In an interview with Mr. Ted Failon and Ms. Czarina Balba-Guevara aka DJ Chacha, hosts of Ted Failon at DJ Chacha sa Radyo5 segment of Radyo5 92.3 News FM, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office (MGB RO) No. IV CALABARZON’s Director Dondi M. Sarmiento dismissed the claims that there are illegal quarrying activities within Masungi Geopark Project.

Mr. D. M. Sarmiento ascertained that the Contract Areas covered by Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) Nos. 112-98-IV, 126-98-IV, and 137-99-IV remain idle, with no traces of any development/mining/exploration activities. He pointed out that the said MPSAs are no longer operational since 2003.

Moreover, he highlighted that based on field investigations conducted by this Office, the only notable earthmoving activities, which may be construed as mining activities, are the activities by Sta. Lucia Realty and Development, Inc. for the purpose of development of the Palo Alto Subdivision.

With regard to the joint manifesto of several mayors and other local officials urging the Government to immediately rescind the three MPSAs, Mr. D. M. Sarmiento stressed that MGB RO No. IV CALABARZON is barred from issuing further comment(s) in excess of what the Office has already given, considering that the decision on the matter is already within the jurisdiction of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary.

The issuance of Memorandum Order No. 2020-01 by the Provincial Government of Rizal, ordering the stoppage of all quarry operations and related activities in the Province, was also touched on. Mr. D. M. Sarmiento clarified that the mining operations under the MPSAs granted by DENR and the Mineral Processing Permits issued by this Office are not included in the said Order.

Other topics tackled during the dialogue included the key findings of the DENR relative to the flooding caused by typhoons that submerged low lying areas in Marikina and Municipalities of San Mateo and Rodriguez, Rizal, and the legal issuance/grant of the three MPSAs.


RD Sarmiento interviewed in the Ted Failon DJ Chacha Radyo sa Singko News Program

RD Sarmiento interviewed in the Ted Failon DJ Chacha Radyo sa Singko News Program

August 02, 2022