(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 22 October 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 525 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (11.5°N, 130.5°E) embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao. Caraga Region will have Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to ITCZ / Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming Northeast to Northwest will prevail with Slight to Moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.5 meters).



Tuesday, August 3, 2021

MGB, partners join 2021 environment month celebration

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte -- Amidst the continuous threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Office 13 and the Caraga Mine Environmental Management Council, Inc. recently spearheaded the 2021 Environment Month Celebration Culmination Program of the Caraga Minerals Industry via Zoom platform.

This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme, “Sama-samang Pagkilos, Sama-samang Paghilom. Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan."

In his message, MGB-13 OIC-Regional Director Larry M. Heradez enjoined everyone to be inspired by the national government’s pursuit of development which is anchored on the commitment to "Malasakit at Pagbabago" or True Compassion and Real Change by taking initiatives, making eco-friendly choices, and raising the voices to intensify awareness of environmental issues and concerns and create an impact that will eventually lead to nature’s restoration.

Heradez also highlighted the environmental protection and enhancement efforts of the Caraga mineral industry as well as its all-out support to the government’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He expressed his hopes that the virtual celebration will inspire all participants to constantly work together for authentic socioeconomic and environmental transformation that will lead to the enrichment of human life.

On his part, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo mentioned the various activities of the recently concluded 2021 Environment Month Celebration which again reminded everyone of the importance of environment and natural resources in the lives of people. 

“We should always keep in mind that every day is Environment Day.  And this year’s theme basically calls for a collective action and a united movement which shows that in working together we could create ripples of effect that would lead to the earth’s healing. We can all be part of the solution.   And as our Secretary kept on saying, we should be one with nature,” Dir. Tamayo said.

He appreciated the Environment Month Celebration of the MGB-13 and the Caraga minerals industry and commended the reforestation efforts of the mining companies in support of the DENR projects. 

“Our mandate to protect and conserve our environment and natural resources is such a gargantuan task.  We need the participation of as many people as there are for us to achieve the mandates of our department.  And if we work together, we can achieve an unimaginable outcome. Nothing is impossible if we work together for the betterment of our environment and natural resources not only for this present but also for the future generation,” Tamayo added.

As part of the program’s environmental protection efforts and in support of DENR programs, Senior Environmental Management Specialist Forester Enjie Pacillos-CaƱete gave a very engaging  presentation on Ecological Solid Waste Management Program.                         

Meanwhile, the celebration also encouraged the mining companies and host communities to take sustainable and progressive actions for the environment and move forward to its restoration through the Green Musings Photography and Environmental Message Competition and Proudly Caraganon Commercial Making Competition

The Green Musings Competition encouraged the participants to nurture their visual talents, creativity, and communication skills while promoting and advocating sustainable mining and environmental protection in support of the Tayo ang Kalikasan (TAK) campaign of the DENR. 

While the proudly Caraganon competition was aimed to tap the creative potentials of participants to campaign for authentic social development and environmental protection initiatives of the company.

The winners for the Green Musings Photography and Environmental Message Competition were Greenstone Resources Corporation-1st place, Philsaga Mining Corporation-2nd place and Hinatuan Mining Corporation-3rd place.

For Proudly Caraganon Commercial Making Competition, 1st place went to Cagdianao Mining Corporation (Isla Valencia), 2nd place was awarded to Taganito Mining Corporation (Caspia for a Greener and Healthier Claver), and 3rd place went to Philsaga Mining Corporation (Women Weaves of Consuelo).  (Queeniebeth L. Plaza, MGB-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)