Mines Bureau Conducts Investigation on Sinkhole Collapse Incident in Calayan
MGB ROII Senior Geologist Jeremiah G. Caido said that the Bureau conducted an investigation in response to the request letter of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Calayan and situational reports of the Calayan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
The sinkhole collapse occurred in front of partially constructed residential house in Brgy. Magsidel on February 24, 2023.
According to Franklin Orel, owner of the residential house, his son was parking his sidecar in front of their house when a sinkhole collapsed behind him. The area was also experiencing heavy rainfall on that day when a sinkhole occurred at 4’oclock in the afternoon.
On March 2, the Office of the Civil Defense Region II and LGU Calayan reported the enlargement of the sinkhole with visible surficial manifestations of tension cracks.
At the time of the MGB investigation, the base of the sinkhole was partially filled with water and was observed to rise and recede in response to tidal changes.
The MGB ROII Senior Geologist said that the water level within the sinkhole rises during the high tide and recedes during low tide. This implies it could be connected to an underground stream/conduit leading to Babuyan Channel.
It was further observed that the sinkhole has already progressed towards the adjacent municipal road.
During the field investigation, the team conducted sinkhole inventory within the barangay, interview with residents and barangay officials, and mapping of limestone exposures.
Meanwhile, an exit conference was conducted and attended by Calayan Mayor Joseph Llopis, department heads, staff of LGU Calayan, and affected residents of the Brgy. Magsidel.
Initial findings and recommendations of the geohazard investigation were discussed during the meeting.
The team was composed of Senior Geologist Jeremiah G. Caido and Science Research Specialist Jose Santiago Feril.
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In an effort to guide the mining stakeholders in the development of their Social Development Management Program (SDMP), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region II has recently oriented on Enterprise Development and Networking the three large-scale mining companies in the region namely; Didipio Mine, FCF Minerals Corporation, and Dinapigue Mining Corporation (DMC) at the Casa Jardin, Santiago City in Isabela.
Regional Director Mario Ancheta of MGB Region II in his welcome message said, “The social development and management program is one government initiative to implement and ensure sustainable development in the host and neighboring communities of mining companies. This is a good opportunity to learn from one another, to bench mark our best practices so we can better equip our communities to be sustainable and self-sufficient through enterprise development.”
MGB Region II Senior Science Research Specialist Maribeth Tumaliuan discussed existing policies on SDMP while representatives from mining companies presented their plans, programs, and implementation of their approved SDMPs.
In the orientation, Didipio Mine Community Relations (ComRel) Manager Nerry Langres, Community Development Supervisor Vincent Flores, and Community Development Superintendent Peter Benaires respectively discussed the overview of the SDMP implementation in their host and neighboring communities (HNCs), livelihood updates in communities, and recent social impact assessment of the company’s SDMP.
Moreover, FCF ComRel Superintendent Judy Ann Romero presented the social and impact assessment findings and recommendations of the 1st SDMP for 2017-2022 implementation and the status of the implementation of their program on enterprise development; while DMC ComRel Supervisor Maria Perpetua De la Cruz discussed the development of their HNCs whose project is located at Dinapigue, Isabela.
Meanwhile, DENR Cagayan Valley Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan explained the strategic planning program to enhance the SDMP implementation. She underscored the importance of DENR Administrative Order No. 2010-21 to promote the general welfare of the people in the communities where the mining area is located.
Director Bambalan who initiated the conduct of the event emphasized the SDMP implementation areas of concern of the mining companies such as capacity building on project management, organizational development, entrepreneurship, and skills development and training.
The orientation was also participated in by barangay local government unit councils; representatives from the federations, cooperatives, and community organizations of the HNCs of the respective mining companies; and other DENR and mining personnel.
The participants discussed their views and suggestions during the open forum moderated by MGB R2 Supervising Science Research Specialist Demetrio Corsino.
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