32 illegal loggers apprehended

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 July) — Local authorities apprehended 32 suspected illegal loggers in Davao Region from January to June this year, an environment official said. Victor Billones, officer-in-charge (OIC) of… »

MGB to conduct geological study on coastal erosion in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Feb) – The Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) is set to conduct a comprehensive geological study to determine the real cause and extent of… »

MGB-Caraga wants cease and desist order vs mining firm lifted

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — A mining firm in Surigao del Norte has obtained a recommendation from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Caraga regional office in Surigao City for the… »

GenSan reviews drainage master plan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 June) — The city government has launched a comprehensive review of the city’s drainage master plan to effectively address the flooding problems in parts of the… »

5 Dinagat mining firms don’t have permit to transport ore – MGB

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) –Five of the nine mining companies operating in the province of Dinagat Islands still do not have Ore Transport Permits (OTP) from the Mines… »

MGB-12 to conduct detailed geohazard mapping in 19 more towns

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 January)– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is targeting to cover 19 more municipalities in Region 12 this year… »

MGB-Caraga says will reject dormant mine applicants

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Oct.) —The Mines and Geosciences Bureau-13 has notified at least 20 applicants of mining exploration permits being considered dormant that their applications would be rejected if they… »

Surigao court orders arrest of MGB chief

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – For snubbing a court hearing twice, a Regional Trial Court here has ordered the arrest of Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) acting chief… »

Court orders mining firm to vacate area

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 August) –  The Regional Trial Court in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur has ordered the Shenzhou Mining Group Corporation (SMGC) to vacate the mining area at the boundaries… »

Mining firms in Caraga eye 840 foreign shipments for 2013

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/03 August)—Mining firms are targeting to export 840 shipments of nickel ore and gold deposits from the Caraga region this year, an industry official said. Dulmar Raagas, president… »

2 mining firms in Caraga under close watch

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – Two mining firms in Caraga Region are currently being closely watched by a multisectoral monitoring group – one firm for polluting a river,… »

Sacked MGB subordinate in Caraga sues boss; mining firm also files suit

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 July)— Caraga Region Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) regional director Roger de Dios, who was earlier relieved, has filed an administrative case against his superior, MGB national… »

MGB-12 to provide geohazard maps to LGUs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 is set to distribute copies of geohazard maps to local government units (LGUs)… »

Geohazard mapping done for 19 Soccsksargen areas

Constancio Paye Jr., Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Region 12 director, said Tuesday they are currently finalizing the detailed or 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps for the towns of Magpet in North… »

MGB-13 refuses again to enforce order vs mining firm

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 February) – Saying it wanted to clarify some legal issues first, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Caraga Region had again refused to enforce an almost… »

New Bataan: To relocate or not?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Jan) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) 11 discussed Tuesday whether or not to relocate the entire municipality of New Bataan in Compostela Valley (ComVal)… »

Loren: Geohazard maps should have been blown up, communicated properly

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 January) — Failing to communicate the geo-hazard maps and weather advisories to the provincial and municipal governments led to the tragedy that was Typhoon Pablo, Senator Loren… »

Mining firm in Surigao Norte faces probe by SP

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/06 November) – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Surigao del Norte on Monday voted unanimously to investigate alleged violations by a mining company operating in an island in Placer town,… »

Lake Sebu village unsafe for dwelling – MGB

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 October) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recommended the permanent relocation of residents from an upland… »

Landslides feared in Koronadal villages

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Sept) – Government geologists have declared portions of an upland village in nearby Koronadal City as high-risk areas to landslides, especially during the rainy… »

MGB says it’s not remiss in warning LGUs

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/22 Dec) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mining and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-10) has repeatedly issued warnings of landslides and floods to local government… »

MGB orders stop to illegal mining in San Fernando

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/1 September) – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Northern Mindanao 10 (DENR-10) has ordered a stop of the… »

Pantukan landslide site declared a no-habitation zone

DAVAOCITY (MindaNews/25 April) — The site in Sitio Panganason, Barangay Kingking in Pantukan, Compostela Valley where a landslide occurred Friday has been closed to human occupancy after the local government ordered Sunday the forced relocation within 48 hours of some 30 families living in the area.

MGB junks 15 mining applications in Southwestern Mindanao

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/08 December) —The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Southwestern Mindanao has denied the application of 15 mining companies for failure to comply with the requirements, a top… »

MGB warns folk living in Davao City's landslide-prone areas

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) –The Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) has warned residents living along the slopes of Shrine Hills and along the banks of the Davao River that the areas where they live are unsafe. Beverly Mae Brebante, MGB senior science specialist, said that the slopes of Shrine Hills, where a landslide occurred in 2007, have been among those identified as unsafe in the geohazard survey conducted by the MGB in the region.

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