MGB supports mining week
Some employees of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II (MGB R0II) participated in the recently concluded Annual Mining Conference held on Nov. 15-18, 2016 in Baguio City.
With the theme: “63 years of Responsible Mining, moving forward by doing right,” the event was attended by over a thousand of stakeholders from the government and mining sector.
The annual mining event kicked off with a tree planting activity at the PMSEA adopted park at the Botanical Garden.
Mining exhibit participated by mining companies and suppliers featured the good practices of the mining companies and their latest mining technologies.
The 4th Community Relations Officers Seminar was also conducted on Nov. 16, 2016. Simultaneous with the ComRel Seminar was the sports fest at various venues such as Baguio Tennis Club, Baguio Country Club and the Puyat Sports.
The Mineral Industry Symposium and 2nd PMSEA Students’ Congress were likewise conducted at the CAP John Hay Convention Center.
On November 18, a minerals industry parade participated by DENR and MGB employees, mining companies, and suppliers that graced the thoroughfares of Baguio City.
A testimonial dinner and awards night highlighted the week-long annual mining event. #LRB
MGB to review expansion permit given to OceanaGold
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau said it will review the permit granted to OceanaGold Philippines Incorporated (OGPI) earlier this year that gives the gold-copper mining company an extra five years to explore possible areas of expansion.
MGB Director Leo Jasareno said the review was prompted by complaints from Nueva Vizcaya residents about OceanaGold’s possible expansion in the province.
OceanaGold operates the Didipio Mine, high-grade gold-copper open pit an underground mine located around 270 kilometers north of Manila.
The mine is one of the lowest-cost gold mines in the word, with nominal production of 100,000 ounces of gold and 14,000 tons of copper. It has an estimated reserve of 1.59 million ounces of gold and 210,000 tons of copper. It has its full-year operation in 2014.
OceanaGold’s mining claim covers around 15,000 hectares, but ut has only explored and developed around 900 hectares.
Jasareno said there is a formal request to cancel the renewal of the exploration permit for five years. (PNA)
Novo Vizcayanos appeal to DENR
Over two hundred residents from seven barangays in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya initiated a dialogue on August 31, 2016 with Environment Secretary Gina Lopez to gave assurance that they are partners of the government in protecting the environment.
The residents appealed to Sec. Lopez to not to stop on the mining operation of OceanaGold for its has been bringing development and progress in the area.
“ We assure Secretary Lopez that the people’s welfare will always be the priority of OceanaGold Philippines while conducting their operations in Didipio,” Junjun Pugong, Didipio Barangay Chair.
Secretary Lopez emphasized during the dialogue that her mandate as DENR secretary is to clear up irresponsible diggers who devastate the land, lush farms into veritable wasteland.
Townfolks said that the company has brought good things to their community and an instrument in bringing progress in Vizcaya.
The residents were mostly from Barangay Didipio and nearby barangays namely: Bellet. Binogawan, Capisaan, Upper Tuccod, Lower Tuccod, Wangal, Alimit, Papaya, Alloy, and Dingasaan.
OceanaGold continues mining operations
Australian miner OceanaGold Corp said on Tuesday it has not received an order from a Philippine mining agency to suspend its operations in the country and that activity at its gold-copper mine is continuing.
"The company will consider all avenues, including working collaboratively with the DENR, to facilitate the immediate resolution of this matter to ensure no disruption to our operations and our valued local workforce," the company said in a statement, referring to the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
"We are disappointed with the statements made earlier today and will seek clarification and reconsideration from the DENR to further understand and rectify this matter in short order," OceanaGold CEO Mick Wilkes said in the statement.
OceanaGold runs the Didipio mine in the northern Luzon island and is the Philippines' top gold producer. It was among those ordered suspended by the DENR for environmental infractions.
Wilkes earlier told Reuters that OceanaGold has not committed environmental violations.
Shares of the Australia-listed miner fell 8.2 percent on the news of the suspension order, prompting the firm to request a trading halt pending an announcement. (Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr.; Editing by Himani Sarkar)
MGB boosts IEC campaign
To inform the people on the recent issues and development of mining activities per province, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II spearheaded Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign per province as part of its communication plan for year 2016.
The IEC campaign was spearheaded by Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta as head of the IEC team of the bureau.
The Bureau presented before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) during their regular session.
The team presented to SP Isabela on September 26, 2016; Quirino on September 27, 2016; Nueva Vizcaya on October 3 and 11, 2016; and Cagayanon December 3 and 15, 2016.
For the presentation in SP Nueva Vizcaya, the team discussed the mining operations of OceanaGold Philippines Incorporated, FCF Minerals Corporation as well other mining issues in the province.
For SP Isabela, operation of Geogen Corporation and Golden summit were tackled during the session.
The allocation of Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) of OceanaGold and other taxes were also discussed during the presentation of the team in SP Quirino.
On the other hand, the IEC team informed the board members of Cagayan regarding the status of black sand mining in the province and other quarry activities in Cagayan.