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THE PHILIPPINE MINERALS INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE
The Philippine Minerals Industry At A Glance
MGB News
Directly Reduced Sponge Iron production creates promising results
Mines and Geosciences Bureau, April 10, 2014

The Metallurgical Technology Division of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau recently conducted the initial phase of a study utilizing local iron ores (fine magnetite) in the production of sponge iron, an important input to the steel making sector.
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Metallic mineral production ends 2013 in high spirits
Mines and Geosciences Bureau, April 08, 2014

The Philippine metallic mineral production value ended the year in high spirits with a PhP298 million gain from PhP99.04 billion in 2012 to PhP99.33 billion in 2013. Nickel direct shipping ore and sulfides accounted for 41.31%, or PhP41.04 billion, of the total production value. Gold came in second with 32.66%, or PhP32.44 billion, while copper took the third spot with 22.51%, or PhP22.36 billion, in 2013. The remaining 3.52%, or PhP3.50 billion, came from the collective values of silver, zinc, chromite and iron ore.
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MGB, NBI continue probe vs illegal mining
Mines and Geosciences Bureau, April 07, 2014

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Office No. V recently issued Environment Protection Cases (EPC) against Bohai Top International Mining Corporation (BTIMC) and Liaoning Fenghua Group Philippines Mining Conpany, Inc. (LFGPMCI) for operating without the necessary Mineral Processing Permit in the province of Camarines Norte.
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MST performance review recommends cancellation of 43 MPSAs
Mines and Geosciences Bureau, April 07, 2014

The initial performance review of all existing mining operations conducted by the Multi-Stakeholder Teams (MST) chaired by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Directors recently recommended the cancellation of 43 Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSA) to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
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News Articles
MGB suspends mining operations of Marcventures in Surigao del Sur
Jonathan L. Mayuga, April 25, 2014

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has suspended the mining operations of publicly listed Marcventures Mining & Development Corp. in Surigao del Sur for violations of the mining law. MGB Director Leo Jasareno said the decision came after an investigation conducted by the MGB showed the company was operating outside its mining tenement which the company had earlier denied to the MGB.
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Caramoan declared mining-free zone
Juan Escandor Jr., April 24, 2014

Earlier, officials of Barangay Gata in Lahuy, where the miners were killed on March 22, had asked the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to declare the village a “Minahang Bayan.” Republic Act No. 7076, or the Act Creating People’s Small-Scale Mining Program (PSSMP), allows for a Minahang Bayan permit to be given to a community upon approval of the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB), which is composed of the MGB regional director as chair, governor as vice chair, and representatives from small-scale and large-scale miners and a nongovernment organization as members. Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/596906/caramoan-declared-mining-free-zone#ixzz2zlIfKHgW Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
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The other side of Palawan
Ellen Tordesillas, April 23, 2014

MENTION Palawan and what comes to mind are Underground River and El Nido in the northern side of this richly-blessed province. Three weeks ago, we went to the southern side in Rio Tuba, where Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation is. - See more at: http://www.malaya.com.ph/business-news/opinion/other-side-palawan#sthash.mzlnXDJT.dpuf
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