DENR MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Ma. Lourdes Ferrer officiates the ceremony for the turnover of MGB MIMAROPA Regional Directorship from Engr. Roland A. de Jesus to Engr. Glenn Marcelo Noble.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) MIMAROPA Region welcomed its new Regional Director, Engr. Glenn Marcelo C. Noble, through a turnover ceremony held May 11 at the MGB MIMAROPA Conference Room.

MGB Assistant Director and outgoing Regional Director Engr. Roland de Jesus formally turned over the directorship to Regional Director Noble pursuant to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Special Order No. 2021-238 “Reassignment/Designation of Certain Officials in the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.”

The said event was attended by DENR Undersecretary for Mining and Muslim Affairs Jim O. Sampulna; DENR Assistant Secretary for Finance, Information Systems and Mining Concerns Nonita S. Caguioa; MGB Director Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano; DENR MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Ma. Lourdes G. Ferrer; MGB Calabarzon Regional Director Dondi Sarmiento; Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) MIMAROPA Regional Director Atty. Michael Drake P. Matias; DENR, MGB, and MGB Regional officials; and other partner agencies and industry stakeholders who joined in via the Zoom platform.

In his acceptance speech, RD Noble said that aside from performing the duties and responsibilities in accomplishing the Regional Office’s targets, plans, and programs, he vowed to steer the minerals industry to ensure implementation of laws, rules, and regulations to ensure responsible mining in the MIMAROPA Region.

“It will always be a pleasure serving MGB MIMAROPA, and we will work hand in hand to ensure that we are able to accomplish what we have sworn to do,” RD Noble said.   

Meanwhile, AD de Jesus acknowledged the hard work, trust, and support of his colleagues to his more than 14 years of leadership as Regional Director of the MIMAROPA Region. He also recognized the role of the DENR and other partner agencies in monitoring mining operations and their commitment to espousing responsible mining in the Region. 

For his part, Director Moncano put emphasis on priority concerns such as extending support to expedite the processing of all mining projects that are listed in priority phases 1 and 2 in relation to Executive Order No. 130 s. 2021; pursuing initiatives for the rehabilitation of the abandoned mercury mine of Palawan Quicksilver Mines, Inc. in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; and continuing the monitoring and the programs to mitigate the siltation and possible leak of the tailings dam in the mine site of Marcopper Mining Corp. in Marinduque.

Director Moncano also emphasized the need to continue and replicate the best practices of award-winning mining operations in the MIMAROPA Region. Lastly, he wants the new Regional Director to pursue improving good relations with other agencies, particularly to those who have participation in approving the Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) clearance for mining companies, especially in Palawan. 

RD Noble has been with the Bureau for the past 38 years handling various key positions. Under his nearly three-year leadership in MGB CARAGA as its Regional Director, he introduced innovations in the Regional Office when it comes to the improvement of workplace and well-being of employees, and encouraged mining companies in the region to become proactive in promoting responsible mining amidst challenges in the minerals industry.