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June 14, 2022

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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. VIII has recently completed its Mineral Resource Assessment of Bagongbong River in Ormoc City.

The Mineral Resource Assessment along major rivers is a project of the MGB which is primarily focused on the identification, delineation and estimation of resources for rive sand and gravel, including lahar deposits and other industrial minerals present along the river system. It also aims to identify value adding minerals particularly gold and iron minerals, precious and base metals of economic interest associated with sand and gravel deposits.

Bagongbong River located in Ormoc City, Leyte, the lone project target for mineral resource assessment of MGB-08 this 2022, is an alluvial river that traces its headwaters in the topographic highs of Leyte Central Highlands at elevation about 170 meters above sea level. The river flows in a southwest trend from Brgy. Quezon down to Brgy. Can-untog and San Antonio and finally discharges towards Ormoc Bay.

The mineral assessment along Bagongbong River integrated geological survey and resource estimation, geochemical survey and environmental baseline studies. The assessment focused on the river segment or the active river channel within the administrative boundaries of Ormoc City.

The result of the exploration will estimate the available resources, particularly sand and gravel deposits as construction materials to support the Build, Build, Build program of the national government.

The Bagongbong River Assessment Team of MGB-08 is composed of Chief Geologist Celestina Carranza, Geologists Arnulfo Eumage, Jr., Loren T. Kuizon, Leandrew L. Luz and Maria Theresa D. Albano and Engineering Aide Emiliano Alonzo.