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Illegal mining in the Philippines

MGB embarks on a web-based MIS vs illegal mining

Illegal mining in the Philippines
Illegal mining in the Philippines

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – As part of its continuing drive against illegal mining, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) participated in the development of the Environmental Law Enforcement Management Information System (ELEMIS).
The ELEMIS conference, which was held in Colorado, USA on June 8 – 18, 2016, officially started the development of the ELEMIS program. It was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Knowledge and Information Systems Service, with representatives from the MGB, Biodiversity Management Bureau, Forest Management Bureau, and National Bureau of Investigation.
The ELEMIS program is a web-based management and information system that would streamline on a national level the enforcement of environmental laws, through the inclusion of investigation protocols, and serve as the repository of related information.
This would aid field officers, managers, prosecutors and other users in gathering and preserving evidences, generating comprehensive statistical reports, allocating resources, determining investigation cases’ sensitivity levels, assessing cases and policy impacts, and monitoring of cases.
It is capable of linking with other related information management systems to expand its network of information sources.
The ELEMIS is being developed with the assistance of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and is expected to be implemented within this year.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.