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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. V (MGB R.O.-V) has conducted in March 2021 an inspection and assessment in 16 suspended quarry operations of sand and gravel (SAG) within the vicinity of Mayon Volcano. The inspection aims to determine the status of the suspended quarry operations in the Province in compliance with the instruction of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to conduct an in-depth investigation on the lahar incident that happened in Barangays San Francisco and Travesia in Guinobatan, Albay during the onslaught of Sty “Rolly” sometime in November 2020.

The inspection team reported that four (4) permittees rehabilitated the area, five (5) of them did not rehabilitate while six (6) has not renewed their permits, but three (3) of the suspended mines are already operating after undertaking rehabilitation measures.

Since these SAG permits were issued by the Province of Albay, the findings and recommendations of the team were indorsed to the issuing LGU for their appropriate action. Moreover, a technical conference among operators is being handled by the EMB-V.

This move is in adherence to the mandate of the office as vigilant steward of the country’s mineral resources in pursuance of the promotion of sustainable mineral resources development through responsible mining.