‘Floods in Aparri town not caused by black sand mining’- MGB
by Lyndee Rose S. Basilio
TUGUEGARAO CITY, CAGAYAN- On allegation that black sand mining is still in place here in Cagayan, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region 02 assured that all black sand mining operations are already suspended indefinitely due to violations and compliance to Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) Resolution No. 4 calling for the adoption of measures to immediately address black sand mining operations not only in the region but in the entire country.
PNP Regional Command and MGB Regional Task Force Stop Illegal Mining Operation
The Philippine National Police Regional Command headed by RPSB Commander P/Supt. Reiner Medina, a deputized Mining Officer, raided an illegal mining operation at Baua, Gonzaga, Cagayan on or about 3 o’clock in the morning of June 16, 2014. Caught in the act of processing magnetite sand without permit is a certain Sigma Rock Corporation.
After the information reached Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta, he immediately dispatched members of the Regional Task Force led by Assistant Team Leader Socrates L. Bosi in the area for proper disposition of the confiscated pieces of equipment.
GSD CHIEF EDUCATES LGU OFFICERS ON UNDERSTANDING GEOHAZARD MAPS
On a Seminar Workshop on Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment and the formulation of the Local Climate Change Action Plan held at JAPI Traveller's Hotel, Cauayan City, Isabela, last September 3-5, 2014, "Understanding Geohazard Maps and Spatial Data", was extensively discussed and lectured by Chief Geologist Felicitas V. Piligan before the LGU Officers of the Province of Isabela. The 55 participants included Municipal Local Government Operations Officers, Municipal Planning and Development Officers, Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers and Municipal Social Worker Development Officers among others . With the aim of increasing the awareness and preparedness of the LGUs on various natural hazards, as well as to inform the public on the proper use of the geohazard maps, Chief Geologist, FV Piligan thoroughly explained the geohazard maps indicating which areas are prone to natural hazards like landslides, flooding and ground subsidence. According to her, “though geohazards cannot be totally prevented, their impact on people and the environment may be lessened or mitigated with proper information and dissemination”.The seminar workshop was sponsored by Department of Interior and Local Government Regional Office No.02 as part of their mandate to assist the Local Government Units in the formulation, planning and implementation of the (LGUs) local climate change action plans in their respective areas of jurisdiction. #imee gatan agaloos