Responsible mining is the goal – MGB chief

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Newly appointed Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MBG) Director Mario Luis Jacinto has reminded the agency’s employees of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive that mining in the country should be done in a responsible manner based on existing laws, rules, and regulations.

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In his speech during the turnover ceremony on Monday, Jacinto said that mining can only be responsible if the development of the country’s mineral resources is based on technical feasibility, environmental sustainability, social acceptability, and financial viability.

“The absence of one will not render the project responsible,” the MGB chief said.

Jacinto, who is also an undersecretary at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), encouraged employees to be true to their oath of office of serving the people with professionalism and competence, and not corruption.

He said that working for the government is not something that will make one rich or abundant in material possessions.

“In government, service itself is the reward, not material rewards. Service is good for the soul, not the pocket,” he added.

He urged employees to cut red tape and not require documents that are redundant or not essentially needed, emphasizing the need to act promptly and address their jobs with professionalism and competence.

He said there is a need to review the services that the agency is mandated to perform and determine the kind of requirements that are really essential. He said he hopes to see the MGB play its relevant role in the lives of the Filipinos—how to translate the functions of the MGB to make them relevant to the everyday lives of the Filipinos.

“Let us do things right. Let us be true to our oath of office and let us serve the people,” Jacinto said.

Jacinto is a licensed Geologist who started with the bureau in August 1977.

He was assigned in Mindanao where he later served as Senior Geologist, MGB Regional Technical Director (1987-1990), and DENR Regional Executive Director (1990-1992). He resigned from government service in 1992 to join the private sector in various capacities.

From 2001 to 2010, Jacinto served full-time as City Planning and Development Coordinator in Davao City under then Mayor Duterte.

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