News from Regional Board Of Investment- BARMM

Php 1.4 B First Investment Registered Under BOL
Feb 7, 2019


(Cotabato City, February 7, 2019), The newly ratified Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) is up for a good start after a Php 1.4 billion sand and gravel project was approved by the Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) following the registration of JMI Sand & Gravel and Truck Services Corporation.

This is the very first project approved after the ratification of the BOL this January and perhaps the biggest this year. The BOL provides the legal framework to replace ARMM and establish a new political entity, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). JMI Corp with business address at Brgy. Gang, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, is a DENR accredited supplier of sand and gravel supplying Southwest Mindanao including Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. JMI is engaged in a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with CCIL Mining and Mineral Resources Corporation in the dredging and re-alignment of the Simuay River and shoreline. CCIL is a reputable company which is also registered in Hongkong with proven track record in mineral exploration, mining operations, shipment and international transactions.

RBOI chair and managing head, lawyer Ishak Mastura, said that the approval of the project will allow JMI to enjoy incentives from the government such as income tax holidays (ITH), duty free importation on capital equipment and other applicable incentives.

“We are grateful that despite political uncertainties brought about by the transition from ARMM to BOL, investors still want to have first mover advantage even before the transitional government is set-up.” said Mastura.

Mastura further explained that the Simuay River dredging project is a great solution in solving the problem of recurring flash floods as mitigating measure to control and reduce flooding of the river’s foodplain.


In December 2018, CCIL Mining & Mineral Resources Corp entered into a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with JMI Sand & Gravel and Trucking Services Corp for the extraction and exportation of marine and construction sand. This project is in connection with the mitigating measures to address the flooding of Simuay River in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.


As a backgrounder, JMI Sand and Gravel & Trucking Corporation (JMI) has been doing business which involved the extraction of sand & gravel since 2012. JMI was granted thirteen (13) Environmental Compliance Certificates (ECC’s) and Industrial Sand and Gravel (ISAG) Permits to quarry sand and gravel along the Simuay River supplying domestic market in western Mindanao.

Early this year, the LGU of the Municipality of Sultan Kudarat, the Honorable Mayor Shameem Mastura and CCIL Mining & Mineral Resources Corp (CCIL) initiated and signed a MOA on a flood mitigating project called- “Dredging & Re-alignment of the Simuay River”. CCIL was granted Resolution 19-04 interposing no objection to the project and Resolution 19-05 authorizing Hon. Mayor Mastura to enter into a MOA with CCIL. Barangay Sambulawan also issued CCIL Resolution 02-2019[4] also interposing no objection to the project. CCIL as the “Grantor” of the project , appointed JMI as the “Implementor”[5] of the flood mitigating project. JMI was appointed as implementor of the project since we have all of the local permits and licenses and the most qualified entity to implement the project. The company is also registered with the Regional Board of Investments (RBOI)[6], wherein the said project has been published as the First Investment registered under the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).



This project is in conjunction with the Hon. Datu Shameem Mastura's program to address the flooding of the Simuay River affecting several communities. Because of his proven track record, he immediately took action in order to reduce or totally eliminate the flooding problem with this dredging project. Simuay River and Coastline Dredging Project area is located in the Municipality of Sultan Kudarat, Province of Maguindanao. The project area covers the coast along the mouth of the Simuay River that extends to about 4 kilometers of coastline. It also covers the Simuay River stretching from its river mouth to about 20 kilometers upstream. The primary purpose of this project, which consists of dredging and opening the deposited coarse sand at the Simuay river mouth and deepening, aligning the Simuay river in order to address and lessen the periodic flooding and bank erosion within the area.


The Cutter Suction Dredger (CSD) is equipped with a rotating cutter head, for cutting possible hard soils and sands. The soil and sand is sucked up by means of dredge pumps, and discharged through a series of screens and pipes then transferred onto the transport vessel. A CSD is a stationary dredger and remains on the same location secured by anchors and winches.

The SIMUAY DREDGING PROJECT will be implemented into TWO (2) Phases:

PHASE I-  Coastal Marine Sand. The project area is located at the coast along the mouth of the Simuay River and extends to about 900 meters towards the open sea. Cutter Suction Dredgers (CSD) type dredgers will be used to extract the sand deposited and unclog the river mouth. Dredging operations in Phase I will be 2 shifts at 8-hour shifts per day and 6 days per week. Each CSD will have a projected capacity of about 4,000 to 5,000 cubic meters per hour.

PHASE II-  River Sand- Submersible sand pumps set in pontoons will be use to dredge and extract sand and gravel along the Simuay River. Several units or sets of different prototypes of submersible sand pumps are setup along the strategic locations about 4 kms apart along Simuay River where its location will not cause any negative impact on any existing structures. It will dredge and deepen the river bed to accommodate more water outflow and prevent or lessen flooding in the area. The pumps will have a capacity to dredge 800-1,000 tons per hour.


