MGB - updates

Rappler's latest stories on MGB


Slow progress in Rapu-Rapu mine rehabilitation

May 08, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Rapu-Rapu Mayor Ronald Galicia says local officials are 'clueless' on the activities in the mining site where two major mine spills happened 13 years ago

What are the hazard-prone areas along Vinta’s path?

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau identifies 5 areas located near the forecasted track of Tropical Storm Vinta that are prone to landslides and heavy flooding

Cebu mountain village under state of calamity due to land movement

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:48 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas has recommended that Sitio Camfranco in Barangay Lower Becerril be declared as a 'permanent danger zone and no habitation zone'

DANGEROUS. Heavy rains caused cracks in the soil in parts of Boljoon town, including Sitio Camfranco. Photo from MGB Central Visayas

MGB proposes lifting of ban on open-pit mining

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano says they are consulting with the Mining Industry Coordinating Council regarding the proposal

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May 14, 2017 - 2:29 PM

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May 11, 2017 - 1:06 PM

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Gina Lopez to MGB chief: Don't allow irresponsible mining or 'I'll shoot you'

May 11, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Mario Luis Jacinto says they will definitely stick to the implementation of the applicable laws rules and regulations on mining

'NO COMMENT.' Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Mario Luis Jacinto talks to reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot by Rappler

Mining group thanks Duterte for 'due process' on mine closures

Feb 09, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Around 23 mining companies face closure following an audit of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Gov't to spend P8B for workers displaced by mining closures

Feb 08, 2017 - 5:18 PM

But Senator Joel Villanueva hits the government for being unprepared for the effects of mining closures on workers

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Benguet Corp faces P24-M fine for tailings leak in old mine

Nov 22, 2016 - 11:35 AM

The Environmental Management Bureau in Cordillera region will recommend the fine on Benguet Corporation to the Pollution Adjudication Board following the tailings leak at its old open pit mine in Itogon Benguet

Duterte replaces environment official in charge of mining audit

Oct 11, 2016 - 7:35 PM

The new Acting Director IV of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau is Wifredo Moncano who has served as regional director of the MGB in the Davao Region since 2015

MINING AUDIT. In this file photo, then Environment Undersecretary Leo Jasareno (left) and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explain the mining audit to reporters on July 27, 2016. File photo from DENR's official Twitter account

FCF Minerals Corp to start gold mine operation in Nueva Vizcaya this year

Oct 07, 2016 - 10:34 AM

The Philippine subsidiary of UK firm Metals Exploration Plc will begin the commercial operation of its Runruno Gold Project after more than a decade of exploration and construction of facilities

GOLD MINE. British firm FCF Minerals will operate its gold mine in Nueva Vizcaya before the end of 2016

New MGB chief: No one can buy me

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Mario Luis Jacinto takes over the ongoing audit of all mining companies in the country

NEW CHIEF. Mario Luis Jacinto, the new director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), vows to hold accountable mining companies that will violate environment laws. File photo from the MGB website

NDRRMC warns against floods, landslides in #ButchoyPH areas

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:32 AM

Local disaster councils are tasked to be on heightened readiness

Eastern Samar residents protest nickel hauling in Manicani Island

Jun 09, 2016 - 4:16 PM

Concerned citizens have barricaded the nickel ore stockpile of a subsidiary of Nickel Asia to protest the mining company s activities in Manicani Island in Guiuan

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

#Manilakbayan: Lumad to march against 'gov't abuses'

Nov 12, 2015 - 6:16 PM

Walk with the Lumad is part of the Manilakbayan activities protesting against the increasing violence in Mindanao and demanding justice for victims of human rights violations

UP experts asked to investigate Benguet sinkhole

Nov 07, 2015 - 12:17 PM

A village in Virac Itogon is now akin to a ghost town as hundreds of residents have fled their houses after sighting cracks in the ground

SINKHOLE. This 20-meter-wide void in Virac, Itogon already swallowed at least 7 houses as of November 2. Photos courtesy of Cordillera Office of Civil Defense thru Ompong Tan

