Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

Philex agrees to pay P1-B fine for Padcal accident

Jan 16, 2013 - 4:58 PM

The company says it will work closely with the MGB on this

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

Gold miner wants to extend exploration in Masapelid

Dec 31, 2012 - 3:53 PM

The company s MPSA is now on its 21st year but no ore has been discovered by the firm yet

Gov't to expand limestone quarry areas

Dec 30, 2012 - 7:35 PM

The government reviews the applications of cement companies for the expansion of limestone quarry areas

MVP-led Philex to spend P1-B for Padcal rehab, clean-up

Nov 24, 2012 - 7:02 PM

Pangilinan led mining firm Philex Mining will spend P1 06 billion for rehabilitation and clean up efforts at its copper gold mine in Padcal Benguet

2012 mining targets revised as investments drop

Nov 18, 2012 - 3:33 AM

Mining investments declined to US 160 million in the first 6 months of 2012 from 309 31 million registered a year ago prompting the government to revise full year targets

Philex secures P2-B loan for Padcal, Silangan projects

Nov 10, 2012 - 3:14 PM

Pangilinan led Philex Mining secured a P2 1 billion loan to fund the capital expenditures of its Padcal mine in Benguet and its Silangan project in Surigao del Norte

Why Philippines is pursuing EITI compliance in mining

Sep 30, 2012 - 12:12 AM

With the issuance of EO 79 the Philippines aims to become compliant with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative