Some BMG personnel from Cebu

image-04By May 1984, the office had then an increased number of personnel as well as clients. Some BMG personnel from Cebu were detailed and eventually transferred to this region. Then the office moved to Sagkahan District of Tacloban City along the National Highway.

With the approval of Executive Order No. 192, “ The Reorganization Act of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources ’’ on June 10, 1987, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau was integrated to the DENR, hence, the Mines and Geosciences Development Services became one of the Sectoral Services of the DENR Regional Offices. The Sector had then two divisions: the Geology Division, and the Mining Services and Mineral Lands Management and Control Division. The MGDS Office was now transferred to Jones Extension adjacent to the DENR Regional Office where it stayed from February 11, 1988 to April 30, 1997. The sector was headed by a Regional Technical Director (RTD). In the span of seven years, the office had for its RTD’s the following: Federico E. Miranda, 1987-1989; Dario R. Miñoza (OIC), 1990; Augustus, L. Momongan, 1990-1992; Jose Madrona, 1992-1993; and Arnulfo V. Cabantog (OIC) 1993-1994.

RA 7942, otherwise known as the “Philippine Mining Act of 1995”, was approved on March 3, 1995. Under Sec. 100 of this Act, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau is transformed into a line bureau, and Sec. 7 of DAO 96-40 S. 1996 which is the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7942, the MGDS became the Regional Offices of the MGB and are to be headed by Regional Directors. Thus, Mines and Geosciences Bureau RO-8 had for its RD, Alberto G. Jasareno (1994-1996). Arnulfo V. Cabantog was reassigned to this region as OIC Regional Director (1996-1997).

In May 1997, Regional Director Pedro L. de Leon was assigned to this office. Ten employees with items from the DENR Regional Office VIII were transferred and joined the 43 other employees of MGB RO-8. With the increased number of personnel, the Office transferred to a wider location, so it occupied the 2nd Floor of TCS Bldg., P. Burgos St. Tacloban City.

Sec. 3 of DAO 97-11, “Providing for a Line Organization of the MGB and other Purposes”, states that the Regional Director shall discharge the mandate of the Bureau at the regional level. The Office of the Regional Director now exercised supervision over four divisions, namely: Administrative and Finance Division, Mine Management Division, Mining Environment and Safety Division, and the Geosciences Division.

On the last week of June 1998, the MGB RO-8 transferred to the Nipa Hut Compound at Lopez Jaena St.. It occupied the former Regional Office of the DOST. After a year, a new Regional Director, Eligio Z. Ariate, headed the office. Under his supervision are the four divisions with their respective division chiefs, to wit : Ruth R. Pono, Chief, Administrative & Finance Division; Rafael M. Bernardo, Mining Operations Officer, Chief, Mine Management Division; Prudencio C. Bulawan, Jr., Chief, Mining Environment and Safety Division, and James S. Leones, Chief, Geosciences Division. At present, this office has a total of 71 itemized positions.

On May 29, 2002, Department S0.2002-391 was issued by Secretary Heherson T. Alvarez reassigning Eligio Z. Ariate as Regional Director for MGB R07 and designated Loreto B. Alburo as OIC-Regional Director of this Region and on December 19, Alburo was promoted to Director II.

On October 2007, MGB-RO8 due to the demand to vacate by the former owner of the Nipa Hut which is the family of the congressman of the 1stdistrict of Leyte, the office transferred to its present location at Ecarma Building, Brgy. Candahug, Palo, Leyte.

Fortunately, MGB-R08 was able to acquire a lot for its office building. DENR-R08 with the conformity and approval of the members of the PAMB Leyte, a 1,000 square meters lot which is a portion of the proclaimed national Park near MacArthur memorial shrine at Brgy. Candahug, Palo, Leyte was donated, timely with the approval of the proposed Capital Outlay of MGB-R08 for C.Y 2009, amounting to 6.6 million. Before the end of 4th quarter C.Y 2009, the construction of the building started and it is now completed but not fully.

A 2.2M Laboratory Building for the Bagacay Rehabilitation Project was constructed at the back of the regional office building and is now nearing its completion. Likewise, concrete steel fence, concrete pavement and drainage canal have also been constructed within the perimeter of the 3.525 sq.m. total area (to include the latest lot acquisition) within the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park (MLMNP) requested for office structures/facilities.

On May 20, 2009, S.O. # 2009-259 again was issued by DENR Secretary Joselito Atienza reassigning RD Loreto B. Alburo as Regional Director for MGB-R03 and designating RD Danilo U. Uykieng as OIC-Regional Director of this Region in less than a year . On January 2010 Department S.O. # 2010-02 dated January 6,  was issued by DENR Secretary Horacio C. Ramos recalling Atty. Danilo U. Uykieng to MGB-CO. Legal Division his home base, and designating RD Roger A. De Dios as OIC-Regional Director of MGB Region-8. On February , RD Roger A. De Dios was promoted to Director II. In compliance with S.O.#2012-669, dated September 05, office responsibilities and accountabilities were turnover from Regional Director Roger A. de Dios to OIC-RD Alfredo T. Relampagos from MGB Regional Office-X on September 17, .  On September 26, MGB Director Leo L. Jasareno issued an Special Order No.2012-731 assigning RD Alilo C. Ensomo, Jr. as Acting Regional Director of MGB-Region-8.