Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation and OceanaGold (Philippines), Inc., the only entries of the Philippines in the 1st ASEAN Minerals Awards (AMA), bagged the Best Practice in Minerals Mining and Best Practice in Minerals Processing awards, respectively.
In response to the growing concerns from the small-scale mining sector, Secretary Roy A. Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued Department Memorandum Circular (DMC) No. 2018-05, clarifying that small-scale mining projects in duly declared People’s Small-scale Mining Areas, or Minahang Bayan, pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 7076, or the People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991, are not covered by the moratorium on the acceptance, processing and/or... Read more: Small-scale mining in Minahang Bayan not covered by moratorium
Director Wilfredo G. Moncano of the Mines the Geosciences Bureau (MGB) recently signed a Memorandum Circular that will unify and standardize the monitoring system of major mining permits/contracts, and establish a performance rating system for contractors/permittees and permit holders. This will ensure strict compliance to the terms and conditions of the permits/contracts and pertinent laws, rules and regulations. Read more: MGB standardizes monitoring system for mining permits, contracts
Fourteen chemists from the Lands Geological Survey Division and the Metallurgical Technology Division of the MBG Central Office, along with MGB Regional Office chemists, participated in the 33rd Philippine Chemistry Congress (PCC), the largest annual gathering of chemists, chemical technicians and chemistry educators in the country. It was held from May 30 - June 1, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Read more: MGB chemists attend Philippine chemistry congress
Nine personnel from the Geological Laboratory Services Section (GLSS) of the Lands Geological Survey Division (LGSD) of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Central Office conducted benchmarking on Laboratory Quality Management System (ISO 17025) at the Standards and Testing Division of the Industrial Technology Development Institute (STD-ITDI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Read more: MGB conducts ISO 17025 benchmarking at DOST
The Philippine (Benham) Rise is a seismically active submerged volcanic realm located east of Luzon Island near Cagayan Valley, Aurora and northern Bicol Region. Geological and morphological analyses established that this region is a natural prolongation of the landmass of Luzon accreted to the main island through the Palanan and Bicol saddles. However, to date limited studies have been conducted in this area. Read more: MGB launched a new marine geological expedition: Project Philippine Rise
Feature Story By: Chelsi Grace S. Mendoza I can’t explain the excitement I felt when our dream of exploring the Philippine Rise is finally turning into reality. The Philippine Rise,formerly known as Benham Rise, has always been a mystery for scientists, not only to geologists. Exploring the open seas has never occurred to me. I’ve known the waves of the beach and I’ll get to know the swells of the sea. Read more: Geological Exploration of the Philippine Rise: Experience of a Lifetime