PH Q1 metal production value up by 7.17%

Aug 08, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Metal prices remain sluggish in the first quarter of 2015 with gold silver copper and nickel all exhibiting negative growth rates year on year

Batangas opposes gold mine threatening Verde Island Passage

Jul 24, 2015 - 9:27 PM

Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste says the provincial government will block any moves to approve the gold mine project near the center of the center of marine biodiversity

UNDERWATER TREASURE. The Verde Island Passage boasts the highest concentration of shorefish species in the world, according to scientists. Image courtesy Rich Mooi/California Academy of Sciences

NDRRMC warns against floods, landslides in Chedeng areas

Apr 04, 2015 - 11:54 PM

Residents of Aurora Isabela and Cagayan are advised to take the necessary precautions

Philex eyes Padcal extension with add'l minerals found

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:26 PM

The Manuel V Pangilinan led firm says it found an additional 110 9 million tons of mineral resources – a find that could extend the mine’s life beyond 2020

Lessons from Guinsaugon: How do landslides happen?

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:00 AM

UPDATED The landslide that buried the village of Guinsaugon in Saint Bernard Southern Leyte could not have been prevented But understanding the science behind landslides and using the knowledge for planning and coordinating community action could prevent loss of lives in the future

9 years after the landslide, how is Guinsaugon?

Feb 15, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Survivors of the mudslide have moved on But rebuilding in an area that is highly vulnerable to natural hazards remains a challenge

RECOVERY. The portion of Mt Can-abag that collapsed and buried Barangay Guinsaugon 9 years ago is still visible. Now, the former landslide site in Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte is being used for farming.

3 mining firms to pay Zambales farmers P3.2M

Jan 22, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Farmers will be compensated for their damaged lots due to nickel laterite operations in the province

MVP to gov't: Be kinder to mining

Nov 15, 2014 - 8:24 PM

Pangilinan says the mining industry faces more difficult times ahead

Gov’t lifts suspension on Philex’s Padcal mine

Aug 28, 2014 - 3:00 PM

The mining company has ‘substantially addressed’ the adverse impacts of the disastrous spill of mining sediments in Benguet in August 2012 says the Mines and Geosciences Bureau

REHAB MEASURES. A Philex Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo from Philex

3,000 Zambales mine workers fear loss of jobs

Aug 19, 2014 - 7:18 PM

Government experts found that the operations of 4 mining firms were causing nickel siltation in rivers farmlands fishponds and the sea in Sta Cruz town

PROTEST. Members of Mine Workers, Families, and Community CMWFC stage a protest rally to get support from local officials to lift the suspension order that the DENR issued against the 4 mining companies in Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Photo from Randy Datu

4 mining firms suspended over ‘unsystematic’ methods

Jul 24, 2014 - 4:46 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau ordered the companies to implement maintenance measures during the suspension of their operations in Central Luzon

Draft bill for new mining tax regime finalized

Jun 02, 2014 - 7:00 AM

In the draft companies either pay 10 tax on gross revenues or 45 55 tax on adjusted mining revenues

MINING REFORM. Photo shows a visualization of the Tampakan mining site by Parsons Brinckerhoff for Swiss miner Xstrata

After Yolanda: The straight road to recovery

May 07, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Politics contributes and continues to affect the recovery in Leyte and Samar but it would be a serious mistake if we simplify those failures through a distorted analysis based on blame

2013 mining investments exceed projections – MGB

Apr 28, 2014 - 3:20 AM

The country s mining sector received 1 311 billion in investments in 2013

A Philex Mining Corporation staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the company's mine in Benguet. Photo provided by Philex

#CaloyPH: Hazards in affected provinces

Mar 21, 2014 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED This map shows which areas along Caloy’s track are susceptible to floods and landslides

DENR raids illegal mining plant in CamNorte

Feb 09, 2014 - 5:06 PM

An MGB NBI team raids a mining plant of Bo Hai Top Mining in Labo Camarines Norte for operating without a permit

