To promote responsible mining, appraise geologic hazards and strengthen partnership from educational institutions, two sets of IEC campaigns was held by Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. V at Tabaco National High School (TNHS) and Bicol University College of Social Science and Philosophy (BUCSSP) last July 13 and 16, 2018.

The campaign was participated by a total of One Hundred Twenty-Two (122) students comprising of fifty-seven (57) Grade 11 students from TNHS and sixty-five (65) Philosophy students from BUCSSP all belonging to an environmental club.

Technical personnel from MGB-V composed of Sarah Mae Ajon, Engineer III; Sheila Elaine Solomon, Engineer II; Christine Isah Riñon, Engineer I and Senior Geologist Rojelon Amata discussed the five topics namely (a) Programs and Activities of Geosciences Division, (b) Basic Geologic Hazards, (c) Importance of Mining (d) Benefits and Drawbacks of Mining Industry to the Environment and (e) Highlights of RA 7942

An open forum followed after the lecture. Students actively raised questions mostly on mining related issues namely:

  1. What mining companies do in conserving the wildlife
    • Wildlife conservation should be included in the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program of mining companies as one of their activities.
  2. Complaint on the non-acceptance of local workers by mining companies
    • It was explained that Section 35 Clause J of RA 7942 known as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 stated that “A stipulation that the contractors are obligated to give preference to Filipinos in all types of mining employment for which they are qualified and that technology shall be transferred to the same.” Mining companies should give priorities to Filipinos especially to Locals.

  3. Consequences on the non-compliance of mining companies
    • The participants were informed that penalties from suspension to minor violation depends on the severity of the committed non-compliance.

  4. What to do during a sudden closure of mining
    • A Sudden Mine Closure Plan should be included in the mining companies Final Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning Plan (FMRDP). For cases of old abandoned mines, the government rehabilitated the said mines.