As mandated under Executive Order No. 79, the Law instituting Policy Reforms in the Mining Sector, the Multi-Stakeholders Team (MST) conducted a review and evaluation on the performance of Industrial Sand and Gravel (ISAG) and Mineral Processing Permit (MPP) operations in Region 10. The review was conducted last August 19, 2021 for ISAG and on August 26, 2021 for MPP, respectively, via Google Meet.
The Multi -Stakeholders Team was headed by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau X OIC, Regional Director Felizardo A. Gacad, Jr. with member agency representatives from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and LGU concerned.
The review and evaluation aims to ensure compliance with environmental standards, laws, rules and regulations, and to rationalize the management of minerals toward sustainable development based on the guidelines and parameters set forth in the specific permits or agreements and other pertinent or applicable laws, rules and regulations, such as the Mining Act of 1995, EO 79 and the Labor Code.
Appropriate action shall be immediately taken against proven violators based on the findings and recommendations of the review.
Overall findings of the review and evaluations by the MST showed that all the three (3) Industrial Sand and Gravel and three (3) Mineral Processing Permit operations reviewed and evaluated in Region 10 manifested compliance to the terms and conditions provided under the Mining Act of 1995, EO 79 and Labor Code. Moreover, the permit holders subjected themselves to adhere and support the recommendations from the MST especially on the regular submission of reportorial requirements and establishment of the Final Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning Fund intended for the final mine rehabilitation of the area in case the permit holders refrain from renewing their permits or cease operating.