Mines and Geosciences Bureau X Regional Director (seated 1st first, right side) discussed to Holcim Resources Development Corporation (HRDC) Manager, Engr. Tito Mendoza (seated second, left side) the Suspension of all Quarry operations in Regions l, lll, CALABARZON, V, Vll, X Xl and Xlll as per Memorandum letter of MGB Directior Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano dated September 21, 2018, and as per order from the DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu.
The suspension was in view of the recent landslide incidents in Itogon, Benguet and Naga City, Cebu that resulted to the deaths and missing persons, and damages to properties of communities near mining/quarry operations. The secretary has instructed identified MGB Regional Offices to conduct an immediate safety inspection and Geohazard assessment of the communities near the mining/quarry operations under their area of jurisdiction to prevent similar landslide incidents.
MGB X immediately dispatched a composite team of geologists, mining engineers and MMT Team Leaders from MGB X, HRDC, Republic Cement Iligan, Inc. (RCII), Republic Mindanao Cement, Inc. (RCMI) and Maria Cristina Inc. to conduct the said safety and Geohazard assessment.
The result of the said assessment will be the basis for the lifting of the temporary suspension ordered by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to all quarry operations.