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Geosciences Division lectures geohazard to HS students
 By: Lyndee Rose Basilio

The Geosciences Division of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau R02 spearheaded by the geologists of the bureau conducted a lecture on geohazard to the senior high school students of the Tuguegarao Science High School last November 28, 2017.

The lecture talked mainly talked about earth’s natural hazards and their effect to the environment as well as necessary preparations for said hazards.

Landslide, flash floods, earthquakes and avalanche were among the discussions during the lecture.

“Geohazards or geophysical hazards are natural phenomenon,” said Anna Marie Omandac, contractual geologist of MGB said during the lecture.

“It might have a negative effect on us and on the environment, hence, we need to know at least the basics for us to be prepared when this natural occurring phenomenon happen to us,” she added.

After the lecture, an open forum was conducted. The lecture was part of the IEC of the bureau.

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MGB R02 geologists undertake geologic mapping in Bicol region
 By: Lyndee Rose Basilio

 

geoSix geologists from Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II undertook a geologic mapping that covers five quadrangles in the Bicol Region held last April 2-30,2017.

The geologic mapping project aims to identify various faults, types and structures of rocks, and folds to furnish a geologic map which will be used by the public as base map in urban planning and as vital input in different geologic investigations and studies.

The five quadrangles covered were Castilla Quadrangle, Gubat Quadrangle, Bayabas Quadrangle, Daet Quadrangle, and Mandao Quadrangle.

The Castilla Quadrangle is one of the two target quadrangles with no geologic data available.

The team of geologists found out that the rocks are poorly exposed along road cuts, hence, a visit to many creeks/rivers was also undertaken by the team.

Only Bicol Volcanic Arc Complex (BVAC) and Quaternary Alluvium were found to occur in the area. It was also determined by the geologists that the two component members of BVAC were present: Pocdol Volcanic Complex (PVC) and Bulusan Volcanic Complex (BVC).

The PVC occurs on the northern half of the study area while the BVC occurs on the southern half of the study area.

Based on the report of the geologists, no large-scale structures were noted in the field. Only microstructures like drag fold, lense, joint, gouge, and rock contact were observed.

The team of geologists used compasses, GPS units, handlens, scribbers, sample picks, camera, and field base maps during the conduct of the survey.

Rock samples were taken for correlation and systematic archiving. On the other hand, problematic samples were kept for further petrologic and/or paleontologic analysis. Lynds Basilio/with reports from Geosciences Division

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5th ComRel conference conducted
 By: Lyndee Rose Basilio

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The Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA), the country’s frontrunner in advocating responsible mining conducted the 5th Community Relations Officers last Nov. 22, 2017 at CAP- Camp John Hay, Conventio Center, Baguio City.

Bearing the theme: “Consolidating Community Relations Work, Building Sustainable Mining Communities,” the conference aims to capacitate the community relations of the mining companies regarding the current issues in social development.

Engr. Zards Gacad of MGB CAR pointed out that government support is just as important as company/ community support to properly implement SDMP together with the continuity and impact assessment of the projects.

The conference likewise talked about the national unified information, education, and communication campaign for responsible mining projects of MGB hand in hand with the mining companies.

The conference was attended by community relations officers of the mining companies, community affairs officers of government agencies, information officers, and other stakeholders in the mining sector.

 

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MGB celebrates environment month
 By: Lyndee Rose Basilio

 

Remaining committed to this year’s theme for World Environment Celebration, “Connecting people to nature, “ and in celebration of the Philippine Environment Month this June 2017 that can be traced to the legislation of the Presidential Decree No. 237 by then Pres. Corazon C. Aquino, declaring the month of June as environment month, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II is committed for the active participation of its employees for the various activities lined-up for the month-long celebration.

  1. Announcement of Philippine Environment Month in Flag Raising Ceremony (June 5, 2017)

RD Mario A. Ancheta informed his staff regarding the Philippine Environment Month Celebration for the whole month of June 2017 during the Monday convocation. He listed the activities of MGB Regional Office No. II hand in hand with DENR, EMB, and the mining companies in the region through the Regional Information, Education, and Communication (RIEC) Team.

  1. MGB convenes Regional IEC Team (June 5, 2017)

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To inform the mining companies regarding the series of activities for the month of June, MGB Regional Office No. II through RD Ancheta convened the representatives of OceanaGold Phils. Inc., FCF Mineral Corp., and Geogen Corporation to attend the meeting on June 5, 2017 to discuss relevant matters concerning the environment month celebration. The meeting discussed the delegation of tasks for the environment forum, photo exhibit, and IEC materials to be distributed for the said event.

  1. Tipon-tipan sa PIA (June 6, 2017)
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RD Ancheta together with the Regional Directors of DENR Region II and EMB Region II, Atty. Gil A. Aromin and Engr. Cesar S. Siador, respectively attended a media forum dubbed as “tipon-tipan sa PIA” to discuss with the members of the media the lined-up programs and activities regarding the celebration of environment month.

Atty. Aromin informed the press that DENR will conduct environmental symposiums in schools, tree planting activities, and levelling-off with local government units regarding protection of the environment with emphasis on forest protection

On the other hand, RD Siador also informed the media that EMB will hold a multi-sectoral meeting with the governing board of PIESTTA Air Shed which composed of municipalities of: Penablanca, Iguig, Enrile, Solana, Tuguegarao City, Tuao, and Amulung.

Further, RD Ancheta highlighted to the press the conduct of environment forum on June 29, 2017 at Santiago City, Isabela.

The media forum likewise tackled the current situation of mining operations in the region particularly the three large scale mining operations in the Cagayan Valley Region.

  1. Clean-up drive (June 9 and 16, 2017)

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To upgrade the cleanliness and orderliness of MGB Regional Office No. II, it conducted a general cleaning in the office premises every Friday of June 2017. The clean-up drive was participated in by all the employees of the bureau.

  1. Tree planting (June 23, 2017)

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On the last Friday of June 2017, MGB R02 employees planted seedlings at MGB R02 compound as part of the celebration of environment month.

After the tree planting, general cleaning in the MGB premises was likewise conducted.

  1. Establishment of Environment Booths
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Hand in hand with the three large-scale mining companies in the region through the Regional IEC Team, environment booths were situated at the MGB compound to inform the bureau’s clientele of the initiatives of the mining companies regarding responsible mining.

  1. Distribution of information materials

 As part of the communication plan of the bureau, it distributed comics and pamphlets to the participants of the environment forum and other stakeholders for the wider dissemination of the benefits of mining in the development of the society.

  1. Environment Forum with the theme: “Understanding Policies that govern mining operations and best practices in mining that promote responsible mining”
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Hand in hand with DENR, EMB, and mining companies in the region, MGB Region II spearheaded the 1st environment forum on June 29, 2017 at Zen Hotel, Santiago City, Isabela where over 200 participants attended the event.

 

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MGB conducts capability building for SSM at Cordon, Isabela
 By: Lyndee Rose Basilio

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In the effort of the bureau to capacitate the small scale miners, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau R02 conducted a capability building for small-scale miners on Oct. 26, 2017 at Camarao and Cordon, Isabela.

The capability building was part of the communication plan of the bureau with the aim to give awareness on the laws, rules, and policies on small scale mining.

Engr, Geoffrey V. Prado, supervising science research specialist of MGB conducted the lecture to the small scale miners of cordon with emphasis on R.A 7076 otherwise known as an act creating a people’s small-scale mining program.

Engr. Prado discussed the declaration of minahang bayan, registration of mining bayan, extent of contract area, easement rights, and the future of small-scale mining.

MGB has already conducted a capability building for SSM of Cordon last 2014.

 

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