MGB-CAR GEOLOGISTS SURVEY MINERAL RESERVES IN CONNER, APAYAO
Map of noted rocks with interpreted structures within the prospect area.
A team from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region (MGB-CAR) composed of Raymanne Emmanuel D. Mabazza, Supervising Geologist, Franklin B. Lobino, Supervising Geologist, Jethro C. Panganiban, Geologist II, John Christian L. Mapalo, Geologist, Stephen Joshua Blanco, Science Research Specialist II and Vemor I. Almacen, Cartographer II, conducted a combined Regional Geologic and Detailed Mineral Reservation Mapping in Barangay Talifugo, Conner, Ifugao. This project under the Geosciences Division, which was implemented on the second quarter of 2020, third and fourth quarter of 2021, aimed to promote sustainable mineral resources development.
Barangay Talifugo was chosen for this project to confirm previously published papers that purported the rich mineralization of the area. The study area in this barangay is approximately 6,500 hectares located in the municipality of Conner in the province of Apayao, which is in the northern portion of the Cordillera
Prior to the actual fieldwork, published papers and maps previously produced by other companies and agencies were reviewed by the team for reference and field work planning.
The team collected a total of 167 rock, vein, chip and stream sediment samples throughout the course of the survey. These samples were submitted to the laboratory for assay. Moreover, the team also conducted lithologic, alteration, mineralization and structural mapping in the area. The team identified thirteen (13) different lithologies which enabled the production of lithologic, alteration, mineralization and structural maps of the prospect area.
An Environmental Mapping and Survey Delineation of the prospect area will also be conducted to identify possible impacts of future projects to the environment and shall serve as tool to implement measures for environmental protection.
The regional mining bureau looks forward to the declaration of the area as Mineral Reservation, if results of these surveys turn out positive; and the officials and people in the community concur.
By: Raymanne Emmanuel D. Mabazza
Mineral Reservation Team prepares for an 8-hour trek to the target area.
Team members collect samples, note the lithology and mineralization, and measure the attitude of structures/veins.