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MGB IV-B Regional Director Roland De Jesus Meets with Executives of Puerto Princesa City on PQMI Rehabilitation Program

By: Engr. Markus Peter Q. Mantubig

pqmi On February 18, 2016 at the New City Hall Building of Puerto Princesa City, Regional Director Roland A. De Jesus of the Mines Geosciences Bureau (MGB) - Region IVB had a dialogue with the officials of the City Government of Puerto Princesa (CGPP) regarding the rehabilitation project of Palawan Quicksilver Mines, Inc. (PQMI) being undertaken jointly by MGB-IVB and CGPP.

PQMI was previously declared as one of the high-risk abandoned mining sites in the country by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

In attendance in the said meeting were the following officials of the CGPP: Atty. Elena M. Vergara-Rodriguez, City Administrator; Atty. Carlo B. Gomez, City ENRO; Atty. Philip Jerome J. Hilario, Asst. City Legal Officer; Rosalia B. Ortiz, Asst. City Accountant; Engr. Alberto P. Jimenez Jr., Acting City Engineer; Jerry T. Directo and Aries S. Grande, City Engineers; and Ramon R. Palanca, Admin Asst. II. On the other hand, RD De Jesus was accompanied by his technical staff, namely: Engineers Alvin Requimin and Markus Peter Mantubig, and Information Officer Julie Anne Balanag.

Engr. Requimin updated the body on the progress of the PQMI Project, focusing on the coordination being made between MGB-IVB and CGPP to carry out such an ambitious undertaking that aims to rehabilitate the abandoned mercury mine site located in Brgy. Sta. Lourdes, Puerto Princesa City and to eliminate environmental hazards with the end view of transforming the area into an eco-tourism destination. RD De Jesus also introduced to the forum Engr. Mantubig as the focal person of the MGB tasked to help oversee the successful implementation of the project.

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Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) entered into by and between Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron and RD De Jesus, actually started with the groundwork on the 3rd Quarter of last year.

As provided for in the said MOA, MGB will provide funds for the project in the amount of PhP15Million spread over three (3) years for the following activities: 1.) Outer Fencing; 2.) Inner Fencing; and 3.) Slope Protection, Vegetation and Construction of 3-meter “hike-jog-bike” pathway with park lighting.

To date, the CGPP has disbursed about 83% of the fund allotted for the 1st year of the 3-phases for the fencing of the 1.2 km periphery of the pit-lake.

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