LEGAZPI CITY – RD Guillermo A. Molina, Jr. IV has directed operating mines in the Bicol Region to realign the 2021 Annual Social Development and Management Program (ASDMP), and Safety and Health Program (SHP) Funds to purchase the Covid-19 vaccines for Host and Neighboring Communities and Employees/Workers. This is consistent with the directive from the MGB Director Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano based on MGB Memorandum dated January 29, 2021 to realign ASDMP, and SHP funds of mining companies for CY 2021 to procure Covid-19 vaccines for the host and neighboring communities, and employees/workers to help fight against Covid-19.

Abiding by the said Memorandum, RD Molina has recently sent letters to all operating mines in the Bicol Region to comply with the said Memorandum and reminded that the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines shall be in accordance with the guidelines and procedures set forth by the Department of Health and the National Task Force on Covid-19 of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Further, all mining companies concerned are also directed to conduct a consultation meeting with the host and neighboring communities per section 136-A of DAO-2010-21 and said implementation shall be included in the quarterly accomplishment reports to be submitted to this Office.

The procurement of vaccine for Covid-19 will help the host and neighboring communities as well as the employees/workers of the mining companies all over the country to be protected from the wrath of this virus.