MGB HOLDS MEDIA FORUM. A Media Forum organized by the Synchronized Information, Communication and Education Team of the different mining companies in coordination with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau was held on July 5, 2016 at the MGB Conference Hall in Diego Silang Street, Baguio City. More than 30 media practitioners from all the major dailies, radio and TV stations in Baguio City attended the activity. The forum panel was composed of MGB OIC Regional Director, Fay W. Apil, DENR-CAR Regional Director, Ralph C. Pablo, EMB OIC Regional Director, Reynaldo S. Digamo, Eddie S. Borromeo, Assistant to the Resident Manager, Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company, Eduardo M. Aratas, Legal Division Manager of Philex Mining Corporation and Froilan Roger Lawilao, Administrative Manager of Benguet Corporation. [click on photo for more]
SDMP INFRA TURN-OVER. Outgoing Camp 3, Tuba, Benguet, Barangay Captain Benny Baliton, 5th from right, and six (6) of his Kagawads accepted the two (2) replicas of the infrastructure projects implemented in his area which were turned-over by Philex Mining Corporation-Padcal Operation to the community under its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP). The first replica, first photo, represented the PhP6M electrification of Torre, Alang, Camait, Alapang, Kimmabab and Balayan which currently benefits 31 households. The second replica, second photo, represented the PhP6.2M worth of 6.39 meters concreted road from Kimmabab to Balayan for the use of 3,120 residents. Stakeholder-representatives who participated during the occasion were MGB-CAR, 4th from right; Camp 3 community representatives and elders; and the Office of Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan. The Philex group was headed by a corporate officer from the Makati Office, Jomar Pritos, together with Padcal COMREL Staff, Mherdad Jamal Agustin and Clarence Rosado.
ORIENTATION ON MINING LAWS AND REGULATIONS AND DEPUTATION. Pictures of PNP Officers from PRO-COR, Benguet and the Municipalities of Itogon and Tuba with technical personnel of MGB-CAR and BENRO of Benguet Province during orientation forum on the Deputation of PNP Officers as Anti- illegal mining Officers: April 26, 2016 at Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Benguet. Sitting from left Atty. Francis Bilog MGB-CAR Legal Officer, PSSUPT Donato O. Bacquian, Deputy Regional Director for Operation PROCOR and Atty. PSUPT Ronald T. Laoyan, Legal Officer PROCOR.
PUSONG PHILEX SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (SY 2014-2015). Philex Mining Corporation (PMC) located in Padcal, Tuba, Benguet has 102 Indigenous People (IP) student beneficiaries funded by the Social Development and Management Program for SY 2014-2015. They belong to the Ibaloi tribe (53), the Kalanguya tribe (48) and the Kankana-ey tribe (1). Before the SDMP was implemented in CY 2003, PMC has provided scholarhip grants to the IPs in the community. From SY2002-2012, the company has 134 scholars who graduated from the different Colleges and Universities in Baguio City and in Benguet Province. The student scholars came from the host and neighboring communities of barangay Ampucao in Itogon, Benguet and in barangays Camp 3, Camp 1 and Ansagan in Tuba, Benguet.
MEETING ON COMMON GROUND. The 2016 National Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) Forum was held at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila on March 14-18, 2016. All the MGB section and division chiefs of the MSESDD nationwide met to review and discuss department’s policies and guidelines on safety, environment and social development to come up with a uniform implementation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 7942.
FUTURE VOICES. Mass Com student interns attended the Media and Mining 101 spearheaded by the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-CAR on March 22-23, 2016 at the MGB Hall. The activity was in partnership with the SICE Team and the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines who served as resource speakers on Mining 101 while media practitioners shared their expertise to future journalists and writers.
AD UYKIENG OPENS MGB NATIONAL MSESDD FORUM. Assistant Director (AD), Atty. Daniel Uykieng welcomed the 74 participants nationwide during the National Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD) Forum held at Bayview Park Hotel, Manila on March 14-18, 2016. [click on photo for more]
LEDAC EXECOM –TWG AND SECRETARIAT MINE VISIT IN CAR. Second row Usec Bernardino E. Sayo Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (middle wearing black long sleeves). On his left are Director Jocelyn P. Reyes, NEDA- Legal Staff and Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) Secretariat and Director Evelyn Ruiz also of PLLO. [click on photo for more]
KABABAIHAN FESTIVAL. The City Government of Baguio through the City Social Welfare Development Office in partnership with other line agencies and private institutions conducted on March 8, 2015 at the Baguio Convention Center its annual celebration of the “Kababaihan Festival” in observance of the 2016 Women’s Month with the theme, “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda''. [click on photo for more]
DENR-CAR KAPIHAN. The Office represented by Engr. Alfredo J. Genetiano, OIC, Mine Management Division joined the February 11, 2016 KAPIHAN held at Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet (third from left, above photo). This was sponsored and headed by DENR-CAR Regional Director Engr. Ralph C. Pablo, DPA, En. P and attended by the Assistant Regional Directors for Technical Services and Management together with their respective Division Chiefs. Other participants were the Division Chiefs from EMB-CAR and the WWRRC. [click on photo for more]
EMPLOYEES TAKE THEIR OATH OF OFFICE. MGB Director, Leo L. Jasareno (far right) administers the Oath of Office to the new recruits and promoted employees of the MGB Cordillera on October 28, 2015 at the Conference Hall. Photo from L-R: Loly Lolibeth Bongsalo, Mining Claims Examiner III; Felimon V. Aliado, Engineer III; Paul Anthony Flores, Senior Science Research Specialist; Filomena Del Rosario, Chemist IV; Imelda B. Abellera, Chemist III, Grecilda D. Marcelo, Administrative Assistant II; and, Francisco M. Bilog, Attorney III. Director Jasareno in his message told the appointees, that, “we had chosen the rightful persons to man the office”.
