Sinkhole opens in Badian farmland

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau – Central Visayas has confirmed a sinkhole formation in an agricultural land in the Bugas, Badian town, southwest of Cebu.

A section of a farm in sitio Purok 2 recently collapsed into a sinkhole.

A team from MGB-7 led by supervising geologist Josephine T. Aleta conducted an investigation in the area and found a big cavern hollow measuring three to five meters below the ground surface has formed. The sinkhole is seven meters deep with an elongated hole of about five to seven meters.

There was no water found in the sinkhole.

The town of Badian and its neighboring towns sit on a limestone area and is prone to sinkholes.

“Sinkholes are natural formations that occur when limestone deposits gradually dissolve after a contact with rain or circulating ground water,” chief geologist Al Emil Berador explains.

MGB-7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo asked the local government unit of Badian to continue monitoring the area and set up warning signs to warn the public of possible hazards near the sinkhole area.

Sinkholes, considered as a geological hazard happen when carbonate rocks are dissolved by water. This slow geological process, is often unnoticeable.

The dissolved carbonate rocks create cavernous space underground forming caves. When there is no longer underground support, the ground from above will collapse. It can also occur if a corroded limestone area is disturbed by natural tremors such as earthquakes or by human-induced activities, including blasting.

Berador said majority of the areas in Cebu have limestone deposits. About 60 to 70 percent of Cebu including areas that are habitable such as urban areas, is composed of limestone.

MGB-7 welcomes USEC Felongco in first official visit

The regional office of Mines and Geosciences Bureau – Central Visayas graced the first official visit of the newest Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

USec Noel Kinazo Felongco was recently appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte on November 16, 2016.

Immediately after taking his oath office before Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel last November 24, the Cebu-based lawyer, USEC Felongco visited the regional offices to personally meet the regional directors and staff and familiarize the projects of the department.

Yesterday, he visited the office MGB-7 and the regional office of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). He also visited the DENR regional office last November 28.

Felongco was a former commissioner of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). He was also a former city councilor of Cotabato City at the same time a professor of Notre Dame University.

Felongco finished his law school at the Notre Dame University.

His family is based in Cebu and looks forward to working more with the regional offices in Visayas and Mindanao.


PMRB-Bohol to award Best small-scale miners

Amid the challenge of the industry for responsible mining, the Bohol Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) has embarked on the search for the Best Small-Scale Mining operations.

The recognition is to showcase Quarry and Sand and Gravel (SAG) Permit Holders who can show exemplary practices on responsible quarry and mining operations.

PMRB-Bohol envisions to motivate Permit Holders to strive beyond compliance of the terms and conditions set in the issued permits, and pursue excellence in safety and environmental protection and enhancement.

The announcement was made during the Stakeholders Forum and PMRB Provincial Consultation in the Province of Bohol last November 25 in Tagbilaran City.

The first awarding ceremony is set next year, November 2017.

The event was attended by permit holders of quarry and sand and gravel operators and MGB-7 accredited traders and dealers.

The forum was organized by PMRB-Bohol in coordination with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau – Central Visayas and Bohol’s Provincial Environmental Management Office (PEMO).

Meanwhile, it was also agreed during the stakeholders’ forum to organize Multi-Partite Monitoring Teams (MMT) to monitor operations based on the locations of the clustered Quarry and SAG operations.

Under the People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991 (RA 7076), An Act Creating a People’s Small-Small Mining Program and for Other Purpose, the PMRB is the implementation arm of the Environment Department for small-scale mining. The chairman of the PMRB-Bohol is MGB-7 regional director Loreto B. Alburo and co-chaired by Provincial Gov. Edgar Chatto with representatives from large-scale and small-scale mining sector and a non-government organization as members. 

10 CV mining operators recognized in the 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference

Mining companies in Central Visayas received 10 awards in the recent Presidential Mine Safety and Environment Conference as conferred by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA).

PMSEA President Louie Sarmiento awarded the plaques to the mining companies who have excelled and went beyond just compliance in safety and environmental protection.

Apo Cement Corporation whose operation is in Naga City, Cebu received a Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (Platinum) for Mineral Processing.

Solid Earth Development Corporation is also recognized as the safest Non-Metallic Mining Operation in the country.

Apo Cement Corporation is awarded as the over-all winner for the Safest Mines Award in the Cement Plant category; second place is Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc.

The winner for the safest mine in the Crushing Category is the Bohol plant of the Philippine Mining Service Corporation.

On the search for the Best Mining Forest, Carmen Copper Corporation – Toledo Copper Mine Project won 2nd runner-up in the Metallic category; and Solid Earth Development Corporation, 3rd runner-up in the Non-Metallic Category. They stayed true to their commitment for progressive site rehabilitation thus they were bestowed the Best Mining Forest awards. Philippine Mining Service Corporation in Alcoy, south of Cebu is the 1st runner-up for Best Mining Forest Awards in the Mineral Processing Plant category; 2nd runner-up for the same category is the Apo Cement Corp.

The awarding ceremony was held at the CAP John Hay Trade and Convention Center in Baguio City last November 18, 2016.

“The awards garnered by Region 7 is a reflection of an effective partnership of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the operating mining companies in the implementation of programs on mine safety, environmental management and social development,” said MGB-7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo.


MGB-7 reviews records of mining companies, contractors, individuals for Presidential Mineral Industry Environment Awards and other recognitions

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), in collaboration with the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA), will bestow the Presidential Mineral Industry Environment Awards (PMIEA), Safest Mines Awards to mining contractors. 

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