In line with the celebration of the National Women’s Month,   some personnel of Mines and Geosciences Bureau R-III Gender and Development Focal System, together with the representatives of  different National Government Agencies  in Central Luzon,  attended the Regional Launching of  “The Healthy Women, Healthy Economies (HWHE) Initiative” at the Department of Health  Regional Office in Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga on March 8, 2017.

DOH  Assistanct Secretary  Dr. Leonita P. Gorgolon gave an inspirational  message to the participants while Dr  Janet T. Miclat, Medical Officer III of DOH R-III,  discussed  the rationale and objectives of  “The Healthy Women, Healthy Economies (HWHE) Initiative.“ Dr. J.T. Miclat also mentioned that the HWHE is  an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) initiative that seeks to enhance women’s economic participation by improving women’s health. The  HWHE Polity Toolkit focuses on  five (5) buckets/categories namely: 1) Workplace Health and Safety, 2) Health Awareness and Access, 3) Sexual and Reproductive Health, 4) Gender-Based Violence, and 5) Work/Life Balance.

In January 2016, the Region III was chosen to be the pilot site for its implementation wherein twelve (12) private companies agreed to participate. These companies conducted self-assessment and were validated last July 2016. They were continuously given technical assistance on the DOH programs, thus encouraging them to improve the current programs offered for the women in their workplaces.

Other guests invited in the said activity were Dr. Maria Clemencita D. Dobles , Health and Safety Division Manager, Clark Development Corporation  and Mr. Rolanto T. Zafra, Safety Officer, La Rose Noire Philippines, Inc .

In addition to the orientation, the DOH also provided some  health services like blood typing, HIV counselling and testing, blood pressure taking, and random blood sugar monitoring to the participants during the said  launching.


Orientation on Slope Protection


Photo shows Mr. Ric Cariaga, Technical and Marketing Executive of Rebtrade International Corporation, introducing  to  Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region III personnel   the TECCO/Spider Systems  being offered by their company ,  which can be  applied for  sustainable slope stabilization .

According to Mr R. Cariaga, the TECCO/Spider Systems are made of high-tensile steel wires that can stabilize any kind of slope problems, whether it consists of rock or loose soil. They are now being  used in different areas  here in Philippines particularly  in those areas having  landslide problems.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources  Secretary Regina L.  Lopez  released  on  February 2, 2017,  the final list of Mining Audit  Report. 

The  list  shows 23  mining firms facing closure while five  others  are facing suspension. Those  facing closure are Benguet Corporation in  Benguet,  Ore Asia Mining and Development Corporation in Bulacan,   Benguet CorpNickel Mines,Inc., Eramen Minerals,Inc., Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation  and LNL Archipelago Minerals,Inc., in Zambales Province,  Mt. Sinai Mining Exploration and DevelopmentCorp., Emir Minerals Corp. and TechIron Mineral Resources,Inc., in  Homonhon, Samar. 

In Dinagat Islands,   there are seven mining companies included in the list. These are the AAMPHILNatural Resources Exploration and Devt. Corp, Kromico,Inc., SinoSteel Philippines, H.Y. MiningCorp.Oriental Synergy Mining Corporation, Wellex MiningCorporation, Libjo MiningCorp.Oriental Vision MiningPhils. Corp.

In Surigao Del Norte, there are also seven mining companies facing closure. They are   ADNAMA  MiningResources,Inc.., Claver Mineral Development Corp., Platinum Development Corp., CTP Construction and Mining Corp,Carrascal Nickel Corp., Marcventures  Mining and Development Corp. and  Hinatuan MiningCorporation

The DENR also suspended  the operations of  five mining companies:   Berong  Nickel Corp.,Citinickel Mines and Development Corp., Lepanto Consolidated MiningCorp., OceanaGold Phils., and Strong Built Mining Development Corporation.

As part of her commitment to keep the country's watersheds off-limits to destructive mining, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez announced on Tuesday that 75 mineral production sharing agreements (MPSA) for mining sites that are within watershed areas face cancellation.

Lopez said show cause orders have been issued to mining companies to allow them to explain why their MPSAs should not be cancelled for threatening watersheds, which are a major source of drinking and recreational water for many communities.

The said MPSA holders have 7 days from receipt of the show cause orders to reply, she said.

Last week, Lopez ordered the closure of 23 mining operations found to have committed serious environmental violations during the industry-wide audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) since July last year. Fifteen of these mines are operating within watershed areas.

Of the 75 MPSAs issued show cause orders, 27 are in Luzon, 11 in Visayas and 37 in Mindanao.

Lopez was quick to clarify that the impending cancellation would not result in job losses because "these are non-operating mines."

Lopez said her decision is backed by the provisions of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, which gives the DENR the power to regulate and make decisions pertaining to watersheds.

"This is to show you that whatever dictum I make on watersheds, this is in fact protected by the Mining Act of 1995 which says that we must enhance national growth in a way that effectively safeguards the environment and protects the right of the affected communities," Lopez explained.

The law, she added, provides that the DENR "shall adhere to a sustainable development principle which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs with the view of improving the total quality of life both now and in the future."

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) conducted the Annual  Geosciences Workshop  on January 16-20, 2017 at Lima Park Hotel, Malvar, Batangas.

The workshop gathered all geologists  from MGB Central and Regional Offices, and focused on the different activities of the Geosciences Division,which include the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Program,  Information, Education and Communication  Campaign, Subsidence Hazard Assessment, Groundwater Resource Assessment and Geologic Quadrangle Mapping.

Ms. Lilian A. Rollan, MGB CO  Chief Geologist, discussed with the participants some guidelines in accomplishing their targets.  MGB Region IV-B Regional Director Samuel T. Paragas also graced the occasion.

MGB Region –III  Chief Geologist Noel B. Lacadin , Supervising Geologists Clarissa G. Villanueva, Ma. Lourdes M. Cruz, and Ma. Teresa I. Coching , and Senior Geologist Rowena B. Margallo attended the said workshop.