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The Philippine Red Cross Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro Chapter, in line with its “Ridge to Coast, Rain to Tap” project, under the support of the Netherlands Red Cross, conducted a Standard Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Training and Contingency Planning Training of Facilitators from May 20 to June 1, 2019 in Cagayan de Oro City.

Part of the program is to capacitate a pool of volunteers in strengthening their knowledge, skills and attitude towards application of DRR activities in the target communities through trainings.  Chief Geologist Osin A. Sinsuat, Jr. gave a presentation on Geologic Hazards under the mandate of the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau on May 21, 2019.

On April 22, MGB-X Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto and division and section chiefs joined DENR-X officials and other stakeholders at the Opening Ceremony marking the observance of Earth Week 2019, spearheaded by DENR-EMB-X, held at Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City.

On April 25, MGB-X attended the “Laudato Si Symposium”, held at the EMB-X Training Center, Cagayan de Oro City.

Presentations included topics on “Hazardous Waste and its Impact to the Environment”, “Philippine Eagle Conservation and Biodiversity and Importance of Wildlife Protection”, “Migratory Birds”, and “Laudato Si Symposium”.

Following the successive landslide incidents in 2018, first, in Itogon, Benguet on September 15, and then in Naga City, Cebu on September 18, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu on September 20, 2018, ordered the temporary suspension of all mining/quarry operations in the entire country.   The landslide incidents were allegedly attributed to mining/quarrying operations, resulting to lives lost and properties damaged.

On September 21, 2018, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director, Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano, directed all MGB Regional Directors to suspend all quarry operations for 15 days, pending the conduct of safety and geohazard assessment of quarry areas including the surrounding communities.

On September 22, 2018, MGB-X Regional Director, Engr. Rex S. Monsanto, issued a Special Order creating a Safety and Geohazard Assessment Team to Conduct Assessment of Communities Near Mining/Quarry Operations.  The Team was composed of personnel of  the Geosciences Division, the Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division, the Mine Management Division, the Finance and Administrative Division, embedded MGB personnel in PENRO-Lanao del Norte and PENRO-Misamis Oriental, and from the Provincial Environment and Management Unit-Lanao del Norte.

The SGAT immediately conducted assessment of all mining/quarrying operations for DENR-issued Mining Tenements in the region, specifically, Holcim Resources Development Corp. (HRDC), Republic Cement Mindanao, Inc. (RCMI), Republic Cement Iligan, Inc. (RCII), and MCCI Corporation.

On September 26, 2018, the SGAT submitted its Result of Assessment disclosing significant manifestation of potential geologic hazards in the active quarry area of MCCI Corporation in Barangay Kiwalan, Iligan City.  The geologic hazards were found to pose imminent threat to the adjacent communities due to potential landslide/rockfall.  For this reason, the temporary suspension order issued to MCCI Corporation was not lifted.   Thereafter, MCCI Corporation submitted to MGB-X a Safety and Geohazard Risk Mitigation Plan which includes the following: 1) relocation of the nearby affected communities; 2) submission of a Quarry Development Plan, incorporating Safety and Geohazard Information; and 3) close monitoring of potential geohazards.

On February 27, 2019, MGB-X issued a Notice to Proceed to MCCI Corporation to immediately implement the company’s Risk Mitigation Plan.

On April 15, 2019, the MGB-X Safety and Geohazard Assessment Team submitted a Validation/Verification Report on the status of implementation of the Company’s Risk Mitigation Plan and concluded that the imminent threat brought about by the potential geologic hazards had already been mitigated with the relocation of the communities and the on-going implementation of the quarry rehabilitation, and recommended for the lifting of the Suspension Order.

On April 16, 2019, MGB Director, Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano, issued a Memorandum entitled, “Clearance to Lift the Suspension of Quarry Operations” of MCCI Corp. under MPSA No. 105-98-XII.

Finally, on April 24, 2019, MGB-X Regional Director, Engr. Rex S. Monsanto, issued the Order formally lifting the Suspension Order.

The occasion was witnessed by officials and representatives of MCCI Corp, RCII, and LGU-Iligan City.

The end of First Quarter 2019 saw several Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-related activities actively participated by this Regional Office. On March 25, 2019, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-X Committee on Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, under the Vice-Chairmanship of the Department of Science and Technology-X, was held at the DOST-X Conference Room, Cagayan de Oro City. Continue reading »

Tropical Depression”Chedeng”

Tropical Cyclone: WARNING

Issued at 05:00 am, 18 March 2019

(Valid for broadcast until the next bulletin to be issued at 11:00 am today.)


