benefits derived from mining and the mitigating measures being implemented by mining companies to protect the environment.
Joining RD Carino, Jr. in the meeting were Supervising Science Research Specialist Engr. Lauro S. Garcia, Jr.and Administrative Officer Flor Miranda.
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