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MGB Region III is Best Performing Regional Office

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.

BULACAN MINING COMPANIES CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

         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.

BenguetCorp Nickel Mines, Inc. Turns-Over Multi –Purpose Building

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.

Training Workshop on the Standardization of Procedures Held

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.

 

MGB R-III and CL-IEC DISCUSS IEC PROGRAMS FOR 2016

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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