The unprecedented event caused by the CoViD-19 pandemic brought disruption in society and the lives of the people in general. Different levels of community quarantine had been imposed and different work schemes and delivery of basic services had been the new norm in the affected sectors, including the academe that opted to hold classes online.
Community quarantines are gradually being lifted; and slowly, most would be returning to work but there is no guarantee that life would be back to where it was before Covid-19.
VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OF MGB R-III AND MAPUA UNIVERSITY
Mapua University, with its commitment to provide their students all possible opportunities to learn, continued with its classes held fully online during the quarantine periods and into their 4th Quarter Academic Year 2019-2020 which included the On-Job-Training subject. In lieu of the traditional OJT program, the university allowed its program under the “Virtual Internship Program (VIP)”.
The MGB R-III traditionally accepts OJTs from universities, including Mapua University offering the B.S. Geology course and had produced students gaining top recognition in their thesis preparation, garnering Best Thesis awards. In addition, some of the trainees handled by MGB became topnotchers on the Geology Board Exams.
This Office, through the Office of the Regional Director and the Geosciences Division, together with the Mine Management Division, Mine Safety Environment and Social Development Division and the Finance and Administrative Division accepted the new challenge of conducting a VIP with its commitment to provide its staff other opportunities to learn and to reach out to clients and stakeholders.
Four (4) B. S. Geology students will be conducting their VIP for a period of six (6) weeks or an equivalent of 240 hours. The GD will be the host division and provided the Training Plan but will be coordinating with the MMD and MSESDD for the data and information that will be useful for the successful conduct of the virtual internship.
A Certificate of Completion will be provided through the FAD upon completion of the VIP.
Regional Director Alilo C. Ensomo, Jr.; Chief Noel Lacadin and Supervising Geologist Ms. Clarissa Villanueva (Geosciences Division); Chief Esteban Martin (Mine Management Division); and Chief Lauro Garcia, Jr. (Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division)imparting their invaluable knowledge as resource speakers for the virtual orientation of Mapua University’s Geology OJT students.
VIRTUAL LECTURE OF MGB R-III AND ENRA
Environment and Natural Resources Academy, with its mission to educate all DENR personnel re: roles, functions and workflow in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, pushes through with its ENR Basic Course. Originally scheduled early this year and designed as a live-in seminar in DENR 3 Regional Office, the training was delayed as quarantine measures were imposed in Central Luzon.
Chief Noel Lacadin (Geosciences Division), Engr. Danilo Fernandez (Mine Management Division), Engr. Tirso Cruz (Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division), and Assistant Information Officer, Engr. Kathryll Francisco, gave their invaluable knowledge and insights as resource speakers on the said three-day event, August 25-28, 2020.
The ENR Frontline Course is part of the “Environment and Natural Resources Learning Program” (ELP) of DENR, a comprehensive training program that DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu launched in 2018 to hone the executive leadership and administrative competencies of frontline officers. The other modules under the ELP are the ENR Management Course and ENR Leadership Course.
Personnel from different CENROs and PENROs in the region were present in the said virtual event, with the Human Resources Development Section-DENR Region 3 (HRDS-DENR 3) as learning facilitators.
MGB R-III Team imparting their knowledge and insights on mining resources management 101, roles and functions of each division under the bureau, including its programs, activities, and projects.