Close to three (300) small-scale miners in Brgy. Awang, Opol, Misamis Oriental  attended  the Orientation Seminar on the provisions of R.A 7076 (Small-scale Mining Act /Minahang Bayan Law) conducted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau X on March 11, 2020 held at their covered court.

The Orientation was in view of their Application for  the declaration of their applied area for Minahang Bayan considering that  Section 5 of DAO 2015-03, Revised Impementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7076, otherwise  known as the People’s Small-scale mining Act of 1991–provides that small-scale  mining  operation shall be conducted only  within a  declared Minahang Bayan Area.  The Higaonon Tribal Group in Brgy. Awang organized themselves   and filed their application for the declaration of a Minahang Bayan area in Brgy. Awang at the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) Misamis Oriental chaired  by MGB X Regional Diretor Efren B. Carido.   Said application  has been forwarded to MGB Central Office  for further processing and evaluation.

To provide,  guide and prepare the  the small-scale miners on the process and steps in applying for a small-scale Mining Contract, following the declaration of  their applied area for Minahang Bayan,  MGB X  lectured and presented to the miners the preparation of Mandatory Requirements for Small-scale Mining Contract to make certain that they will undergo the prescribed process flow, thus legalize their operations anchored on the provisions under RA 7076 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.

The Orientation was also attended by the  Punong Barangay of Awang,  Hon. Joselito Ligazpi, Higaonon Tribal Cheftain Datu Rommel Mansilao and MGB X staff headed by their Regional Director.

The small-scale miners on their part expressed  their gratitude to MGB X and their eagerness to secure a small-scale mining contract  to eventually go back  into mining, their main source of living in Brgy. Awang.