This year’s seminar-workshop on mining conflict/dispute resolution was the fourth yet the first to be held outside Metro Manila conducted by the Mines Adjudication Board, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Central Office.

It was a five (5)-day seminar inclusive of travel time starting April 18, 2016 to April 22, 2016 held at Citystate, Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan with a theme, “Moving Forward: Opportunities and Challenges in Dispute Resolution on Mining Conflict”. Participants were DENR and MGB lawyers, technical and support staff of each regional office.  Regional Office No. X was attended by Engr. Daniel S. Belderol, Engr. Manuel L. Candia, Ms. Marianita C. Achas and Ms. Gladys P. Tupaz (photos attached).

The seminar-workshop has four (4) objectives: 1) to set a universe in target setting vis-a-vis budget requirements; 2) to finalize the proposed Revised Rules on Pleading, Practice and Procedure before the Mines and Adjudication Board and the Panel of Arbitrators, to draft a Memorandum Circular for the Panel defining its jurisdiction based on actual cases decided; 3) to update knowledge on the new laws, rules and regulations on mining and jurisprudence; and 4) to finalize the proposed Establishment of an Electronic Content Management System and orientation on the MGB Central Database System.

The workshop was highlighted by: a) regional presentation of accomplishments versus target(s) from 1996 to date; b) identification of issues and gaps in non-accomplishment of target(s), 2017 work and financial plan (output of April 5-9, 2016 Budget Workshop/Detailed Work Activities); c) target and unit cost; d) travel and training plan; e) procurement management plan; f) updates on new mining policy(ies)/issuances; and g) finalization of the proposed amended rules of procedures.

The seminar had ended successfully.  The participants, especially the lawyers were happy and grateful to the MAB for having such kind of activity which, to them, had enhanced deeper camaraderie and strong relationship among DENR and MGB lawyers.  To some others, it was a learning event.