The MGB R-III, in  its effort to enhance the awareness of local government units, conducted an Information , Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign on Geohazard in   the municipalities of Aurora, namely, San Luis,  Dipaculao, and  Baler, on July 4-6 and  in  Dilasag, Dinalungan, and Maria Aurora  on August 1-5, 2016.

Supervising Geologist  Lourdes M. Cruz and Senior Geologist Rowena B. Margallo lectured on the  “Rain-induced Landslides and Flooding,” and gave instructions on  how to read and interpret a geohazard map.

The said IEC were regularly attended by the  Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers, Municipal Planning and Development Officers, and some municipal  and barangay officials concerned

In addition to presentation of lectures, the IEC team also  distributed   the 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps to the barangay  chairpersons’ concerned   for their reference.


President Rodrigo R.  Duterte  issued  Presidential Directive No. 002,  dated July 26, 2016 , designating Mr. Mario Luis J. Jacinto as Director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in concurrent capacity corollary to his appointment  as the Undersecretary  at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

As MGB Director, he shall perform the functions as  provided in the Philippine  Mining Act and all other laws, rules, and regulations. He shall also have  the authority and supervision over the organization and operations of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) for the purpose of overseeing the effective and successful implementation of its programs, activities and projects.

Mr. Mario L. Jacinto  shall also  assist the DENR Secretary by ensuring that all actions pertaining to permits, clearances, certificates, personnel recruitment, movement, and appointments relating to MGB and EMB functions that are authorized to be signed, issued by, or delegated to the DENR Secretary, are thoroughly reviewed and evaluated by his office for consideration  and final disposition of the DENR Secretary.

Mining Firms in Zambales Suspended

            The  Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and Environmental Management Bureau in Region  III  issued a joint suspension order against two  mining companies operating in the Province of Zambales.

            The  companies under the said suspension order  were BenguetCorp Nickel Mines Inc. and  Zambales Diversified Metals Corporations..

 MGB R-III OIC, Regional Director Lope O. Cariño, Jr. said that the suspension order against the said mining companies  was in view of the  following:  1) Writ of Kalikasan issued by the Supreme Court in the case filed by the  Concerned Citizens of Santa Cruz, Zambales against the mining operations  of the said companies in the Province of Zambales for various alleged environmental crimes, 2) the pronounced Executive Order No. 01 issued by the Provincial Government of Zambales suspending the mining operations in the said Province in view of violations of the mining and environmental laws and  3) the continuing complaints of various groups against the alleged adverse environmental impacts of the said mining operations.

            The suspension order  stated among others “ In orderto ensure that the environment, particularly the communities, farmlands and water bodies,  are not in any way compromised as a result of the mining operations pursuant to the pertinent mining and environmental laws, your operations in Sta. Cruz, Zambales are hereby suspended immediately.”

             Said  mining companies are also ordered to comply with the following conditions:  the issues arising from the tree-cutting and earthballing operations shall be fully addressed,  the construction of an exclusive mine haul road shall be completed, all mined-out and open areas shall be fully rehabilitated and the Final Mine Rehabilitation/Decommissioning Funds shall be fully deposited, all farmland, fishponds and water bodies adversely affected by the mining operations shall be rehabilitated and the owners concerned duly compensated, and all damaged portions of roads due to the hauling operations shall be fully repaired.

             RD L. O. Cariño, Jr. also said that  an audit of the mining operations shall be undertaken by  the DENR Mine Audit Team to determine compliance with the mining and environmental laws.

Holcim Conducts Youth Camp 2016

Holcim – Bulacan Plant, in partnership  with DENR EMB R-III conducted recently Environmental Youth Camp at the  Greenery in Baliuag, Bulacan. There were 41 youth participants from the secondary and tertiary level  in the Municipalities  of Norzagaray and Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan. With the theme “ Go Wild for Life, Combat Biodiversity Loss,” facilitators from EMB R-III presented  lectures on the important role of Biodiversity in the sustainability of our ecosystems and our everyday lives.

Holcim’s  physician   discussed about HIV/AIDS . His lectures gave the participants  the proper awareness on the dreaded diseases while the lectures/demonstration on Emergency Response like  “First Aid with CPR” equipped the participants with the know how in emergency situations that may happen on their day to day activities.  

Mr. Chester Palad ,Holcim’s  safety officer , focused on the Safety Tips that  can be used in schools and houses. One of the important parts of the presentation was  the actual demonstration on the correct usage of portable fire extinguisher

There were also fun activities in the camp from setting up the tents to outdoor games. The participants were divided into  four groups where in each group has to establish an “identity” with the Environment protection as its core values.  The outdoor games created camaraderie with each participants,  learning the concept of unity and team work. Other participants also gained self-confidence throughout the camp. The teams and some individuals received awards based on the result of the activities.

In the  closing ceremony,  Holcim's Environment Officer  stressed the importance of Responsible Mining to all participants of Youth Camp 2016.

MGB R-III And Mining Companies Join Arbor Day Celebration in Bulacan

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region III and the mining companies in Bulacan joined the  Provincial and Community Environment Offices, Local Government Units (LGUs)  and other organizations in celebrating  Arbor Day  on June 25, 2016.

A short program started the activity with Celia D. Esteban, Bulacan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Roger V. Encarnacion, Tabang Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer, and Federico Cruz, Chairman of Barangay San Mateo welcoming the participants.

Representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways, MGB R-III, Bureau of Fire and Protection, Mason Bulacan Chapter and Norzagaray Environment and Natural Resources Officer also shared some inspirational messages during the program.

The group then proceeded in Suha, San Mateo, Norzagaray, Bulacan. and planted around 2,000 Narra tree seedlings.

Arbor Day is being celebrated  every June 25 of the year, in line with Republic Act No. 10176 “ An Act Reviving the Observance of Arbor Day By Authorizing the Local Government Units the Responsibilities for Celebrating the Day for Tree Planting as and Annual Event, ” where it  recognizes  the vital role and importance of trees in ecological stability and the need for a collaborated effort between the State and its citizenry to combat the loss of our natural resources and rejuvenate our environment by undertaking nationwide tree planting activities and providing effective measures for their maintenance and sustainability.

The mining companies that joined in  the said event were  Eagle Cement Corporation, Ore Asia Mining and Development Corporation,  Republic Cement and Building Materials Inc. – Bulacan and Norzagaray Plant,  Holcim Philippines, Inc. Bulacan Plant and  Luzon Continental Land Corporation 

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