Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic and the temporary suspension of quarry and crushing plant operations in Rizal, the production of non-metallic commodities in CALABARZON for CY 2020 experienced drastic declines and only reached Php 1,802,466,273.00, which is only 49.18% compared to CY 2019. Total sales reached for CY 2020 reached Php 1,516,400,037.00, 65.38% of the total sales for CY 2019.

Affected by the sudden risk of the Coronavirus, mining operations were halted by the Enhanced Community Quarantine enacted on March 16, 2020, and only resumed in the middle of May 2020. In the first half of CY 2020, aggregates production declined by 40% from the 1st to 2nd quarter. Fortunately, production in the second semester was almost twice as much as that in the first semester. Even with the increase, it still failed to make up for the loss earlier in the year. Despite the losses, the mining operators and contractors were able to help in the relief efforts in their respective host and neighboring communities by providing through the unutilized portion of their followed the MGB Memorandum dated March 27, 2020.

On December 2, 2020, a few mining operations in the Rizal province were halted again in accordance with Memorandum Order No. 01, Series of 2020, which temporarily suspended five mineral production sharing agreements (MPSAs) and six mineral processing permits (MPPs) within the coverage of the Marikina River Basin, which drains towards the Marikina River. It is expected that the production of mineral commodities in CALABARZON will increase after said suspensions were lifted.

By : Engr. Philippe Michael Granada               |         21 June 2021