MGB stan­dard­izes mon­i­tor­ing for min­ing per­mits

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES from var­i­ous min­ing firms in the Cordillera were in­vited to un­dergo an ori­en­ta­tion work­shop which fo­cuses on the guide­lines for com­pli­ance mon­i­tor­ing and rat­ings score­card of min­ing per­mits con­tracts.

Fay Apil, Mines and Geo­sciences Bureau Cordillera re­gional di­rec­tor ex­plained the ob­jec­tive of the four day work­shop is to see to it all min­ing firms in the re­gion are com­ply­ing with the re­quire­ments and con­di­tion­al­i­ties re­gard­ing their op­er­a­tions.

“We have al­ways been mon­i­tor­ing the

min­ing com­pa­nies in the re­gion on their com­pli­ance and for the first time, they will un­dergo the process of a grad­ing sys­tem and a score­card to see to it that all ar­eas need­ing com­pli­ance will be met,” Apil said.

MGB re­cently signed Me­moran­dum Cir­cu­lar no. 2018-02 unifying and stan­dard­iz­ing the mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem of ma­jor min­ing per­mits/ con­tracts, and es­tab­lish a per­for­mance rat­ing sys­tem for con­trac­tors/ per­mit­tees and per­mit hold­ers which is

This will en­sure strict com­pli­ance to the terms and con­di­tions of the per­mits/con­tracts and per­ti­nent laws, rules and reg­u­la­tions.

Me­moran­dum Cir­cu­lar No. 2018-02, or the Guide­lines for Com­pli­ance Mon­i­tor­ing and Rat­ing/Score­card of Min­ing Per­mits/Con­tracts was signed on July 3, 2018.

“We will be more strict this time. Penal­ties will be ap­plied to those not com­ply­ing with the var­i­ous re­quire­ments set spe­cially to those who con­sis­tently does not com­ply which will lead to the sus­pen­sion of the firms per­mit or even the can­cel­la­tion of its per­mit,” the MGB di­rec­tor stated.

The Cir­cu­lar con­tains the Stan­dard Mon­i­tor­ing Check­list for Ten­e­ments; Safety and Health; En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment and So­cial Devel­o­pon ment; and a Com­pli­ance Score­card that will be uti­lized by the MGB Re­gional Of­fices to de­ter­mine and mea­sure the com­pli­ance of each con­trac­tor/per­mit­tee/per­mit holder.

Only the con­trac­tors/per­mit­tees/per­mit hold­ers that com­ply with all the manda­tory re­quire­ments and at­tain an over-all per­for­mance rat­ing of 80 per­cent will be ren­dered com­pli­ant.

Con­trac­tors/per­mit­tees/per­mit hold­ers who fail to meet the stan­dards will be ren­dered non-com­pli­ant, which is a ground for the im­po­si­tion of penal­ties/sus­pen­sion/can­cel­la­tion.

“This is a chance for the min­ing com­pa­nies to show their com­pli­ance. We also urge these min­ing firms to have their own grad­ing sys­tem and score­cards prior to un­der­go­ing this an­nual grad­ing sys­tem,” Apil added.

The is­suance of the cir­cu­lar is pur­suant to Sec. 9 of Repub­lic Act (RA) No. 7942, or the Philip­pine Min­ing Act of 1995; Sec. 7 of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der No. 2010-21, or the Re­vised Im­ple­ment­ing Rules and Reg­u­la­tion of RA No. 7942; and RA No. 10964, or the Gen­eral Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Act of 2018, par­tic­u­larly the pro­vi­sions for Per­for­mance In­formed Re­port­ing.

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