In line with the Orientation Workshop on the New Policies of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) conducted on July 31 – August 4, 2018 at the Hotel Rembrandt, Quezon City, an orientation seminar on the Memorandum Circular No. 01-2018 or Guidelines in the Conduct of Apprehension, Seizure, Confiscation and Disposition of Illegally Sourced Minerals/Mineral Products and By-Products, Tools, Conveyances and Equipment Used of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau was conducted by MGB IV CALABARZON led by RD Samuel T. Paragas on September 4 – 5, 2018 at the Estancia de Lorenzo Farm Resort and Events Venue, Gulod Malaya, San Mateo, Rizal.

Attendees of the said seminar were representatives from the DENR CALABARZON Region, including the Division and Section Chiefs, PENROs and CENROs of the region, and the embedded technical personnel. Also, Atty. Maria Paz G. Luna, Regional Executive Director; and Atty. Danilo U. Uykieng, MGB Assistant Director graced the seminar. Topics discussed in the seminar include – National and Local Situation of Mining of the Region, Investigation, Documentation, and Evidence Gathering, and the MGB MC No. 2018-01 and were discussed by Atty. Josephine V. Sescon, OIC, Legal Service Division, MGB CO; Ms. Diory Carr, Legal Researcher, MGB CO; and Atty. Rex C. Sagauinit, Legal, MGB CALABARZON. Participants also had the chance to simulate the actual process in relation to the cases distributed on the conduct of apprehension, confiscation, and seizure of illegally sourced minerals and mineral products.

The seminar aims to update the participants on the new policy guidelines in the apprehension, confiscation and disposition of illegally sourced minerals, and to enforce uniform and proper implementation of laws, rules, and regulations.

Regional Director Samuel T. Paragas, giving his opening message

Participants of the Workshop on Memorandum Circular 2018-01 of the MGB

Simulation of the participants on the actual conduct of apprehension, confiscation and seizure of illegally transported minerals


by: Philippe Michael T. Granada       |    20 September 2018