MGB RXI to conduct consultative assembly on revised implementing rules and regulations of people’s small-scale mining act
The Mines will be conducting a consultative assembly on the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act No. 7076 otherwise known as the People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991 to all Provincial/City Mining Regulatory Board (P/CMRB) Members in the region this coming Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Pinnacle Hotel, Sta. Ana Ave., Davao City. Under the said revised implementing rules and regulations, no small-scale mining operations will be undertaken outside a Minahang Bayan and that no individuals shall be allowed to operate without a small-scale mining contract. Under the same policy, requirements to enter into small-scale mining contract include, among others: submission of accomplished and notarized application form, payment of Php 10t application fee for non-metallic minerals, and Php20t for gold, silver and chromite, copy of small-scale miners license, location map and sketch plan of the proposed small-scale mining contract area.
The Holcim Philippines-Davao Plant in Davao City recently submitted its 2015 Annual Environment Protection Enhancement Program (AEPEP). This document is a yearly requirement to monitor the company’s compliance to environmental protection provisions stated in RA 7942, otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995. An Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (AEPEP) refers to a yearly environmental management work plan based on the approved environmental protection and enhancement strategy. For this year, total operating expenses for EPEP amounts to Php3.2 million. Among the control strategies stated in the company’s AEPEP include, among others, progressive rehabilitation, where mined out areas are rehabilitated and restored to original state and irregular contours are smoothened and covered with topsoil to enable growth of trees and other vegetation during reforestation. Other environmental activities being regularly conducted include: siltation control, installation of siltation pond, desilting of siltation pond, maintenance of discharge filters, flood control, inspection of drainage systems, maintenance of quarry roads/dedusting and pollution control (e.g. Ambient Air Monitoring, water sampling, noise monitoring, rain gauge monitoring and oil trap maintenance).
The APEX Mining Co. Inc., one of the two producing mining companies in the region, recently submitted its Social Development Management Plan for 2015 in compliance with Administrative Order 2010-21, mandating large-scale mining companies to assist the host communities in the implementation of its developmental programs and projects. The figure stipulated in the company’s SDMP amounts to Php27 million. DAO 2010-21 mandates the contractor, permit holder or lessee to allocate annually a minimum of one and a half percent (1.50%) of the mining project’s total operating cost as the basis for funding the SDMP. The fund shall be allocated in the following program allocations namely: development of host and neighboring communities (75%), information, education and communication (IEC) program (15%) and development of mining technology and geosciences (10%). For the development of host and neighboring communities about Php20.5 million is allocated, for the IEC about Php4.1 million and for the development of the Mining Technology and Geosciences about Php2.7 million.