SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela, June 26 (PIA)--Good practices of Cagayan Valley's mining companies were recently highlighted in an environment forum sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Mines and GeoSciences Bureau (MGB).
The forum, held at Zen Hotel in this city, featured the JDVC Resource Corporation's take on Offshore responsible Magnetite Mining Practices in Cagayan province, Dinapigue Mining Corporation's Responsible Stewardship in Isabela province, FCF Minerals Corporation's Best Practice in Stakeholder's Disclosure and OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. Legacy of Responsbile Mining.
DENR-MGB also presented their updates on technical instruments and other permits, environmental laws, rules and regulations, and its Geohazard Assessment and Mapping Project/Landslide and Flood Susceptibility Mapping.
The environment forum with the theme: "Creating opportunities to enegage stakeholders: A relevant view on responsible mining practices" was attended by stakeholders from the mining industry, academe, local government units, students, civil society organizations and media practitioners in Cagayan Valley, among others.
Lawyer Antonio Abawag, DENR Regional Executive Director , said the forum aims to forge partnership between and among various stakeholders in order for them to become vigilant on various environmental issues and concerns and possible violations of mining companies in the region.
"Let us be vigilant, we need you to monitor them and ensure that mining should be done responsibly. While mining helps our communities and the country's economy, let us not compromise our environment," he said.
Abawag added that while mining companies in the region are peforming well, they should be guarded and their violation should be reported to them for proper action.
"If you see that what they are doing is not good for the environment, report them to us and to other concerned agencies so that we can address the peroperly," he further said. (ALM/BME/PIA-2 Nueva Vizcaya)