DOST Secretary Montejo attends Responsible Mining Project Monitoring

DOST-PCIEERD monitoring team together with the DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo conducted project evaluation for CSU responsible mining projects last April 30, 2014 at Dotties Place Hotel. Along with Sec. Montejo, the activity was also joined by Asec. Reymond Liboro, Usec. Carol Yorobe and DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Rowena Cristina L. Guevarra.

Spearheaded by the Caraga State University Vice President for Research and Extension and the concurrent Program Leader of the S&T Program funded by DOST-PCIEERD, Dr. Rowena P. Varela started the short program by welcoming the guests and discussed the salient ground of Responsible Mining. In her brief talk, she emphasized the major accomplishments of the program as well as the hitches encountered since the kick-off of the projects.The meeting unearth issues on budget, activities conducted and the roadmaps towards attaining sustainable responsible mining.

Dr. Rowena L. Guevara gave her noteworthy remark on project 1 “Assessment of Terrestrial Biodiversity in Selected Key Environs of Mindanao” headed by Ms. Sherryl L. Paz. She highly recommended submitting the list of areas covered in their sampling site identified as “no mine-zone” in order to be further specified in EO 79 institutionalizing mining reforms in the country. According to Ms. Paz, there were specific areas found to be concentrated with various species. Thus, if there’s a mining plan for expansion, these areas may perhaps be avoided.

Another highlight among the presentations was the feasibility of GIS mapping on vegetation and land cover which is interconnected with the terrestrial biodiversity project. Sec. Montejo commended the ICT Support team formerly led by Dr. Luisito I. Tabada to collaborate with DREAM-LiDAR project of DOST to create reliable and more detailed maps.

The presentation was ended by a short message from Dr. Guevarra encouraging the researchers who pushed through the program to continue what has been started. According to her, this program will pave the way for responsible mining not only in Mindanao but in the country as well.  She anticipated that next year this R&D Program could give out research findings and significant information to stakeholders and general public.