In support to the Fire Safety Month campaign, the personnel of MGB-CAR during its Monday convocation on March 13, 2017 attended a brief presentation on Fire Safety Measures.
Mr. Dale A. Challongen, Division Chief, Environmental Health and Safety, Fire Chief, Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA), explained how fire behaves and how it could be prevented and controlled. He also demonstrated the proper care of a fire extinguisher and how to use it in case of fire.
RD Fay W. Apil and Engr. Agustin L. Balliang, Jr present Mr. Challongen with a token of appreciation for being the resource person on Fire Safety during the Monday convocation.
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More than a hundred-people coming from the host and neighboring barangays of Philex Mining Corporation (PMC) in Itogon and Tuba and representatives of the mining company gathered at the MGB-CAR Conference Hall on March 10, 2017 to discuss and resolve issues concerning the two parties. The following representatives from concerned agencies and local government units attended the dialogue and shared their piece on the issues presented: Engr. Rodolfo L. Velasco, Jr., Chief, Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division, MGB-Central Office, RD Reynaldo Digamo, EMB-CAR, Mr. Joel Behis, DENR-CAR, Mr. Adam P. Ventura, Provincial Government of Benguet, Mr. Mario M. Baucas, Benguet Congressional District Office, Hon. Ignacio Rivera, Mayor, Tuba and Hon. Eddie P. Amuasen, Punong Barangay, Ampucao.
MGB-CAR convened the dialogue to address the issues raised by community leaders and members with the mining company operating in their communities. Letters from community members which have been sent to the national agencies have also been discussed and addressed during the dialogue.
The MGB-CAR OIC, Regional Director Fay W. Apil stressed that the dialogue was convened to address and resolve issues and to come up with win-win solutions for both parties. Continuing consultation with the community leaders and the company representatives is always encouraged. MGB-CAR and other government agencies will always extend assistance whenever needed.
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MGB-CAR Regional Director & Abra PMRB Chairperson Fay W. Apil (center, seated) with members of the Board pose with the PNP Chiefs of Police from all the municipalities of Abra, after the Special Meeting and Stakeholders' Forum conducted on December 14, 2018 at ADTEMPCO Bldg. in Bangued.
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RD Fay Apil, answers questions from the members of the House of Representatives during the Public Hearing on the Impact of Mining. Said activity was held in the Multi-Purpose hall of the Baguio City Hall on March 9, 2017 and was conducted by the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives.
The panel was headed by Committee on Natural Resources Chairperson Hon. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate, together with the other committee members: Hon. Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun, Hon. France L. Castro, Hon. Ariel B. Casilao, Hon. Ronald M. Cosalan, Hon. Mark O. Go, and Hon. Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang.
The Public Hearing was a joint investigation of the Committees on Natural Resources, Ecology, Health, Agriculture, National Cultural Communities and Local Government on the impact of mining in the country and its effects to the environment, agriculture, the health of the public, the rights of the indigenous peoples and its contribution to revenues of local government units and the national government and economic and social development. The investigation is conducted in aid of legislation and to introduce reform measures that will effectively address the weaknesses, shortcoming and failures of the Mining Act of 1995 and all other mining-related laws, rules, regulations and issuances and the insufficiency or absence of institutional mechanisms for effective evaluation and strict regulation of mining operations in the country.
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