The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. X hosted the 4-day 3rd Management Conference last June 24-27, 2019 held at the N Hotel, Kauswagan Highway, Cagayan de Oro City. The conference was a convergence of MBG Directors and the different Division Chiefs from the MGB Central Office respectively.



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Engineer Daniel S. Belderol, Officer-In-Charge of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-X addresses varied issues and concerns relative to the levelling-off on the different Procedures and Process flow of Locally issued Permits in Region X.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau X hosted a one day activity geared towards the Levelling-Off on the Procedures/Process Flow of Locally-Issued Permits last July 22, 2019.  It was attended by twenty seven (27) participants representing the five Provinces of Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental and Camiguin, including the two (2) chartered Cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

The said activity was anchored on the primary objective of proposing and attaining a standardized process flow of locally-issued permits for a systematic and uniform process based on a consolidated standard process flow. Currently, the different local government units do not follow a single process flow in the issuance of permits. Continue reading »

Participants in the basic users class learning how to generate surfaces from point data.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Central Office in cooperation with Paramina Earth Technologies, Inc. conducted a 12-day workshop covering the fundamentals up to the more advance applications of the Geovia Surpac geology and mine planning software. Two representatives per regional office took part in the course and were trained separately in beginner and advanced user parallel sessions.  MGB-X participants included Lea Therese N. Bondad, Supervising Geologist, and Brenz Ryan B. Bautista, Geologist-II.

A hands-on foundation course was covered for the first few days of the basic users class. It is composed of an introduction to the concepts and actions that will allow the user to perform basic functions in the software and involves understanding the Surpac interface as well as the Surpac data types, concepts and file structure. Data management and displaying procedures were also incorporated in the initial lecture. Succeeding lectures encompass the creation and modification of new points, lines, surfaces and solids together with calculating volumes for and validating the created solids. Geology-centric lectures immediately followed the foundation course and consist of software functions necessary for basic resource estimation, which include creation of geological databases, basic block model creation/manipulation and block model reporting. The last lectures deal with advanced geological data analysis through Surpac, resource estimation methods and limited geostatistics. Continue reading »

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.

A new set of the National Mines and Geosciences   Bureau Employees Association  (MGBEA) was elected and inducted during the 16th MGBEA National Convention  and 7th MGBEA National Congress last April 22 – 25, 2019 held at the Microtel , UP Techno Hub, Quezon City.

The 16th MGBEA National Convention and 7th National Congress were participated by Mines and Geosciences Bureau employees from both  National and Regional Chapters.

The Officers are: President – Dr. Maybellyn A.   Zepeda  - (Central Office); Vice President – Engr. Roel  A. Collado – (Region l); Internal Affairs Vice President (Luzon – Engr. Danilo  A. Fernandez – (Region lll); Internal Affairs Vice President  (Visayas) – Engr. Lucius  P. Sucgang – (Region Vl); Internal Affairs Vice President (Mindanao) – Emma Deverala – (Region lX); Secretary General – Gina Flor Resubal – (Central Office); Press Relation Officer – Mary Jossel Dispo –(Region X); Assistant Secretary General – Danilo Octaviano – Central Office); Assistant Press Relation Officer – Engr. Samuel Guadalupe – (Region Xl); Auditor – Edwin Buendia – (Region ll); Assistant Audtor – Caidar Sambarani – (Region Xll); National Council Officers – Romeo Patalinghug  - (Region Xlll), Engr. Theodore Rommel E. Pestaño – (Central Office), Jose P. Azarcon, Jr.  –  (Central Office) and Ariel Villanueva  - (Central office)

The new set of Officers were inducted by  Mines  and Geosciens Bureau, Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano last    April 24, 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”.

Courtesy call on CCC President and Chief Executive Officer Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda

On April 16, 2019, representatives of MGB Regional Office No. X participated on the Benchmarking activity of Holcim Resources Development Corporation (HRDC) to compare the company’s processes and performance to Carmen Copper Corporation’s best practices in Toledo City, Cebu. The said activity was participated by respective personnel from Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 10, Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Region X, Environmental Management Bureau- Region X and Local Government Units of Lugait, Misamis Oriental and Iligan City.  Various efforts of CCC were visited to gain insights and appreciate the company’s initiatives on environmental protection and enhancement, social development and management, MRFC and MMT operations, and reforestation of mined-out areas being employed to foster responsible mining. Continue reading »

MGB X Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto (seated 2nd from left) signing the Mineral Processing Permit (MPP) issued to Animas Bros. Construction Corporation represented By Vice Mayor, Honorable Emilou M. Animas (seated 3rd from left).

This Mineral Processing permit issued last April 2, 2019 denominated as MPP No. 2019-05-X is the first MPP approved by MGB X for the Year 2019 with Crushing Plant located in Brgy. Dioyo, Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental.  Commodity for the said MPP is sand and gravel and other aggregates with a total capacity of 120,000 metric tons per year based on their  Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued by the Environmental Management Bureau X.

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