The Mines and Geosciences Bureau I issued a cease and desist order to 14 quarry operators along the Bolo river covering the municipalities of Bangui, Dumalneg, Pagudpud for operating without the necessary permits from the MGB or from the provincial government of Ilocos Norte on May 13, 2018. Prior to this, a field inspection and assessment was conducted in coordination with PENRO Ilocos Norte on May 3, 2018. Based on the report, these sand and gravel quarrying activities along the Bolo river are not in accordance with the concept and parameters aimed at promoting Responsible Mining. The extraction of sand and gravel had been carried out irresponsibly and unsystematically. Thus, allowing this to continue may put harm to the lives and properties of the communities.