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Regional Emergency Response Team holds Basic ICS Training

By: Lyndee Rose Basilio

The Regional Emergency Response Team (RERT) headed by Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Office No. II hand in hand with the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region II, OceanaGold Phils. Inc., FCF Minerals Corporation and Geogen Corporation recently held a Basic Incident Command System (ICS) Training at Valley Hotel, Alimanao Hilll, Penabalnaca, Cagayan on June 15-17, 2016.


The training was conducted to enhance the knowledge of participants on ICS as a vital tool for effective disaster response.

Engr. Mario A. Ancheta, MGB OIC Regional Director welcomed the participants which are members of RERT from the three large mining companies in the region.

“I thanked the mining companies for joining us in this endeavor. This training will help us in our Emergency Response Program in the region,  Ancheta said in his welcome address.

“We are preparing ourselves to ensure that we can save lives when a disaster hits our communities. With this, we can address the needs of the affected areas even outside Cagayan Valley region just like what we have done in Tacloban when Typhoon Yolanda slammed the city,” the Regional Director added.

The speakers during the training were Norma C. Talosig, OCD Regional Director who lectured on the foundation and legal basis of ICS; Andres Galapia, Fire Chief Inspector of Isabela Bureau Fire Protection (BFP) discussed the ICS Organization and Staffing and Incident Assessment and Management Objectives; Ronald Villa, Training Section Chief of OCD lectured about ICS facilities and Incident Resources and Resource Management; William B. Lipit of Provincial Disaster Risk Response and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Quezon Province gave a lecture about Organizing and Managing Incidents and Events, Incident and Event Planning and Transfer of Command, Demobilization and Closeout.

After a lecture per module the participants were given exercises and activities to apply what have they learned per module. Participants were also asked to submit per group an Incident Action Plan (IAP) based on the scenario given to them.

Further, the participants were tasked to perform an Operational Period Briefing to demonstrate their knowledge on ICS staff and functions.

RD Ancheta in his closing message said, “The training gave us an opportunity to capacitate ourselves to be of better help to others especially on disaster response.”

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MGB participates in Environment celeb

By: Lyndee Rose Basilio

June is Environment Month!

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II has participated in the celebration of World Environment Day and Philippine Environment Month.

In celebration of the World Environment Day, MGB RO II spearheaded the simultaneous tree planting on June 5, 2016 by the three large mining companies in the region namely: OceanaGold Phils.Inc. in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya; FCF Minerals Corporation in Runruno, Quezon and Geogen Corporation in  Dinapigue, Isabela.

OceanaGold planted a total of 130 Mayapis (Shorea palosapis) seedlings at the back of their visitor’s centre that was damaged by the slash-and-burn farming activity of the nearby lot owner. While Geogen Corporation through the eight candidates of Bb. Dinapigue also shared their care for Mother Nature where they planted 16 Agoho del Monte seedlings at the Welcome Arc in Dinapigue, Isabela.  FCF Minerals Corp. also planted 1000 seedling with various species of Mahogany, Rain Tree and Acacia along the riverbank of the company’s accommodation and administration facility.

The simultaneous tree planting by the mining companies was in compliance with the directive of Bureau Director Leo L. Jasareno as part of the celebration of the World Environment Day and Philippine Environment Month. june

 A photo exhibit by FCF Minerals Corporation and Geogen Corporation was also situated in MGB Regional Office that showcased the environmental protection measures being practiced by the mining companies. The photo exhibit was displayed for the whole month of June 2016 as part of the celebration of Philippine Environment Month.

RD Mario A. Ancheta likewise encouraged his staff to support environment-friendly materials to help save human nature.

“We should continue to support “Go green” slogan and take the initiative to be mindful of our environment for the future generations,” RD Ancheta said in one his interviews with the media.

With this year’s theme: “Green Economy: Does It Include You?”the Philippine’s celebration of Philippine Environment Month was declared by then President Corazon Aquino’s Proclamation No. 237 on April 4, 1988, declaring the month of June as the Philippine Environment Month not only to give time towards environment protection. But also “as a gesture of the country’s support to the cause of enhancing world ecology and as recognition of the imperative need to instil environmental awareness and concern among various sectors of the Philippine society.

On the other hand, FCF Minerals Corporation celebrated the Environment Month on June 16 through tree planting activity that was held at Brgy. Mauan, Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya. The event was participated by the Community and Social Development Division (CSDD), hand in hand with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources  Office (PENRO) of Nueva Vizcaya headed by Forester Marlon C. Agnar and Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya headed by For. Constante L. Espiritu. Also, in celebration of the environment month, the company donated a total of 2500 seedlings to DENR-PENRO of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

A coastal cleanup was also conducted by Geogen Corporation as a sign of their concern to the Mother Earth where 240 kilos of residual wastes were gathered. The coastal cleanup was headed by Dr. Elmer Billedo, Project Manager.

As part of their initiative in raising awareness to protect the environment, OceanaGold Phils. Inc., also took part in celebration of the World Oceans Day on June 8, 2016 where they initiated An Annual Ecological Assessment and Biodiversity Monitoring in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems hand in hand with University of Philippines Los Banos Foundation Incorporated (UPLBFI), Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) and Quirino State University (QSU). The assessment was aimed to monitor the biological ecology of the riverine in the area. Also being initiated by the company was the search for best practice in river management in Didipio and Addalam River in partnership with International River Foundation (IRF).

