May 10, 2017: Miners social development guidelines expected to be finalized this year

May 10, 2017: Miners social development guidelines expected to be finalized this year
 

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is hoping to formalize this year new guidelines which will serve as success indicators for miners’ social development and management programs (SDMP) conducted in host and neighboring communities around mines.

The head of the MGB’s Environment and Social Development Division, Engineer Rodolfo L. Velasco, Jr. said that the success indicators set the standards for meeting the requirements of a miner’s five-year SDMP. The standards are undergoing trials and will be formalized this year.

“We have tested the guidelines on several mining companies. We hope they will be formally in place by this year,” Mr. Velasco said in an interview with BusinessWorld last month at the MGB’s headquarters in Quezon City

“The implementation of these guidelines will be for both the metal and non-metal mines,” he added.

Mr. Velasco declined to provide details of the guidelines ahead of their submission to a technical working group.

The group will determine whether to issue them as a department administrative order or a memorandum order which will require the signature of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary or head of the MGB, respectively.

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