Sec. Lopez’s delegation was welcomed by the officers of the two companies based in Rio Tuba, members of the Indigenous Peoples Development Organization, officials of the LGU of Rio Tuba, and selected school children.

With no time to spare, the group headed straight to the COMREL Information Center where an exhibit of the companies’ milestones, awards, Social Development Management Programs (SDMP) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of both companies were being displayed. A short meeting ensued where the companies presented an overview of their operations, environmental protection activities, and SDMP accomplishments. This was followed by a tree planting activity in front of the center.

Sec. Lopez and party then visited the RTNFI Hospital and Leonides S. Virata Memorial School (LSVMS), observed the ongoing mining operation of RTNMC, and visited the GP-4 Rehabilitation Project Area of RTNMC and Tailings Storage Facility No.1 Rehabilitation Project of CBNC.

By afternoon, the group proceeded to visit Sitio Bongkol-Bongkol where Sec. Lopez entered one of the Gawad Kalinga house and spoke with the owner. While in GK Bongkol-Bongkol, the group witnessed the opening and blessing of the Bongkol-Bongkol Cultural Artifacts Center that was part of the 2016 ASDMP of CBNC and RTNMC. Last in the itinerary was the causeway area where Sec. Lopez observed the fish pen established by CBNC, a bio-indicator project.

Before leaving the mine site, Sec. Lopez gave her overall impression of the operations of RTNMC and CBNC in an impromptu dialogue at the RTN’s Guest Lodge, quoting:

“Your SDMP and your people do seem really happy. I feel that in my experience. Sa experience ko in doing any kind of development work is if you have a model, what you are saying is pwede pala, kaya pala natin and this sets the bar and Leo who has handled the MGB for six (6) years and has been with DENR for 38 years had said, Ma’am you know this is really the best,” she said.

She further commended the two companies for the rehabilitation works that they have conducted and expressed her interest of working together with them to create a bigger impact in the community, which will happen if the government and companies communicate with each other.

“And I want to let you know that I would like to work together with you to make an even bigger difference in the whole area. I asked Gerry, is it ok if we work with you, with your SDMP funds na talagang pagbutihan, develop the ability of the community to make money, which is independent of the mine site. Then you’re developing the economic potential of the area, not just dependent on you. I feel that is where you want to go so that if one day you stop then this thing just goes on. I just want to say that in my experience in doing development work, the best development work is if we communicate with each other,” she added.

In the end, she concluded that as long as the company and the government were in the same page then this can go a long way.

Arrival of MGB MIMAROPA Regional Director Roland de Jesus, SMMPH Dir. Takanori Fujimura, NAC SVP and COO Jose B. Anievas and MGB Central Office MSESSD Chief Rodolfo L. Velasco Jr.

Students warmly welcomed the DENR Secretary Lopez who arrived together with former MGB Dir. Leo L. Jasareno, NAC President and CEO Gerard H. Brimo, NAC SVP for Marketing and Strategic Planning Martin G. Zamora and SMM Director and Managing Executive Officer Takeshi Kubota.

Secretary Lopez at the exhibit

The group listening intently at the presentation during the meeting

Secretary Lopez participating in the tree planting activity


At the RTNFI Hospital

Students eagerly waiting for the DENR Secretary

LSVMS Principal welcomes the Secretary

At the TSF No.1 rehabilitation site of CBNC

Walking along the Flower and Butterfly Garden inside the decommissioned TSF No.1

Secretary Lopez talks candidly with a house owner at GK Bongkol-Bongkol


GK Bongkol-Bongkol children sang a song to the visitors

Opening and blessing of Bongkol-Bongkol Cultural Artifacts Center

Dialogue with members of the community at the hangar

Photo Release


MGB MIMAROPA Regional Director turnover ceremony held

Outgoing MGB MIMAROPA Regional Director Engr. Glenn Marcelo C. Noble and incoming OIC Regional Director Dr. Edwin M. Mojares during the turnover ceremony.


The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) MIMAROPA Region officially welcomed its new OIC Regional Director, Dr. Edwin M. Mojares, in a hybrid turnover ceremony, January 14.

This comes following the designation of outgoing MGB MIMAROPA Regional Director, Engr. Glenn Marcelo C. Noble, as OIC Director of the Policy and Planning Service in...

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MGB authorizes mining firms to realign funds to aid communities hit by Typhoon ‘Odette’

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) tapped mining companies in the country to extend assistance to affected communities following the onslaught of Typhoon “Odette.”

Pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 2021-011, “Realignment of Social Development and Management Program’s Unutilized Funds to Support Affected Impact and Non-Impact Communities due to Typhoon Odette” dated December 20, 2021, all MGB Regional Offices are being authorized to allow the realignment of the mining companies’...

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2021 Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award Palawan mines recognized for environmental protection, mine safety efforts

Palawan mining and mineral processing firms were recognized for their environmentally and socially responsible operations as they were hailed winners of the 2021 Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA), Best Mining Forest Contest, and Safest Mines Awards.

The awards, conferred during the November 26 hybrid awarding ceremony, are in recognition of the initiatives and exemplary achievements in terms of safety and health, environmental management, reforestation, and social...

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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) MIMAROPA Region will implement reduced workforce until January 21, 2022 amid stricter Alert Level 3 restrictions, and due to some employees who were either confirmed or exposed to COVID-19. 

In this regard, clients are strongly encouraged to transact/submit their applications, reportorial requirements, and other requests online via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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IN PHOTOS: MGB MIMAROPA holds 2021 Year-End Assessment

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) MIMAROPA Region held its annual Year-End Assessment to assess the accomplishment of programs and activities of the Regional Office, and its technical personnel embedded in Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices in the five MIMAROPA provinces for CY 2021, December 21.