The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-X held the National Disaster Resilience Month 2018 Culmination Program and Gawad KALASAG Awarding Ceremony at the Grand Caprice Restaurant, Cagayan de Oro City on 2018. July 31.  Cagayan de Oro City Mayor, Hon. Oscar S. Moreno, was the guest of honor.

Photo, left: Cagayan de Oro City Mayor, Hon. Oscar S. Moreno, second from right; Dir. Rosauro Arnel Q. Gonzales, Jr., Regional Director, OCD-X and Chairperson, RDRRMC-X, third from right; Allan A. Porcadilla, CDRRMO, Cagayan de Oro, fourth from right.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region X received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council-X during the occasion.

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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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Regional Director Rex Monsanto and his staff – Chief Geologist Osin Sinsuat, Jr., Chief Administrative Officer Jerome Ventic, and Planning Officer Gay Callanta participated in the two-day Conference and Planning Workshop for the Sub-Committee on Land Resource Management’s Approved Programs, Projects and Activities under Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) held in Cagayan de Oro City on 2018. June 5 and 6.  The activity was chaired by DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations – Mindanao Atty. Michelle Go.  Military officials were also in attendance.  Continue reading »

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. X joined the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on 2018. June 21.  The NSED was organized by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The drill started at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.  Participants performed the duck, cover and hold right after hearing a 60-second siren.  After the siren, the participants proceeded to the designated evacuation center.

The 2nd quarter NSED has the objective to test the community preparedness efforts, synergize and synchronize efforts towards supporting the effective implementation of both the National and Regional Disaster Response Plan.

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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All too often, technical report writing is loaded with unintelligible jargons, graphs and charts making it incomprehensible to most readers.  Sometimes reports fail to convey its real message either for the lack or overload of words.  Hence, a two-day seminar workshop on Technical Report Writing was conducted last May 24-25, 2018 at the VIP Hotel this city and was participated in by both non-technical and technical personnel of the Regional Office.

The two-day workshop provides learners with the knowledge to make professional writing more direct, informative, and concise for intended audiences.  Salvador C. dela Peña, Ph.D, Chairperson of the Department of Languages, Literature and Performing Arts of Liceo de Cagayan University provided scholarly inputs highlighting grammar correctness. Continue reading »

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.

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