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MGB RXIII conducts Training-Workshop on the Processing and Area Verification of Industrial/Commercial Sand and Gravel and Quarry Applications

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII conducted the Training-Workshop on the Processing and Area Verification of Industrial/Commercial Sand and Gravel and Quarry Applications on March 30-31, 2017 at the MGB Training Center in Surigao City.

The Mineral Lands and Survey Section under the Mine Management Division organized the training-workshop. Twenty-one representatives from Caraga PENROs, CENROs and LGUs participated in the said activity. Regional Director Roger A. De Dios delivered the welcome address and presented the rationale of the training-workshop.  He assured the audience that proper guidelines on the process/conduct of area verification will be met at the end of the activity.

The topics presented by the MGB RXIII personnel included the following: Area Verification Procedure by Engr. Ernesto C. Calzar; Safety and Environmental Regulations in I/CSAG & Quarry Operations by Engr. Francis Glenn N. Suante; Terms and Reporting Format by Engr. Carlos E. Cogolio, Jr.; and Legal Framework of Small-Scale Mining Operations and Quarry Resources by Engr. Noli N. Arreza.  After the presentations, the participants asked questions and raised clarifications which were addressed by the resource speakers and the MGB RXIII Regional Director.

The actual ground verification was conducted on the second day of the activity in Brgy. Mat-i, Surigao City. It was led by Engr. Junrey D. Paronda. The participants had a hands-on experience in facilitating actual ground verification with the help of MGB personnel who shared their expertise in the field. Each province was asked to make a verification report which was presented after the field exposure. Engr. Paronda made some necessary modifications of the report in order to make it more standard based on how it is properly done which was noted by each team. The keen involvement of the participants led to the overall success of the activity.

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Training for MAVISSMA Small-Scale Miners with Trainers from APEX Mining Co., Inc.

In compliance to the MGB Programs/Projects/Activities (P/P/As) on Small-Scale Mining, a Training for Masabong Village Small-Scale Miners Association (MAVISSMA) on Rescue, Safety and Environmental Protection was conducted last April 20-22, 2016 at Sitio Masabong, Bayugan 3, Rosario, Agusan del Sur. The training was participated by 26 miners of MAVISSMA. The trainers composed of the Technical Personnel from Apex Mining Co., Inc. (AMCI) namely:

  1. Steve John Bagacay – Conventional Mining
  2. Eric Maningo – Conventional Mining
  3. Edu Seguerra – Rescue and Safety Induction
  4. Danilo P. Regis – Environmental Protection

While the MGB-13 Training Facilitators are:

  1. Ana Diosell Soliven-Bajao, Economist-II
  2. Engr. Ernesto C. Calzar-Engr. II
  3. Carl Orven C. Eludo, Planning Officer
  4. Mitch Bryll H. Tampus

SSM_2During the training, the team conducted a gold tunnel evaluation to see the actual practices of the miners.

Before the training schedule, Ms. Ana Soliven-Bajao and Engr. Ernesto Calzar visited Apex Mining Co., Inc. in Masara, Maco, Compostela Valley last April 7-9, 2016. The purpose of the visit was to present the training request of MGB-13 to the AMCI management and gather their response. Fortunately, the management of AMCI sees the endeavor as a great opportunity to extend help to other miners especially those into small scale. Part of the visit was to know the trainers better. The aforementioned MGB-13 personnel were able to go to the mine structures and facilities such as the conventional Level 600 Wagas tunnel, mill and processing plant and the tailings pond.


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Meeting about the Extraction Area of Agata Mining Ventures, Inc.

A meeting was conducted last Februray 9, 2016 at MGB-13 Training Center to address the Barangay Resolution No. 2015-09 from Barangay Lawigan, Tubay, Agusan del Norte. A resolution inquiring the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII of the present and actual location of ore extraction of Agata Mining Ventures, Inc. (AMVI). It was presided by RD Alilo C. Ensomo, Jr. and attended by DENR PENRO Bello Udarbe and CENRO Barlou M. Aparte of Tubay Anthony B. Quijano – AMVI General Manager and staff, Hon. Jimmy L. Beray – Vice Mayor of Tubay, and a Councilor, Punong Barangay Nilo G. Mordeno and barangay council of Lawigan, Punong Barangay Dante C. Mandam and barangay council of Tinigbasan, Tubay, Agusan del Norte, and the MGB-13  technical and support staff.

AMVI only indicated Brgy. Tinigbasan of Tubay as the place of removal/extraction in the BIR Form No. 2200-M. In this effect, the aforesaid barangay will solely received the Share from the National Wealth, excise tax paid by AMVI of their shipments in year 2014-2015. The matter was contested by Barangay Lawigan claiming that the actual area of extraction of AMVI is within their area. MGB-13 conducted an actual ground survey last October 21, 2015 in AMVI mining area with the following findings:


AREA (ha.)




Tinigbasan & Lawigan



Tinigbasan & Lawigan









Lawigan (planned pit or no extraction)



Tinigbasan (planned pit or no extraction)




During the meeting, the two (2) barangays were asked to come up with a sharing agreement on Pit no. 1 and 2. However, the barangay officials of Tinigbasan suggested, which the body also agreed, that they will discuss the matter further together with the barangay officials of Lawigan in their choice of place and time without other group or political interventions. The barangay should have an agreement on or before March 2016 to conform to the DBM deadline.


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MGB R13 personnel attend SMMCI Public Hearing

Personnel of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau ROXIII attended the Public Hearing conducted by Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, Inc. (SMMCI) on October 14, 2015 at the Municipal Gymnasium in Tubod, Surigao del Norte.

As one of the steps included in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, the public hearing is a requirement in SMMCI’s application for an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for their Silangan Copper-Gold Project. Representatives from different government agencies like Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Education, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and local government units (LGUs) were present. Similarly, the concerned residents of the impacted barangays of the said project participated in the gathering to listen and express their opinions and insights.

On behalf of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau ROXIII, Engr. Ador J. Patiño delivered a message during the program. Before the public hearing started, Engr. Esperanza Sajul of the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau Central Office gave a brief presentation on the objectives of the activity as well as the process flow of obtaining an ECC for environmentally critical projects.

During the public hearing, the presentors from SMMCI thoroughly discussed the following topics: Project History, Change of Mine Plan, Tailings Storage Facility Water Management, Seepage Control, Potential Environmental Impacts, Environmental Management, Social Activities to Preserve the Environment, Water Balance, Hydrology and Hydrogeology, Proposed Water Distribution Scheme, Strategic Relocation Plan, Considerations for Relocation Sites, Talent Acquisition Policy/Employment Policy, Scope Barangays of Public Employment Service Office (PESO)/Barangay Employment Service Office (BESO), Baseline Highlights of the People, Community Development Programs and LGU Share of National Wealth.  They have given a comprehensive presentation on every topic using the simplest terms in order for everyone to clearly understand the information specially the technical part of the project. They also showed detailed maps, models, photos and statistics to support their presentations.

After the presentations, Mr. Carl Louie Santiago, DENR-EMB Central Office Case Handler, stated the house rules of the open forum.  For. Reynaldo S. Digamo, DENR-EMB Caraga Public Hearing Officer, presided at the open forum. Various relevant concerns were raised by the public such as water source and employment. The questions were answered properly and suggestions were well taken. Although some written questions were not discussed due to time constraints, For. Digamo assured the public that each of their questions were received and turned over to SMMCI for appropriate action.

The public hearing concluded with closing remarks from the DENR-EMB Central Office representatives, in which the next steps in the EIA process were mentioned.

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