Mines and Geosciences Bureau X Regional Director (seated 1st first, right side) discussed to Holcim Resources Development Corporation (HRDC) Manager, Engr. Tito Mendoza (seated second, left side) the Suspension of all Quarry operations in Regions l, lll,   CALABARZON, V, Vll, X Xl and Xlll as per Memorandum letter of MGB Directior Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano dated September 21, 2018, and   as per order from the DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu.

The suspension was in view of the recent landslide incidents in Itogon, Benguet and Naga City, Cebu that resulted to the deaths and missing persons, and damages to properties of communities near mining/quarry operations. The secretary has instructed identified MGB Regional Offices to conduct an immediate safety inspection and Geohazard assessment of the communities near the mining/quarry operations under their area of jurisdiction to prevent similar landslide incidents.  Continue reading »

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)

SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN #8
FOR:Typhoon Ompong
Tropical Cyclone: WARNING

ISSUED AT: 8:00 AM, 14 September 2018

TYPHOON “OMPONG” INCREASES ITS THREAT OVER NORTHERN LUZON AS IT MOVES CLOSER.

Occasional rains and gusty winds will be experienced over the areas under TCWS #1. Stormy weather is expected over areas under TCWS#2 and TCWS#3. TY “OMPONG” is expected to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area tomorrow early morning (Saturday,15 September). The Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by the typhoon will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Visayas while scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga. Residents in these areas, especially those living near river channels, in low-lying areas and in mountainous areas, are advised to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and to continue monitoring for updates. Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas with TCWS and the eastern seaboards of Visayas and of Mindanao. Continue reading »

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)

SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN #4
FOR: Typhoon Ompong
Tropical Cyclone: WARNING

ISSUED AT: 11:00 AM, 13 September 2018

TYPHOON “OMPONG” HAS SLIGHTLY SLOWED DOWN AS IT CONTINUES TO MOVE WESTWARD OVER THE PHILIPPINE SEA.

Typhoon “Ompong” continues to threaten Northern Luzon. Occasional rains and gusty winds will be experienced over the areas under TCWS #1. TY “OMPONG” is expected to make landfall in the northern Cagayan on Saturday morning (September 15). Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas under TCWS #1, the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Visayas and of Mindanao. Continue reading »

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)

SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN #3
FOR: Typhoon Ompong
Tropical Cyclone: WARNING

ISSUED AT: 5:00 AM, 13 September 2018

TYPHOON “OMPONG” HAS SLIGHTLY ACCELERATED WHILE MAINTAINING ITS STRENGTH.

The typhoon continues to threaten Northern Luzon. Occasional rains and gusty winds will be experienced over the areas under TCWS #1. TY “OMPONG” is expected to make landfall in the northern tip of Cagayan on Saturday morning (September 15). Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas under TCWS #1, and the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Visayas and of Mindanao. Continue reading »

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)

SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN #1
FOR: Typhoon Ompong
Tropical Cyclone: WARNING

ISSUED AT: 5:00 PM, 12 September 2018

TYPHOON MANGKHUT HAS ENTERED THE PHILIPPINE AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY AND WAS NAMED “OMPONG”.

Typhoon OMPONG entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 3:00 PM this afternoon. The typhoon continues to threaten Northern Luzon. The province of Catanduanes will experience the peripheral effects of OMPONG within the next 36 hours, bringing occasional rains and gusty winds. The typhoon may reach a peak intensity of 220 / 270 kph (max/gust) tomorrow (September 13). TY OMPONG is expected to make landfall in the northern tip of Cagayan on Saturday (September 15). TCWS #1 may be raised in provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur tomorrow morning (September 13). Continue reading »

Osin A. Sinsuat, Jr., Chief Geologist, MGB-X, talks on Understanding Geo-hazards in the LGU

MGB-X was invited as Resource Speaker on Understanding Geo-hazards in the LGU during the Training-Workshop on the Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) for Pilot LGUs Cum Coaches Training.  The training-workshop was organized by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – X in coordination with the Local Government Academy (LGA).    Participants from pilot local government units included the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (PDRRMOs) of the 5 provinces of the region; and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (MDRRMOs), the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs), and the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) of 20 municipal government units, including, Talakag, Bukidnon; Balingoan, Initao, Lugait, Medina, Naawan, Opol, Salay, and Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental;  Sagay, Guinsiliban, and Mambajao, Camiguin; Jimenez, Sinacaban, Sapang Dalaga, Aloran, and Plaridel, Misamis Occidental; and Bacolod, Baroy, and Tubod, Lanao del Norte.  The activity was held on 2018. September 5 to 7 at the Dynasty Court Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.

Fifty (50) participants from the  different PENROs/CENROs including  embedded  personnel,  representatives from  DENR , EMB and some MGB X technical personnel   converged during the  Orientation Seminar on the Guidelines in the conduct of Apprehension, Seizure, Confiscation and Dispostion of illegally  sourced Minerals/Mineral Products  and By-Products, Tools, Conveyances and Equipment used provided under MGB MC No. 2018-01 conducted on August 24, 2018 at the  Philtown Hotel and Restaurant .

The Seminar was aimed to orient the participants on the updated policy guidelines in the apprehension, confiscation and disposition of illegally sourced minerals as provided  under  MGB Memorandum Circular No. 2018-01 and as  presented by Atty. Josephine V. Sescon, OIC, Legal Service Division MGB Central Office, Manila. Continue reading »

Aug 202018

A one day  Orientation Seminar/Learning Activity was conducted for members of Multi-partite Monitoring  Teams (MMTs) from  Iligan City and Misamis Oriental.  The activitry was designed to orient new members on pertinent environmental and mining laws, rules , regulations and programs covering the topics on the following:

  • Evironmental Impact Statement System
  • Ecological Solid Waste Management
  • Toxic substance, Hazardous and Nuclear waste Control
  • Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act
  • Ambient Air Sampling Procedure
  • Adjudication of Environmental Compliance Certificate  (ECC) Violations and Pollution Cases
  • Protocol in Conducting Environmental  Compliance  Inspection Continue reading »
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