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Regional IEC spearheads 1st Journalism, Photography training

By: L. R Basilio


vizcayaTo equip the members of Regional Information, Education and Communication (RIEC) Team on the principles journalism and photography, the RIEC Team headed by Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office II (MGB RO II) together with OceanaGold Phils. Inc., FCF Minerals Corporation and Geogen Corporation spearheaded the 1st Journalism and Photography Training on May 19-20, 2016 at Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

The training aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of RIEC team in developing news and feature stories for the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign of the mining companies

Speakers during the training were Leander Domingo, correspondent of Manila Times who discussed Legal and ethical standards of Journalism, news writing, newspaper layouting and newspaper management. Benjamin Ebreo of Philippine Information Agency (PIA) likewise lectured the difference of national and community newspaper, and feature writing. Cesar Perante of Business Mirror/ Manila Bulletin also shared his knowledge on photography and photojournalism.

After a lecture of Perante, the participants used their newly learned skill during the field photo shoot in Bangan Hills, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

Also, after the lectures of Domingo and Ebereo, critiquing of the mining companies’ newsletter and broadsheets have been done. 

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MGB Region II conducts capability building in Nueva Vizcaya


vizcayaaTo review the regulatory measures for Small-Scale Mining and to enhance Sand and Gravel extraction activities, a capability – building training for mining officers was conducted last March 30-31, 2016 at Pasalubong Center, Magsaysay, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.            

MGB Regional Director Mario Ancheta expressed his appreciation to the participants of the event for sharing their time to attend said training.

“I appreciate you for taking off your busy schedule. This venue is a good opportunity to enhance our knowledge, use this opportunity to have some new learning for this will be beneficial to your role as mining officers,” RD Ancheta said in his welcome message.

Nueva Vizcaya Governor Ruth Padilla also graced the event and delivered an inspirational message for the participants, “you all know that we have long expressed that we advocate mining free zone in our province, we are more on the development of our eco-tourism and agricultural sector, this fact will not change,” the honourable Governor said.

“This opportunity is good for us to clarify our concerns in the province, to widen our perspective and to learn what we need to learn about mining. To our Mining Officers, just do your roles as mining officers. Do it not for yourselves but for our province, for your fellow Nuevo Vizcayanos,” Gov. Padilla added.

Meanwhile, Ms. Maribeth G. Tumaliuan, Mining Claims Examiner III gave discussion on the salient features of mining laws, rules and regulations. On the other hand, Engr. Rommel L. Amogan, Chief MSESDD, lectured on the environmental, safety and social aspects of mining. Engr. Geoffrey V. Prado likewise gave lecture on Standard Operating Procedures in apprehension, confiscation and seizure. Mr. Tito Tanguilig, ENRO-Bayombong also gave updates on mining related activities in the province of Nueva Vizcaya.

 After a series of lectures, an open forum was carried out to give opportunity to the participants to clarify issues and concerns.

On the second day of the event, a deputation proper was conducted and facilitated by Ms. Tumaliuan.

An oath taking of deputized Mining Officers was likewise conducted led by RD Ancheta.

After the oath taking, RD Ancheta gave his closing remarks,” to our Mining Officers, perform your functions well as Mining Officers, this is for your province, be vigilant and determined Mining Officers.”

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Intensive IEC in Batanes Province held




In the effort of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II (MGB R0II) to provide vital information in order to mitigate the impacts of geologic hazards, the bureau initiated an intensive Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign on its Geohazard Assessment Program in Batanes Province last May 25-26, 2016.

The said IEC through its Geosciences Division capacitated the residents of Batanes about the National Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Program of the Bureau with the primordial objective to identify areas in the country that are susceptible to geologic hazards.

The Geohazard Program comprises of major activities such as survey of areas that are prone to natural hazards, printing and reproduction of maps and other information materials for dissemination, and conduct of IEC for proper awareness.

The bureau has already completed the 1:50,000 mapping scale in the year 2010 and 1:10,000 scale in 2014 where 93 cities/ municipalities and 2,311 barangays were assessed.

For 2015 onwards, MGB R0II has been conducting intensive IEC region-wide with the primary objective to increase awareness and preparedness of communities on geologic hazards.

“ We cannot prevent disasters, we can only lessen its impact on people and in our communities,” Jose de los Santos Jr., Senior Science Research Specialist.batanes1

Barangay officials from Basco, Itbayat, Ivana, Mahatao, Sabtang and Uyugan attended the said IEC where the MGB team discussed about rain-induced landslide hazard, flood hazard and hazard in Karst Areas.

“We can only lessen its impact that pose danger in our lives and properties through proper awareness that these types of disasters,” the Senior Science Research Specialist added.

Geohazard maps and posters were also disseminated per barangay after the lecture.

The maps will serve as their guides in their community-based disaster preparedness plans, in updating of the Comprehensive Land Use Plans and in their development plans needed for mitigating measures on the impact of geohazards in their community. #LRB

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