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  • Mining cluster industry in Region XII launches jewelry development project

    On October 18, 2012 the Tribal Mining Corp (TMC) launched a jewelry development project in Tboli, South Cotabato. This project was recognized by the Regional Development Council (RDC) as among the approaches to create more jobs and boost regional development. This jewelry making project will train for 15 days, 20 apprentices selected and recommended by their barangay captains coming from Brgys. Kematu, Edwards, Desawo and Poblacion. Successful individual will make jewelry made of gold and silver like earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces.”This jewelry making project in Tboli is first, thus will help boost our tourism  value adding of mineral product, and create employment opportunities in the region “, said MGB Regional Director Constancio A. Paye, Jr. “This project will bring a big uplift for the community development, additional livelihood and income of the community,” he added. Read More

  • MGB XII PRESENTS EO 79 TO SP SARANGANI

    The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region XII presents the newly issued Executive Order No. 79 entitledInstitutionalizing and Implementing Reforms in the Philippine Mining Sector Providing Policies and Guidelines to Ensure Environmental Protection and Responsible Mining in the Utilization of Mineral Resourcessigned by the President on July 6 to the members of the board of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the province of Sarangani during the 37th SP session on October 16, 2012. Read More

  • Mineral industry lauds 34 news metallurgical engineers

     

    Koronadal City - DENR XII employees visited the mine site of TMC-Tribal Mining Corporation recently. There were 32 employees coming from DENR XII, PENROs Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat and CENROs General Santos City, Banga and Tacurong who participated the mine site visit. The purpose of this visit is for the employees to be educated on what are the different mining activities TMC are doing. This activity is one of the highlights of the 25nd DENR Foundation Anniversary which enable participants to actively involve in the advocacy of responsible mining for sustainable development.

    The learning visit started with the orientation of the company’s profile and update on their on-going environmental protection and environmental program including TMC’s involvement in the Provincial Riparian Revegetation Program of South Cotabato at SARS Garden Resort, Poblacion, Tboli,South Cotabato. The involvement of the company in some local communities’ infrastructure development, education and social development were also presented. Hon. Juen Fagalas, the  brgy captain of Desawo, Tboli, South Cotabato gladly welcomed the visitors while Engr. Hernani G. Abdon of MGB XII acknowledged everyone’s presence.

    After taking some picturesque spot,  the group started to look at the MAFOKO underground drain tunnel up to 1,000 meters more or less distance from the  portal. Engr. Warlito Abaga and some technical personnel of TMC assisted and answered some queries of some curious personnel. They explained the mining activity in its underground exploration to determine mineral potentials for gold and silver.

    After the tunnel adventure the group also dropped by TMC’s nursery station to see some tree species being propagated for the riparian project.TMC serves as adapter for planting bamboos within the 4 (four)-kilometer stretch along the Kematu River as part of  Allah Valley Landscape Development Administration (AVLDA). Engr. Doby Bansil said that presently they are now propagating different species of hard wood and fruit bearing trees. This year’s theme Green Economy: Does it Include You” and other significant theme to mark the 25th anniversary theme “Living Green: The DENR and 25 years of Protecting the Philippines Natural Wealth”.

  • Mining industry cluster visits Holcim Cement: An open-pit mining within the urban area of Davao City

     

    The Mines and Geosciences Bureau RXII Regional Director Constancio A. Paye Jr. spearheaded the mine visit at Holcim Cement, Ilang, Davao City on August 10, 2012. The purpose of the visit is to see and observe for themselves Holcim’s environmental protection and progressive rehabilitation of mine-out areas, community development projects, information, education and communication (IEC) campaign, final mine rehabilitation and decommissioning plan and most especially the conduct of open-pit mining within the urban area of Davao City.

    There were 44 representatives coming from the different large scale mining companies within the region, PMRB members of South Cotabato and Sarangani   as well  as MENROs of South Cotabato LGUs and partner agencies , NEDA XII, DTI-South Cotabato and MGB XII were gladly welcomed by Holcim Cement Vice President Plant Manager Engr. Joseph A. Bernal at Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. The morning session was devoted to project presentation and orientation while the actual mine tour was conducted in the afternoon.

