In line with the continuing program for the members and staff of the Mines Adjudication Board/Panel of Arbitrators (MAB/PA), the Mines and Geosciences Bureau - Central Office (MGB-CO) spearheaded the 4th MAB/PA Seminar-Workshop on Mining Conflict/Dispute Resolutions held on April 18-22, 2016 at Citystate Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The activity, with the theme “Moving Forward: Opportunities and Challenges in Dispute Resolution on Mining Conflict,” was participated in by the members and staff of the MAB/PA from the Central and Regional Offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the MGB.

The seminar-workshop aimed to: (1) set a universe in target setting vis-à-vis budget requirements; (2) finalize the Proposed Revised Rules of Pleading, Practice and Procedure before the Mines Adjudication Board and the Panel of Arbitrators; (3) draft a Memorandum Circular for the Panel defining its jurisdiction based on actual cases decided; (4) update knowledge on the new laws, rules, and regulations on mining and jurisprudence; and (5) finalize the proposed Establishment of an Electronic Content Management System and orientation on the MGB Central Database System

A mine site tour was also organized for the attendees since this was the first time in the last four years to hold the event outside of Metro Manila. They visited one of the operating mine companies in Palawan, the Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation (CMDC) located in Narra, Palawan. The company staff and personnel, led by CDMC’s Resident Mine Manager Engr. Jainal M. Uy, warmly welcomed the participants. Overview of the mine and its activities and orientation on safety were provided to the participants before the actual mine tour. Aside from the mine and pier site tours, projects under the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) and the nursery were also visited.