Cecilia Tan

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 »

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
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Aug 102018

In pursuance to the invitation letter dated August 07, 2018 from Ms. Myrna C. Cosin, Secretary to the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental,  Engr. Daniel S. Belderol, Chief Mine Management Division (MMD), Engr. Rodante B. Felina, Chief- Mine, Safety, Environment and Social Development  Division (MSESDD) along with Ms. Cecilia C. Tan,  Information Officer of MGB X, attended  the Inter-Agency Conference/dialogue    with LGU Tagoloan, ENRO Misamis Oriental, DENR X, DPWH, X and TRI-PARCO Development Corporation represented by Mr. Ruben A. Javier held at the Paula’s Hotel  last August 9, 2018 in Tagoloan.

The Sangguniang Bayan members of Tagoloan conducted a dialogue to  seek the advise/opinions of the different concerned agencies mentioned above  regarding the Industrial  Sand  and gravel application filed by Triparco Development Corporation in Sta. Ana, Tagoloan. This move  was to determine the status of the application, specially on its impact to the environment,  government infrastructure like roads, bridges and flood controls, private properties among others and it’s social acceptability.  The result  from the  conference/dialogue will form part of the LGUs basis for the endorsement of the Indusrial Sand and Gravel permit application to the Provincial Mining  Regulatory Board (PMRB) of Misamis Oriental  for approval .

RD Rex S. Monsanto with some of the group the touring company quarry site

The Bench marking activity was aimed to get acquainted with best mining practices implemented by the Company and gain insights and appreciation of initiatives on environmental protection and enhancement program, social development and management, MRFC and MMT Operations and other practices/projects like greening/reforestation of mined-out areas being employed by Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. to sustain a responsible mining operation.

Members of the Bench Marking Group headed by MGB X Regional Director Rex S Monsanto, members of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committees (MRFCs) and Multipartite Monitoring Teams (MMTs  ) of Holcim Resources Development Corporation (HRDC) Lugait Plant, Republic Cement Iligan , Inc., Mindanao Cement Iligan , Inc., based in Brgy. Kiwalan, Iligan City,  ISAG  Permit Holders , MGB X technical staff , Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Engr.  Paquito Melicor and CENRO Maria Theresa Allen of DENR Regional Office- 10 and Engr. Emilio Figueroa , Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. General Manager.

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Participants and organizers to the “Capability Building on the Evaluation and Monitoring of Work
Programs for Mining Operations” last June 11, 2018 held at the Grand Caprice Restaurant, Lim ket Kai
Center, Cagayan de Oro City

Forty-four participants representing large-scale mining companies including Industrial Sand and gravel,
Applicants for Mineral Processing Permits, Local government Units from the Provinces of Misamis
Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte the City of Iligan and one from the Philippine
Minerals Industry, Inc. (PMDC) converged for a one-day Capability Building on the Evaluation and
Monitoring of Work Programs for Mining Operations.

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Representatives of MGB-X, together with the staff of RTC Branch 39, headed by Fiscal Malou M. Sumalpong, the Local Government Unit-Opol, Philippine National Police-Opol, Barangay Officials, Yellow Stone Corporation and communities kicked off the celebration of the environment month in a tree-growing activity at Barangay Bagocboc, Opol, Misamis Oriental last June 1, 2018.

It may be recalled that in 2012, MGB –X filed a case against Yellow Stone Mining and Development Corporation for illegal exploration.

Last May 2018, the presiding judge, Hon. Marites Filomena B. Rana-Bernales ordered Yellow Stone Corporation to pay the fine of Php 50, 000.00 and to spend P200, 000.00 for

environmental reparation in the area in the form of a tree planting activity at Brgy. Bagocboc, Opol. More than 100 persons participated in the court ordered activity where a total of 1,000 bamboo plantlets were prepared to be planted.

To spread environmental awareness, a short program featuring some lectures on proper tree-growing, the dangers of illegal mining and how the vigilance of the people in the area can help curb the problem were also conducted prior to the undertaking for the benefit of the local community.

Participating Mines and Geosciences Bureau personnel from the different regions to the Seminar-Workshop on ITAPS, SWEEPS and Disclosure of Public Information for 8888 Hotline Focal Persons

To ensure effective implementation of 8888 Hotline, a seminar-workshop on Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Public Service (ITAPS), Efficient and Effective Public Service (SWEEPS), Freedom on Information and Data Privacy Protocol for 8888 Hotline Focal Persons,    a series of seminar-workshops (first batch) was conducted on April 17-19, 2018. The venue was at the Hive Hotel in  Quezon City and  was attended by 8888 Focal persons from the different DENR Regional Offices and line Bureaus like the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the Environmental Management Bureau.

The white cartolina represents a sample charter, part of the Seminar-Workshop was the preparation of each Agency’s charter given a limited time of five (5) minutes by the speaker from the Office of the Ombudsman Manila.

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