Visitors from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) based in London recently came to the country to visit the Compostela Valley Province to study the transparency initiative efforts being done at the province otherwise known as the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). The transparency initiative is with the support of the national government, concerned national government agencies and assistance of Bantay Kita, a coalition of various civil society, academe and non-government organizations who are pushing for transparency and accountability in the extractive industry.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) RXI is issuing advisory to all local government units in the region considering that November and December are wet months and that the possibility of landslide and flooding occurrences in high risk areas is high.
Areas highly susceptible to flooding, flashfloods and landslides are advised to prepare and put in place measures to mitigate disaster occurrences. These measures include, among others, development of early warning device, prepare the identified evacuation sites, immediate evacuation during heavy precipitation or long duration of rain and constant communication and updates with pertinent agencies especially the Municipality and/or Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (M/BDRRMCs).
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau RXI is conducting series of information and education activities to different municipalities in the region.
The main objective is to disseminate information on the recent policies in the mining industry such as the one passed by the present Aquino Administration, the Executive Order 79, highlighting the changes which the present Aquino Administration hopes to infuse into the industry.