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MGB participates in Ph-EITI LGU roadshow
Mines and Geosciences Bureau, September 29, 2015

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) recently participated in the five-leg nationwide roadshow of the Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (PH-EITI) held in the cities of Butuan, Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Davao and Pasay last July 15 to August 20.
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MGB hosts APEC mining task force meetings
Mines and Geosciences Bureau, September 24, 2015

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) - Department of Environment and Natural Resources recently hosted the Mining Task Force (MTF) Meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) during the Senior Officials Meeting 3 in Cebu City. The MTF Meetings consisted of the MTF Workshop, The Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) and the 9th MTF Meeting.
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MGB provides technical assistance to R&D projects
Mine and Geosciences Bureau, September 22, 2015

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), thru the facilities and personnel of the Metallurgical Technology Division (MeTD), continues to provide technical assistance requested by the academic and other research institutions for various Research and Development (R&D)-related activities.
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Children risk lives mining gold, rights group says
Bloomberg, October 01, 2015

THOUSANDS of child laborers as young as nine years old are risking their lives diving and digging for gold in small-scale mines in the Philippines, Human Rights Watch said in a report released yesterday. The children work in unstable 25-meter-deep pits, underwater, along the shore or in rivers, and process gold with mercury, a toxic metal, the New York-based rights group said in a 39-page report that documented the illegal practice in Camarines Norte and Masbate provinces.
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Pact to prevent small-scale gold miners from polluting sought
Jonathan L. Mayuga, September 29, 2015

THE Philippines has proposed to work with other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) member-economies for the development of mobile modular gold-processing and waste-treatment plants for the country’s small-scale gold mining sector. The development of modular gold- processing and waste-treatment plants will help improve artisanal and small-scale gold mining through better gold-purification process, and, at the same time, help prevent dumping of toxic waste that end up in rivers and other water bodies, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Assistant Director Elmer B. Billedo said.
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Solon quizzes ‘paltry’ fine paid by mining firm with links to LP
Tribune Wires, September 28, 2015

An opposition lawmaker in the Senate has questioned the paltry fine paid by a mining company with links to the administration Liberal Party (LP) despite expected big profits extracted from the area where it operates. “They are paying very less, furthermore there’s no provision that the company will be banned for violating their permit. It’s as if luck is perfectly on their side,” Sen. Nancy Binay said during a Senate environment committee hearing on mining issues.
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Seeking easy wins, task force targets black sand quarrying
Vince Alvic A. F. Nonato, Reporter, September 23, 2015

THE FIRST REPORT of the interagency Fact-Finding Committee on Illegal Mining launched on Tuesday tackled mostly small-scale mining and rampant illegal black sand quarrying, in order to score easy wins before moving on to bigger violators.
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