  • Scattered to at times widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Norte today (18 March) and in most parts of Mindanao tomorrow (19 March). The disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned and residents of these areas, especially those living in areas identified to be at high risk of flooding or landslide, are advised to undertake necessary preparations and continue monitoring for updates.
  • Those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao, as well as the seaboards of areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS).
  • This tropical depression may make landfall over the eastern coast of Davao Oriental tomorrow (19 March) morning. Continue reading »

The DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Lands Geological Survey Division, headed by OIC-Chief, Mr. Antonio Apostol, organized the 2019 Geoscience Workshop on February 18 to 22.  DENR-MGB, Region III hosted this year’s workshop in Clark, Pampanga.

The first day included a presentation on Geopark by Ms. Liza Socorro Manzano, Supervising Science Research Specialist, MGB-Central Office, and on Laboratory Matters by Ms. Jocelyn Villanueva, Senior Science Research Specialist, MGB-Central Office.  The second day opened with a talk on Geodatabase by Ms. Carleen Joy Gatdula, Senior Science Research Specialist, MGB-Central Office.  After this, breakout sessions were held for  the next two days of the workshop and facilitated by the following: Geologic Quadrangle Mapping Workshop by Dr. Maybellin Zepeda, Supervising Geologist, MGB-Central Office; Groundwater Resource Assessment by Mr. Aniano Torres, Supervising Science Research Specialist, MGB-Central Office; Updating 1:10,000 scale Geohazard Maps, on Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, and on Information, Education and Communication by Mr. Salvio Laserna, Supervising Science Research Specialist, MGB-Central Office; Mineral Reservation Program by Mr. Raymundo Villones, Supervising Science Research Specialist, MGB-Central Office; PDRA by Mr. Carl Reiner Padua, Geologist, MGB-Central Office; and Subsidence Hazard Assessment by Ms. Manzano. Continue reading »

DENR-MGB-X Chief Geologist Osin Sinsuat, Jr. gave a presentation on the understanding of the rain-induced landslide and flood susceptibility maps during the DENR-X Regional Management Conference held at the DENR-X Conference Room on January 14, 2019.  The participants included regional and field officials led by DENR-X Regional Executive Director Arleigh Adorable

and DENR-MGB-X Regional Director Rex Monsanto.  This was followed by a presentation on the downloading of the 1:10,000 scale rain-induced landslide and flood susceptibility maps by IT Specialist Ramon Hong, Jr.

The PENROs and the CENROs in Region-X have earlier been provided copies of the DENR-MGB-X rain-induced landslide and flood susceptible maps of their respective areas of jurisdiction.


ISSUED AT: 4:00 AM 20 January 2019

VALID BEGINNING: 4:00 AM Today until 4:00 AM Tomorrow

SYNOPSIS: At 3:00 AM today, the Tropical Depression AMANG was estimated based on all available data at 495 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (7.9°N, 130.8°E)”with maximum sustained winds of  45km/hr near the center and gustiness up to 60 km/hr. It is moving North Northeast at 15km/hr. Northeast Monsoon affecting Luzon.

CARAGA and provinces of Camiguin will experienced rains with gusty winds due to Tropical Depression “AMANG”. The rest of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to TD “Amang”. The eastern sec

tions of Mindanao will have strong winds coming from the Northeast with rough seas. Elsewhere, moderate winds from Northeast will prevail with moderate to rough seas.

Ang CARAGA ug probinsya sa Camiguin makasinati sa mga pag-ulan ug kalit nga pag-kusog sa hangin TD “Amang”. Ang ubang parte sa Mindanao makasinati sa mapanganuron nga kalangitan inubanan katag-katag nga pag ulan ug pagpanalugdog tungod kini saTD “Amang” Ang silangang bahin sa Mindanao makasinati sa kusog nga hangin gikan sa Amihanang Silangang direksyon ug ang kadagatan niining mga dapita, kusog ang pagbalud. Sa ubang dapit sa Mindanao, kasarangan nga hangin gikan sa Amihanang Silangang direksyon ug kasarangan ngadto nasa kusog ang balud sa kadagatan.


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