PH metal output value falls on low prices

Dec 30, 2013 - 6:15 PM

Reduced demand from China has resulted in weak world prices of metals badly affecting metal production in the country

A NOT SO GOLDEN YEAR. Gold metal production makes up 33% of total metal production value in the Philippines for the first 9 months of 2013

Mamanwa tribe perform ritual to lift mine suspension order

Dec 05, 2013 - 3:37 PM

They say the stopped operations has led to loss of livelihood and money for education and health programs

RITUAL. A Mamanwa native priest performs a ritual called 'padugo' which includes the slaughtering of a native pig, incantations and drinking pig's blood with a local wine in order to cast away 'evil' spirits 'clouding the judgement' of DENR officials. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

MGB allots P400M for completion of geohazard maps by 2014

Dec 01, 2013 - 12:32 AM

Part of the budget for 2014 will also be used to procure 15 new ground penetrating radars that will map geohazard zones

Leyte reconstruction: MGB maps 'no build zones'

Nov 24, 2013 - 10:15 AM

A team of geologists will be sent to Leyte to map where developments are threatened by landslides flooding or storm surges

DENR calls for preemptive evacuation ahead of Zoraida

Nov 12, 2013 - 9:28 AM

DENR Secretary Ramon Paje warns that the volume of water brought by typhoon Zoraida might aggravate soil conditions already strained by typhoon Yolanda and could lead to landslides

DEVASTATION. A barangay hall swept by winds caused by typhoon Yolanda in Iloilo. Photo by AFP/Tara Yap

Lessons from Bohol: Resilience is Key (Part 2)

Oct 20, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Resilience is key to overcoming the challenges of disasters

Lessons from the Bohol disaster: Part 1

Oct 20, 2013 - 12:55 AM

The Visayas earthquake is once again the best argument for an independent national disaster agency

Gov't geologists to map Bohol sinkholes

Oct 18, 2013 - 6:47 PM

The results of the mapping will be the local government units reference in issuing warnings to residents says Mines and Geoscience Bureau s Leo Jasareno

MGB opposes proposed single tax scheme for mining

Sep 03, 2013 - 12:24 AM

MGB Director Leo Jasareno says the tax scheme being eyed will result in lower government share in mining revenues

Govt allows Philex to continue operations

Jul 05, 2013 - 6:54 PM

UPDATED The country s biggest gold producer is allowed to continue temporary operations in Benguet mountain province while regulators review rehabilitation plans for mine s damaged tailing dam

MINE SPILL. A Philex Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo provided by Philex

No sinkhole in Zambales - expert

Jun 28, 2013 - 9:34 PM

Experts say there is no sinkhole in Zambales

NO SINKHOLE. Experts say there is no sinkhole in Zambales. Photo by Randy Datu

DENR to study 'sinkhole' in Zambales

Jun 25, 2013 - 11:42 AM

Geologists sent by the government in the area are studying the rock formations along the beach

Photo by Randy Datu

MGB suspends Surigao Norte firm's mineral processing

Jun 10, 2013 - 2:21 PM

The agency found a tension crack in the miner s tailings storage facility in the province

SUSPENDED. The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) suspends operations of gold miner Greenstone in Surigao del Norte due to a "tension crack" in its site.

Gov't revises 2013 mining targets

Apr 22, 2013 - 9:17 AM

The lifting of moratorium on new mining permit applications led the government to revise anew its investment projections

EO 79 was issued by President Benigno Aquino III on July 6, 2012

Ban on new mining permits ends

Mar 15, 2013 - 4:36 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau MGB will start accepting applications for mining permits excluding MPSAs beginning on March 18

Philex to resume Padcal operations by March 8

Mar 07, 2013 - 6:21 PM

After about 8 months since the Padcal gold and copper mine was shut Philex Mining Corp is set to resume temporary operations by midnight March 8

MINE SPILL. A Philex  Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo provided by Philex

Govt allows Philex to resume mining operations

Feb 27, 2013 - 12:35 AM

Philex Mining can resume its gold copper mine operations in Benguet mountain province for up to 4 months

MINE SPILL. A Philex  Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo provided by Philex