Compostela Valley Province— The provincial government of Compostela Valley under Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) hosted the “National Summit for the Presentation of the Proposed Amendment of the RIRR of Republic Act (R.A.) 7076 and the 1st National Assembly of the Philippine National Coalition for Small-Scale Miners” with the theme: “Responsableng Pagmina.., Kaunlaran ng Bayan,” on July 28 – 31, 2019 at the Provincial Capitol, Cabidianan, Nabunturan.
This is in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Caring Gold Mining Project, International Labour Organization (ILO) Social Justice Decent Work, and the BAN Toxics.
Highlights of the program is the open forum with the members of the panelist present with DENR Assistant Secretary Ninita S. Caguioa, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Assistant Governor Iluminada Sicat, National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP) Regional Director Atty. Geroncio Aguio, Ban Toxic Deputy Executive Director Rey San Juan Jr. and the Caring Gold Mining Project Consultants; Catalino Rivera and Atty. Deinrado Dimalibot.
Governor Uy welcomed the more than 200 leaders in the different mining associations of the Philippines gathered in the Capitol for the three-day National Summit.
“Wala ginapugngan ang mga small-scale miners nga magmina kon manginabuhi diha sa mga pamulawanan sa probinsiya. Awhag nako kaninyo nga kinahanglan paniguruhon nga governed by laws ang inyung mga activities diha sa inyung minahan,” said Governor Uy.
The objectives of the 3-day national assembly aims to strengthen the Philippine National Coalition for Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining to have a legal personality, to present the different good practices of the different miner’s association in the entire country, present DENR – Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) revised implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 7076, updates and initiatives on the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM), as well as the presentation of the ASGM draft national action plan and proposed amendment of RA 7076 and to promote compassionate gold business model and certification as an innovate solution to address policy gaps, formalization, child labor, working conditions, and transparent supply chains.
ASGM refers to gold mining conducted by the individual miners or small enterprises with limited capital investment and production depending on country-specific criteria. ASGM may employ “rudimentary techniques in extracting minerals, most commonly gold, by miners working in small-sized operations.” Approximately 70% to 80% of ASGM operations worldwide is considered informal, or lacking standards and compliance to government regulations.
The Philippine National Coalition for Artisanal Small-Scale Miners was organized in June 2016 to achieve progressive, healthy and sustainable ASM community through responsible mining, good governance, and unity.
The organization also hopes to be the advocates and stewards of toxic-free society, community and responsible small-scale mining that enriches and uplifts the lives of the marginalized Filipinos.
Since its creation in June 2016, the organization’s goal is to have a legal personality and be the voices of the marginalized small-scale miners in the entire country. #YEStoDavaoDeOro (Rey Antibo, ID Comval)
The provincial government of Compostela Valley under Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) hosted the “National Summit for the Presentation of the Proposed Amendment of the RIRR of Republic Act (R.A.) 7076 and the 1st National Assembly of the Philippine National Coalition for Small-Scale Miners” with the theme: “Responsableng Pagmina.., Kaunlaran ng Bayan,” on July 28 – 31, 2019 at the Provincial Capitol, Cabidianan, Nabunturan.( Provincial Photos)