- Published on Monday, 22 August 2016 07:01
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.
- Published on Monday, 08 August 2016 02:35
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.
- Published on Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:09
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.
- Published on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 05:34
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.
- Published on Monday, 27 June 2016 14:18
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