MGB to deploy mining engineers and geologists in C. Luzon

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga--- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) here, a line agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to deploy at least 13 mining engineers and geologists to strengthen the DENR field offices in enforcing mining laws, environment authorities here announced recently.

Alilo Ensomo, regional director of MGB in Central Luzon said that their office will be hiring additional six (6) geologist and seven (7) mining engineers that will be assigned to the DENR’s community environment and natural resources office (CENRO) to empower the field office capabilities in handling mining and environmental issues at the ground level.

“Strengthening our field offices particularly the CENROs are a priority agenda of environment secretary Roy Cimatu as the front line office of the DENR,” he explained, adding that responsible mining is on top of the secretary’s priority program.

He said MGB is now recruiting qualified applicants that are graduates of geology and mining engineer or environmental science graduates this month to assist in enforcing mining laws.

“Those recruits will be given contractual appointments and will undergo extensive training and orientation on mining and environmental laws before they can be deployed in the CENRO,” he added.

According to Jocelyn Carbonel, administrative officer of MGB, mining engineer will receive a monthly salary of P30,000 while geologist will have a remuneration of P26,000 per month.

Francisco Milla, Jr., regional director of DENR in Central Luzon said that at present there are no mining engineers and geologists in the CENRO, since the MGB has no field offices only regional office.

“This development will help us to really enforce mining and other environmental laws and strictly monitor compliance of mining companies,” he said.

Last year, the DENR hired more than 100 lawyers that are assigned to various field offices of the DENR in the country, who will assist in the speedy resolution of environmental cases and in the enforcement of environmental laws.

Republic Act No. 7942 also known as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 is the law that transformed the MGB from staff bureau to line bureau of the DENR.

Under the law, MGB shall have direct charge in the administration and disposition of mineral lands and mineral resources and shall undertake geological, mining, metallurgical, chemical, and other researches as well as geological and mineral exploration surveys.

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DENR issues 1,685 land titles to CL residents

In support of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu’s initiative to improve land administration and management in the country, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here has distributed 1,685 land titles or patents this year benefitting more than 8,400 families and their beneficiaries in the region, environment authorities said.

Paquito Moreno, Jr., regional director of DENR in Central Luzon, reported that 189 land titles covering some 141 hectares of public lands has been distributed to marginalized farmers of Central Luzon since January of this year.

“These agricultural land titles or patents issued to farmers aimed to spur economic development in the region’s agrarian sector, following the reinforcement of the approved Bill No. 1454 or the “Agricultural Free Patent Reform Act of 2017,” he said.

In addition to that, he said 1,248 land titles covering some 29 hectares of public lands has been doled out to Central Luzon residents. He explained that the issuance of residential free patents was part of the land disposition program of the government by virtue of Republic Act No. 10023 or the Residential Free Patent Act.

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