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Bureau Dir. Jasareno & RD Ancheta awards FCF Minerals Corp.

MGB R02 Awards FCF Minerals Corp

MGB R02 awarded certificate of Commendation to FCF Minerals Corporation after achieving 1 million manhours without lost time accident from September 1, 2009 to September 18, 2010. This has been validated by the Mining Environment and Safety Division headed by its Division Chief, Engineer Rommel Amogan.

The award was given during the National Management Conference and Christmas Party of MGB R02 by the Bureau Director himself, Leo L. Jasareno and Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta at the Narrec Hall, DENR R02 on December 1, 2010.

FCF Minerals Corporation is a holder of a Financial & Technical Assistance Agreement under the Gold-Molybdenum Project situated at Barangay Runruno, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya.



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DENR-MGB R02 Regional Task Force Acts on the Reported Resumption of Dredging Operation

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. 02 Regional Task Force immediately dispatched at Barangay Catayauan, Lal-lo, Cagayan on January 20 to 23, 2009 after a report thru SMS messaging by Rev. Fr. Pio Rino L. Guaring, Director/Principal of Lyceum of Lal-lo, that the dredging operation in the area had resumed despite the Cease and Desist Order issued by the MGB and Environmental Management Bureau (MGB), R02 last year.

 

The team headed by Mr. Socrates Bosi, Legal Officer of MGB R02, together with Mining Engr. Geoffrey V. Prado, Andrews de Austria and Jose Delos Santos proceeded first at the Lyceum of Lal-lo to talk to Fr. Guaring regarding his allegation but he was not around for an official trip in Manila. In lieu with the Principal, the Registrar of the said school assigned two residents of Lal-lo to accompany the team in its investigation.

 

At the site of dredging operation, the team were able to talk to Mr. Florante Paat, the representative of San You Philippines Mining Trade, a Chinese firm that entered a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Government Unit of Lal-lo. According to Paat, the dredging equipment/vessels were docked since October last year and that no activity of dredging and processing has been done since the issuance of the CDO. He also claimed that the Chinese operators and crews went home in China for the celebration of the Chinese New Year and that they did not yet come back.

 

After the interview with Paat, the team also inspected the stockpiled magnetite sand in the said area but it noted that there was no increase in the volume as when last visited last year. What caught the attention of the team was the 2 stockpile of manganese ore that were covered with canvass. Investigation revealed that it came from the small-scale mining area at Sitio Mammit, Dagupan, Lal-lo, Cagayan.

 

The team then advised the representative of the Chinese mining firm that the CDO has not been lifted and still in effect and that the dredging equipment/vessels and the magnetic processing plant shall remain inactive.

 

While the team was in the area, and due to some allegations of illegal extraction of magnetite sand, they also included in their monitoring the dredging operation at Barangays Gen. Batalla, Camalaniugan that was also issued a CDO and the alleged illegal extraction and magnetite processing at Barangay Dodan, Aparri, Cagayan. They found out that Shaitan Cagayan Sand and Gravel Corporation operating in the former has stopped since the issuance of the CDO. The same thing with the latter that also stopped but stockpile of processed magnetite sand of more or less 3,000 metric tons was observed in the area. According to Engr. Purdine Lim who owned the magnetite processing plant, they were allowed to operate the processing plant for a dry test. He even claimed that the Municipal Mayor of Aparri issued a temporary business permit last November 2008 to a small-scale mining permittee at the Dodan, Aparri.

 

They were then advised by the team not to operate until such time that they secure a Mineral Processing Permit, Environmental Compliance Certificate, Certificate of Electrical Inspection of the processing plant and the Permit to Operate. (MGB-R02 MIAC-IEC Section)

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