    Technical personnel of Holcim openly divulged their secret in dealing with the community especially on the employment, benefits, revenue and other related benefits they shared with the local government. According to Ms. Base M. Devilleres, Holcim CSR Officer,”built up project and capitalization of the bigasan as livelihood with the community will not be returned to Holcim, but instead, it will re-flow to another identified community.”The activity also opened a discussion on their different community engagements, IEC campaigns, employment, and livelihood programs. Their management introduced the contour farming to some IPs in Davao. They consistently are being awarded as one of the top 10 taxpayers in Davao City.

    Engr. Cilor P. Guevarra, MCAS Manager toured the group at their open-pit limestone mining area. The visit made the participants aware of the environmental management programs and the progressive mine rehabilitation programs being undertaken by Holcim Cement. The open-pit mining within the city of Davao is much in awe and surprise of the participants. There were questions on how they managed in their operations and the answer is “responsible mining towards sustainable development.” People have seen and felt the progress ,and as long as we need cement, and as long as nature provides we will mine the project area”, Engr. Guevarra said.

     

  • MGB RO XII conducts mining forum to inter-evangelical Christian community of South Cotabato

    The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII in partnership with Coalition for Responsible Mining in Mindanao (COREMin2) and SOCCSKSARGEN Responsible Miners Association (SRMA), with the support of Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) conducted a mining forum with the inter-evangelical Christian community of South Cotabato on May 19, 2012 at Cinco Ninas Convention Hall, Koronadal City. More than 200 participants from the Christian and Missionary Churches of the Philippines (CAMACOP), Baptist church, Jesus is Lord, Lord Jesus Our Redeemer, Assembly of God and other evangelical groups came.READ MORE

  • MGB holds Mining Industry Cluster meeting

    The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) RXII held an Industry Cluster meeting on July 25, 2012 at The Farm, Carpenter Hill,Koronadal City. One of the main agenda that were discussed, the Briefing on Executive Order (EO) No. 79, “Institutionalizing and Implementing Reforms in the Philippine Mining Sector, Providing Policies and Guidelines to Ensure Environmental Protection and Responsible Mining in the Utilization of Mineral Resources”. MGBXII Regional Director Constancio A. Paye,Jr.  discussed some detail of EO and shed light on the industry’s concerns relating thereto. Read More

  • DENR XII employees visit TMC mine site

    Koronadal City - DENR XII employees visited the mine site of TMC-Tribal Mining Corporation recently. There were 32 employees coming from DENR XII, PENROs Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat and CENROs General Santos City, Banga and Tacurong who participated the mine site visit. The purpose of this visit is for the employees to be educated on what are the different mining activities TMC are doing. This activity is one of the highlights of the 25nd DENR Foundation Anniversary which enable participants to actively involve in the advocacy of responsible mining for sustainable development. READ MORE

  • Highly mineralized lands like Tampakan best left to mining — geologist

    MANILA, Philippines - The Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) on Monday agreed to revise several sections of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the government's mining policy. This comes after the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines threatened to file a case against the government over Section 9 of the IRR which it described as "patently illegal." Read more...

  • Philex Mining Corporation seals leak but operations remain suspended

    BAGUIO CITY, Oct 8 (PIA) -- Even as the Philex Mining Corporation in Padcal, Itogon, Benguet has already stopped the sediment flow from the damaged Tailings Pond 3, operations remain suspended and the company is facing another fine and the possible suspension or cancellation of its environmental compliance certificate (ECC). Last week, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) reported to the Sangguniang Bayan of Itogon that the Philex Mines has already sealed the damaged portions of the Tailings Pond 3 that leaked sediments since August 1. But the suspension of operations remain, according to Felizardo Gacad Jr. MGB-CAR Mine Safety and Environment Division chief engineer. Read more...

  • MGB conducts Seminar - Workshop for Panel of Arbitrators

    In an effort to enhance and upgrade the knowledge, competence and skills of the members of the Regional Panels of Arbitrators (RPAs), the Mines and Geosciences Bureau organized the first “Mines Adjudication Board and Panel of Arbitrators’ Seminar-Workshop on Mining Conflict Dispute Resolution” held at the Torre Venezia Suites in Quezon City on September 26-28, 2012.

  • Metal output value remains lackluster in H1 2012

    Total metallic mineral production value remained lackluster during the first semester of 2012 despite the stellar performance of nickel.  Output value went down by 26% to PhP51.21 billion from PhP69.24 billion a year ago, or a difference of PhP18.03 billion.  The substantial drop in the gold purchases of Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (BSP) from small-scale miners/traders was the telling factor for the sluggish performance.