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Mineral Resources

The province has significant deposits of metallic and non-metallic resources such as gold, manganese, copper, and construction and decorative materials.  These mineral prospects can play a role in the economic development of the province if they are properly extracted.  The mining industry can even significantly contribute to the foreign exchange earnings of the country.


Agusan del Norte’s mineral resources are located mainly in the municipalities of Nasipit, RTR, Kitcharao, Cabadbaran, Jabonga, Tubay and Santiago.  It is reported that an area of 10.5 hectares in Nasipit have bauxite ore; 112.9 hectares in RTR have manganese; and 178.9 hectares in Kitcharao have marbleized limestone.  The DENR also estimated gold deposits of about 1,566.14 MT in Tubay and 75,000 MT in Cabadbaran.  Copper deposits are also said to exist in Cabadbaran, Jabonga, Santiago and Tubay while San Antonio in R.T.R. and Cabadbaran are likewise manganese areas. The province’s mineral resources are still largely untapped.


Non-metallic resources such as limestone, marble, guano, sand, gravel and construction materials are also abundant.  The Marapot and Cabadbaran Rivers are the best-known sources of Class A sand and gravel.


There are possibilities for hydrocarbon or natural gas deposits in the coastal plains of Magallanes.  Low-pressure natural gas seepages have been found in Magallanes Poblacion, while low-pressure natural gas utilization has been established at Barangay Caloc-an.  Methaniferous gas emanations occur up to the mouth of Agusan River due perhaps to the faults that release the gas from underground deposits.


To date, there are 3 approved Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA), 1 Exploration Permit and 1 Industrial Sand and Gravel Permit.  Ten applications for Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) are still under process at the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau.


Map 8shows the location of various mineral reserves and of mining claims in the province.  Data on mining production, however, is not available.  The identified metallic and non-metallic deposits are shown in Table 11.  Note that some deposits have no estimated reserves as no detailed studies have been conducted on these.