GEOLOGICAL HAZARDS COULD AFFECT RESIDENTIAL HOUSES IN ABRA. Barangay Tamac, Villaviciosa, Abra (enclosed by yellow line) with 150 houses is being threatened by landslides once it progresses. Escarpment is indicated by red lines in the photo. Arrows show the direction of possible ground movement. The MGB-CAR recommends relocation of the affected houses to a more stable ground due to the imminent danger and to declare the area as a “Danger /High Risk Zone”. [click on photo for more]
LANDSLIDE AT SITIO ELIZABETH, TANEG BURIES 17. Sitio Elizabeth in Taneg, Mankayan, Benguet is a gold rush area partly within the “Eli Conda” mineral claim of Itogon Suyoc Resources, Inc. (ISRI). It is characterized by very steep slope with thick soil cover vegetated with several tree species and vegetable crops. The landslide area was affected by saturation due to heavy precipitation at the on set of Typhoon “Ineng” and monsoon rains. Seventeen (17) died in the area due to the landslide and were mostly identified as small scale miners and their families who conducted their mining and milling activities therein. A creek traverses the landslide area and was already buried by landslide during the time of investigation on August 25-26, 2015. [click on photo for more]
IMMINENT DANGER. Small scale miners at Sitio Palasaan in Taneg, Mankayan were observed to be within a “Critical Area” in terms of landslide susceptiility. Landslides/scarpments surround the SSM area in Sitio Palasaan shown in the above photo. MGB-CAR geologist Benigno Cesar Espejo on board the PAF Sokol Helicopter noticed another geologically critical area while inspecting the landslide in Taneg, Mankayan. Sitio Palasaan is adjacent to Sitio Elizabeth where a landslide occurred during Typhoon Ineng.
SDMP farm-to-market road for Balayan, Camp 3. The Mines and Geosciences Bureau-CAR had been going around mining companies in this region to monitor and validate their compliance in the implementation of their approved 2015 Social Development and Management Programs (SDMPs). Above picture shows residents of Balayan and Kimmabab communities in Camp 3, Tuba, Benguet, taking time off to help in the construction of their 1,637 meters farm-to-market road amounting to PhP6,394,869.00, one of the approved projects of Philex Mining Corporation for its host and neighboring communities. To ensure that the quality of the project meets stipulated requirements, some technical personnel of the company’s Community Relations Department get fresh concrete samples during the activity. In cases that fresh concrete samples are not taken, hardened concrete testing is done.
OIC-RD Fay W. Apil receives a Certificate of Appreciation from deputy director-general Virgilio DC. Galvez, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Southern Luzon Cluster Head on July 8, 2015 at the Hotel Elizabeth, Baguio City after giving a presentation on Geohazards and the Geohazard Mapping Program of the government at the Southern Luzon Communicators’ Network (SOLCOMNET) Conference.
"Each Filipino must plant 10 seedlings per year" MGB-CAR joins the tree planting during the Arbor Day at Ud-udan, Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet on June 25.
ENHANCING CAPABILITY: A WORLD-CLASS MINING PRACTICE. Thirty-six MGB personnel nationwide converged at El Cielito Hotel, Baguio City on June 15-24, 2015 for a short course on design and management of tailings storage facilities that includes field trips at the tailings storage facilities (STF) of Philex Mining Corporation in Tuba and in Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company in Mankayan, both are located in Benguet province. This was conducted and sponsored by IM4DC of the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland.
Senator Legarda launches the “Coffee Table Book”. A 240-pages documentary on the Cordillera Indigenous Knowledge Network (Cordiknown) on environmental and agricultural practices and culture of the Cordilleras was launched on June 18, 2015 during the 49th Founding Anniversary of Ifugao province (“Gotad ad Ifugao”) in Lagawe. [click on photo for more]
"Teach your children well" on caring for the environment. MGB-CAR emphasizes on this as they show their presentation during the DENR Day at DENR-CAR Training Center on June 10.
WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet, Consume with Care”. (Center Photo L-R front) Watershed and Water Resource Center (WWRC) representative Helen Madumba, MGB-CAR OIC, office of the rgional director Fay W.Apil, technical services assistant regional director, Augosto Lagon and DENR-CAR regional director Ralph C. Pablo during the press conference at the DENR-CAR, Gibraltar, Baguio City on June 4, 2015.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Employees Association (MGBEA) converges at Java Hotel , Laoag City during the National Assessment and Programming Workshop on June 1-5, 2015. A member of the Luzon cluster (standing) presented the group’s output on the 2015 MGBEA Work and Financial Plan. [click on photo for more]