The Mines and Geosciences Bureau XI (MGB XI) Regional Director Atty. Jasper Laberto H. Lascano (right) together with DENR XI Regional Executive Director Bagani Fidel A. Evasco (center) served the Show Cause with Cease and Desist order to Riverbend Consolidated Mining Corporation/Arc Nickel Resources Inc. (RCMC/ANRI) represented by their Resident Manager Lotis Labial, on Monday, 17 January 2022.

This is due to the reported heavy siltation incident that happened on 14 January 2022 at Mapagda and Pintatagan Rivers in Banaybany, Davao Oriental after more than twelve hours of heavy rains on 13 January 2022 with an accumulated rainfall intensity of 88.1 mm, as per PAG-ASA Tagum Station. RCMC/ANRI was directed to show cause as to why they should not be held liable and ordered to stop their mining operation pending investigation, except to undertake efforts to augment environmental and control measures to prevent further damage.