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September 29, 2021

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. VIII (MGBRO VIII) has a declared mineral reservation: Samar Bauxite Mineral Reservation (SBMR) located in Samar Island. It is composed of eight (8) parcels with a total land area of about 210, 589 hectares. The declared areas are in Northern Samar, Samar and Eastern Samar Provinces.

The Parcels were declared as Mineral Reservation in 1977 during the time of President Ferdinand E. Marcos under Proclamation No. 1615 with a reserve of about 20, 511, 600 Metric Tons.

 Tuonan, M., Luz, L., Eumague. Jr.,A.  (2021) Samar Bauxite Mineral Reservation (SBMR) Parcel D. Progress Report.

Table 1. Parcels of Samar Bauxite Mineral Reservation

Declared MRP Parcels

Municipality

Province

Land Area (Hectares)

Proposed New Area (Hectares)

Parcel A

Laoang

Northern Samar

7, 016.10

 

Parcel B

Matuginao

Samar

36, 410.60

 

San Jose De Buan

Samar

 

Gandara

Samar

 

San Jorge

Samar

 

Jiabong

Samar

 

Parcel C

Maslog

Eastern Samar

21, 137.50

 

Jipapad

Eastern Samar

 

San Jose de Buan

Samar

 

Parcel D

Motiong

Samar

14, 067

 

Paranas

Samar

 

Parcel E

Hinabangan

Samar

46, 203.90

 

Calbiga

Samar

 

Pinabacdao

Samar

 

Basey

Samar

 

Maydolong

Eastern Samar

 

Parcel F

Lawaan

Eastern Samar

34, 014.40

 

Marabut

Samar

Basey

Samar

Parcel G

Balangkayan

Eastern Samar

6715.05

 

Borongan

Eastern Samar

Maydolong

Eastern Samar

Parcel H

Guiuan

Eastern Samar

45024.50

 

Mercedes

Eastern Samar

Salcedo

Eastern Samar

One of the core projects of MGB Region 8 is the Mineral Reservation Program which aims to evaluate and conduct enhancement for the reported bauxite mineralization. For the year 2021, the MGB Region 8 has 0ne (1) target: Parcel D located in the municipalities of Paranas and Motiong and some portion of Jiabong all in the Province of Samar.

The enhancement was done through three (3) phases: First is the pre-fieldwork phase involving literature research of previous works on the study area. The second phase is the actual fieldwork which is the grab sampling or test pitting. The last phase of the study is the finalization of the database and the preparation of samples (drying) subject for laboratory analysis.

For the year 2021, MGB Regional Office No. 8 has one (1) target parcel in the SBMR, Parcel D, located in the municipalities of Paranas, Motiong and some portion of Jiabong, province of Samar. The first fieldwork was conducted in the municipality of Paranas last June 16 - July 10, 2021. 

The continuation of the fieldwork in Paranas and the remaining municipalities of  Motiong and some portion of Jiabong, commenced last September 22, 2021 until October 15, 2021.

The  continuation of the activities for Parcel D in SBMR will be  conducted by technical personnel from the Geosciences Division of MGB RO8 led by Celestina U. Carranza (OIC-Geosciences Division),  Mariel B. Tuonan (Senior Geologist), Ennah Marie Ambe (Geologist II), and  Leandrew L. Luz (Geologist).

The result of this program is intended to determine the value of mineral deposits in the said reservation for a possible mining exploration subject, however, to the existing area of the Samar Island Natural Park.