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DENR & MGB OFFICIALS ATTEND GUINAANG ASSEMBLY

 

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Turn-over of the Minahang Bayang Resolution to GTIPCC President Gilbert Agabas

(Left to right Marvin Denna of PGENRO, PENRO Noel Barrientos, Mayor Alfredo Malannag Jr, Vice Mayor Teddy Mosing, Engr. Alfredo Genetiano, Governor Ferdinand Tubban, GTIPCC President Gilbert Agabas and other members of the GTIPCC)

 

            Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau attended the General Assembly of the Guinaang Tribe held on February 16, 2022 at the Guinaang Covered Court in Pasil, Kalinga.  The assembly celebrated the Minahang Bayan (MB) declaration of the Guinaang Tribe Indigenous People Cultural Community (GTIPCC). The Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) Resolution No. 1 s. 2022 which is the declaration of GTIPCC MB was also formally turned over to them.

            During the program, Engr. Alfredo Genetiano, chief of the Mine Management Division of MGB discussed the Small-Scale Mining Contract (SSMC), its requirements and processes as the next step to be undertaken by the Guinaang Tribe after the MB declaration. He encouraged the small scale miners to organize cooperatives/associations for SSMC application. He also emphasized the importance of responsible mining which includes safety and health for miners and responsibility to the environment. He then highlighted the benefits and assistance from the government for the small scale miners and the Minahang Bayan community.

PENR Officer Noel Barrientos and CENR Officer of Tabuk Imelda Casiwan also discussed the 10 priority programs of the DENR and the role of the community for its success. Representative from the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Mr. Roger Ngao-i also talked about the Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) to be undertaken by the miners as a requirement for the SSMC.

The general assembly was also attended by the Provincial LGU, Municipal LGU, representative from the six barangays of the Guinaang Tribe namely Guinaang, Galdang, Bagtayan, Malucsad, Pugong and Dangtalan and Provincial Government- ENR Office.

By: Jestee Ruth Donaal, Science Research Specialist

 

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Engr. Genetiano discusses Small Scale Mining Contract and its requirements.

 

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