The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. V (MGB RO V), staged an enforcement operation in Casalugan, Paracale, Camarines Norte to eradicate illegal small-scale operation after information of illegal mining operation done by Chinese nationals.

Together with other enforcement agencies, the operation lasted four (4) days from July 17-20, 2018. The objective was to shut down illegal mining operations at Barangay Casalugan, Paracale, Camarines Norte. Coordination with Paracale Mayor Lourdes V. Briguera was made by the raiding team before proceeding to the mining site.

A Cease and Desist Order (CDO) was issued by MGB RO V on January 10, 2017 to stop any form of illegal small-scale mining and mineral processing operations in the municipalities of Paracale, Labo, and Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte.

No Chinese nationals were apprehended during the operation. As estimated worth ₱20 million of equipment was seized and ₱50 million investment in mining was put to halt. MGB RO V is in the process of filing a case against the illegal mining operations and the conduct of administrative confiscation procedure for the seized equipment.