December 1, 2021
IEC Campaign on Samar Bauxite Mineral Reservation Program in Paranas, Samar on November 16-17, 2021
IEC Campaign on Samar Bauxite Mineral Reservation Program in Motiong, Samar on Noveber 18-19, 2021
In an effort to introduce, educate, and provide general information on the extent and significance of Samar Bauxite Mineral Reservation in Samar Island, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. 08 has conducted an intensified Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign within Parcel D in the municipalities of Motiong and Paranas, Samar on November 16-19, 2021.
Per Proclamation No. 1615 S. 1977 by the then President Ferdinand E. Marcos, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau is the concerned agency responsible in the development, exploitation and utilization of said bauxite deposits found within the mainland of Samar. Said bauxite deposits and bauxite-bearing lands are reserved for industrial and commercial uses.
Based on fieldworks conducted, bauxite deposits in Parcel D may have developed in karstic sinkholes mostly in limestone terrain characterized with broad valley floors flanked by low lying limestone hills. It is also presumed that the karstic limestone of the Daram Formation surrounds and hosts the reddish brown to yellowish brown bauxite deposit Parcel D. Thus, the formation of sinkholes and solution channels may have provided a good accumulation site of bauxite in the area.
The reconnaissance to semi-detailed geological survey with subsurface sampling conducted in Parcel D in the Municipalities of Paranas and Motiong, Province of Samar yielded a total of 74 soil samples mostly clayey silt varying in colors.
Studies provide that the principal uses of bauxite are multipurpose covering metallurgy, chemical industries, as raw material in building and road aggregates. Bauxite is likewise the best and only material for making aluminum metal. It is used in chemical industry, refractory brocks, abrasive, cement, steel, and petroleum.
The participants in the IEC were composed of Barangay Captains, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO), Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC), Municipal Engineer, and the Municipal Mayor.