As part of this Office’s aim in the streamlining of locally issued Quarry and Sand and Gravel Permits and continuing empowerment of LGUs devolve function,the Capability Building for Local Government Units on the Review and Evaluation of the Requirements for the Issuance of Commercial Sand and Gravel (CSAG) Permit was conducted last August 19, 2019 at Grand Caprice Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. This activity was also inclined in the Office’s commitment on providing technical assistance to LGUs and continuing objective on advocating improved, systematic, efficient and effective processing and issuance of the said locally issued permit. It was participated by the technical personnel of LGUs involve in implementing Mining laws, rules and regulations specifically the ENROs/BENRO/CLENRO/CEMO.

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DOST-PHIVOLCS recently held a training on “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning, and Emergency Preparedness through the use of the REDAS Software for the West Mindanao Local Government Units”. The week-long training was held in Cagayan de Oro City from July 22 to 27, 2019.

The participants included mainly Planning Officers and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers from 11 provinces, 8 cities, and 7 municipalities in western Mindanao. MGB-X Chief Geologist Osin A. Sinsuat, Jr. joined the training as resource speaker on the DENR-MGB National Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Program on July 25, 2019.

As Republic Act 10121 prescribes, all government offices are mandated to conduct a quarterly earthquake drill and exercise. Hence, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. X executed the required activities for its 2nd Quarter earthquake drill and exercise last August 8, 2019.

With the primary aim of preparing for the occurrence of an earthquake, the drill provides a timely exercise and for each personnel to be acquainted on appropriate response when an actual earthquake will occur. Continue reading »

In a jubilant installation ceremony last 20 August 2019, Engr. Efren B. Carido now heads the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. X workforce with no less than Director Wilfredo G. Moncano installing him as OIC, Regional Director pursuant to DENR Special Order No. 2019-556 dated August 8, 2019 and signed by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu. Witnessed by MGB-X personnel and some DENR-X officials, RD Carido received the banner handed to him by Engr. Daniel S. Belderol symbolizing the turn-over of responsibilities as the new head of MGB-X.

In his acceptance speech, RD Carido said that he positively feels at home with MGB-X. Further on his speech, he clearly laid down concrete directions to where he wants to steer MGB-X to. He has clear directions and plans for each division such as the need to capacitate the LGUs in the processing of locally issued permits like CSAG. He wants MSESDD to create linkage with the academe in its efforts to intensify IEC campaign and help change the negative views on mining. Continue reading »

The month of July is National Disaster Resilience Month in the country by virtue of Executive Order No. 29 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 28, 2017.  Formerly called National Disaster Consciousness Month, the observance was renamed to NDRM to highlight the shift from disaster awareness building to disaster resilience.The 2019 National Disaster Resilience Month was observed with the theme, “Kahandaan sa Sakuna’t Peligro para sa Tunay na Pagbabago”.The 2019 NDRM observance opened with a fun run activity dubbed R4R: Run for Resilience, during the Launching Ceremony on July 1, 2019 at 5:00 a.m. at Kiosko Kagawasan, Cagayan de Oro City.On July 29, 2019, a Disaster Resilience Forum was held at N Hotel, Kauswagan Highway, Cagayan de Oro City.The forum was participated by representatives from regional government agencies and local government units. Continue reading »

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 »

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