Emerged from the BELIEF & UTMOST respect with the dignity and integrity of Muslims Mindanao People & its communities our company would undertake to perform a Project- Dredging & Re-aligning of Simuay River, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao under the leadership of the great HON. TUCAO MASTURA and HON. MAYOR DATU SHAMEEM B. MASTURA JR., this project would have a lifespan of 25 years with the modalities of operation:


The project would address the inundation of the Municipality and its neighboring town, it would give livelihood in terms of employment, it would be of help to generate decent income to the people of SK throughout the project and would be a exquisite beauty and sample of ‘social responsibility for our Country and People.

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Dredging Project- Cagayan River, Aparri
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A section of the Cagayan River with sand bar deposits indicating the need for dredging the river to prevent flooding and bank erosion.


In 2011, CCIL Mining and Mineral Resources Corporation (CCIL) focused mainly in prospecting for iron deposits and prospects (lumpy iron ore and magnetite sand) a diversion from previous precious and base metals (gold, & copper, lead, zinc) exploration. Exploration for iron deposits were conducted in the Provinces of Cagayan and Isabela, wherein known magnetite-rich river sand, beaches and lumpy skarn-type iron deposits occur.

In 2012, a publication ‘The Mineral Resources at the Lower Cagayan River’ by the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Office 2 in Tuguegarao City evaluated the mineral potential of the lower Cagayan River. This river is the major drainage system of the Cagayan Valley comprising the provinces of Viscaya, Quirino, Isabela, Cagayan and portion of the Cordillera Administrative Region. he report also revealed the various mineral resources found in the Lower Cagayan River namely; sand and gravel, magnetite sand, titanium, gold, copper, silver and pyrite.

In 2012, CCILMMRC applied for an Industrial Sand and Gravel (ISAG) permit with the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau Regional Office 2, covering about 17 hectares within the Cagayan River in Barangay Jurisdiction, Municipality of Lal-lo in Cagayan. The permit was approved on the 21st of March, 2013. Consequently, the company also submitted a Mineral Processing Permit (MPP) application with the MGB and was approved on the 21st of March, 2013. The MPP covers about 5 hectares situated in Lallo, Cagayan. 

In April 3, 2013, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between CCILMMRC and the Governor of Cagayan Province was signed for a Dredging Permit over fifteen (15) kilometers stretch along the lower Cagayan River from the Municipalities of Aparri, Calamaniugan to Lallo, Cagayan province totaling about 1,200 hectares. The agreement shall be for a period of 25 years.


The Dredging Permit issued via Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Provincial Government. In the case of Cagayan River, the Cagayan Riverine Zone Development Framework Plan for 2012-2035, formulated and adapted by the Regional Development Council of Region 02, one of the strategies for the mitigation of the destructive effect of flooding and reduction of its extent in terms of area and time is the dredging of the heavily silted portions of the Cagayan River and removal of sediments allowing faster flow especially during the rainy seasons. The dredging of the Cagayan River will entail costs beyond the financial capability of the Provincial Government of Cagayan, thus compelled to seek for the assistance of the private sector for the rehabilitation and dredging of Cagayan River at no cost or minimal cost to the Province.


CCIL’s dredging permit area is part of MGB’s study area along the Cagayan River. The permit is about 20 kilometers long and widths ranging from 800 to 1600 meters wide or roughly 1,200 hectares. An inferred resource of 210.6 M tons with an average magnetic fraction of 10% Fe based on the MGB studies and a depth of -9.0 meters is projected within the dredging permit. 

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Google image showing the flooded Municipality of Aparri in Cagayan Province. 

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Photograph showing the on going erosion of the banks of the Cagayan River located within the dredging permit in the Municipality of Aparri, Cagayan Province. Dredging this colossal river will significantly reduce flooding and lessen bank erosion in the region. 


Exploration works over the dredging permit area will include geophysical surveys and a drilling program. Thirty-seven (37) east-west trending seismic lines/runs are proposed over the entire dredging permit area with 400 meters line spacing. Additional in-fill lines may be required during the progress of the geophysical survey down to 200 meters spacing. The geophysical survey will produce seismic profiles indicating the depth of the river sand deposit and possible magnetite-rich horizons. These seismic profiles will serve as aide in the design of the drilling program. Bathymetric measurements will also be conducted simultaneous with the seismic surveys. 

Man-portable drill rig mounted on a boat or a barge to be utilized in the drilling program. The drill rig can penetrate down to 20 meters from the river bed. Three (3) meter-lengths NQ rods and NW casings with NQ core barrel with core basket will be used to collect the sand sample. Initially during the early stages of the drilling, samples are collected on 1-meters depths until representative intervals are arrived at by statistical analysis.

Pre-determined drill sites along the east-west seismic lines with 200-meter grid spacing are proposed for the drilling/sampling program. In locating the position of the pre-determined drill positions, a Geographical Positioning System (GPS) will be used.