As part of the continuing organizational and institutional evaluation and assessment mechanism, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has created a two-member validation team to review and confirm the MGB-7’s accomplishment for calendar year 2011, from November 28 to December 1 this year.

This developed after MGB Acting Director Leo L. Jasareno issued a memorandum dated November 19 to validate all programs and projects implemented in region 7 in an apparent move to erase doubts on the authenticity and integrity of the reports submitted to his office.

The team, led by MGB’s Planning and Policy division chief Glen Marcelo Noble with Maria Cristina Pornillos as member, will also hold a field visit of the mining contract or permit area.

“The objective is also to increase the agency’s competence in providing accurate reports, particularly on the priority programs such as national greening program, (NGP) and geohazards mapping as required by President Aquino and DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje,” said MGB 7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo.

Meanwhile, the MGB 7 has reported its compliance with the necessary requirements on good governance conditions (GGCs): three under financial stewardship, Transparency Seal, Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) Posting, Cash Advance (CA) Liquidation, and one under internal processes, Citizen’s Charter.

This is set forth under Memorandum Circular No. 2012-02 dated 16 October 2012 issued by Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio B. Abad, Chairman of Administrative Order (AO) Number 25, series of 2011 or the Interagency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring Information and Reporting Systems.

On the implementation of the geohazards assessment and mapping using a scale of 1:10,000, it yielded or posted a 100 percent mark or equivalent to 12 municipalities or cities.

Also, the operating mines and quarries had initiated the growing of various agroforesty tree species covering an aggregate area of 1,011.487 hectares as of November 26, 2012 in support to the NGP.