The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) celebrated its 121st anniversary on November 29, 2019. With the theme, “#MineResponsibility: A Commitment”, the MGB Regional Office No. IV CALABARZON conducted a bamboo planting activity at the Gozon Development Corporation located in Antipolo City, Rizal.

Before being called the MGB under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), it underwent many names in its 121 years of existence.

Name Date/Period Remarks
1 Inspeccion General De Minas 1896
Spanish Regime
The first account of an agency regulating the mining industry
2 Mines Section November 29, 1898
Philippine Revolutionary Government
Existed together with the Mountains Section under the Industry and Agriculture Division of the Department of Public Welfare
3 Mining Bureau March 10, 1900
American Regime
By virtue of General Order No. 31
4 Division of Geology and Mines 1905 Merged with the Bureau of Government Laboratories to form the Division of Geology and Mines under the Bureau of Science
5 Division of Mineral Resources January 25, 1933 By virtue of Memorandum No. 5
Merged with the Mineral Lands Division of the Bureau of Lands to form the Division of Mineral Resources under the Department of Agriculture and Commerce
6 Division of Mines 1934 Placed again under the Bureau of Science
7 Bureau of Mines November 7, 1936

January 30, 1942

By virtue of the Commonwealth Act 136

By virtue of Executive Order (E.O.) No. 1, the Bureau was reconstituted under the Department of Agriculture and Commerce

8 Division of Mines 1944
Puppet Philippine Republic
Shrunk into a division under the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR)
9 Bureau of Mines Post World War II Era DANR was split into two departments: Department of Agriculture (DA) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The bureau was placed under the DNR.
10 Bureau of Mines and Geosciences 1978 Pursuant to Presidential Decree (P.D.) 1281 and 1654
11 Mines and Geosciences Bureau 1987 Pursuant to E.O. 192 (Reorganization of the DENR)

Even with the changes in its name, the MGB kept its mandate of being the primary government agency responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country’s mineral resources as stated in the Republic Act 7942, otherwise known as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.

Through activities such as bamboo planting in addition to Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns, the MGB IV CALABARZON upholds its advocacy to promote environmental awareness and restoration in the region.


Photos 1. Banners used for the celebration of MGB’s 121st Founding Anniversary
Photo 2. Regional Director Samuel T. Paragas opens the bamboo planting activity
Photos 3. MGB IV CALABARZON personnel during the bamboo planting activity
Photos 4. Participants from MGB IV CALABARZON and Gozon Development Corporation

by : Engr. Patrizia S. Benedicto                      |     12 December 2019