The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. IV CALABARZON with the assistance of Rizal-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office Patrol Sector in Baras/Tanay, Rizal conducted a reconnaissance activity on 26 May 2022 in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape near Masungi Georeserve to check possible signs of illegal quarrying operations, i.e., earthmoving activities.

It was found out that the only notable earthmoving activity in the subject area is the subdivision development of Sta. Lucia Land, Inc. at Palo Alto Subdivision, Brgy. Pinugay, Baras, Rizal, which is covered by Development Permit issued by the Local Government Unit of Baras and pertinent Environmental Compliance Certificate.

The said subdivision development covers a total project area of 3,581,591 square meters based on Development Permit No. 00-1218-003 issued on 22 December 2000 by the Municipal Government of Baras. The coordinates (14°36’12.121”N, 121°18’27.775”E) taken in the development area through geotagged photos show that the land development is approximately 50 meters from the nearest boundary of the Masungi Geopark Project.

It was further determined that the contract areas under Mineral Production Sharing Agreements granted to Rapid City Realty and Development Corporation, Quarry Rock Group, Inc., and Quimzon Limestone, Inc. remain idle with no traces of any mining or exploration activities.


The subdivision development observed from Marilaque Highway along Garden Cottages in Tanay, Rizal.

30 May 2022