Responsible Mining and Quarry

Ilocos Norte showcases a diverse range of mineral potential throughout its 350.40 hectares total land area. It is covered by 8.59% of mining tenements according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office 1 - Mineral Profile 2019.

The province partners with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office 1 to promote the rational exploration, development, utilization, and conservation of mineral resources guided by the commitment to responsible minerals development.

The Province has passed a Comprehensive Quarry Ordinance to create and protect a sustainable and responsible mining industry.

Ilocos Norte's major river systems are good sources of excellent quantity and quality of sand and gravel used not only for local construction and masonry but also for export.

Indicated Mineral Resources are:

  • Mettalic: Gold, Copper, Iron, Manganese
  • Non Mettalic: Sand and Gravel (S&G), Shale, Feldspar, Limestone & Silica

Investment Potentials:

  • Mineral Deposits Explorations
  • River Dredging and Quarrying
  • Metal Ore Mining
  • Mining Support Activities, Mine draining, pumping, processing.


Promote world class sustainable development through advancement of mineral-based investments in the province.

Why INvest

The province dedicates to satisfy investment considerations through a competitive investment Climate. Abundant metallic and non-metallic mineral resources are yet to be developed.

Adequate INvest Considerations:

  • Quality of mineral reserves and resources
  • Political Stability of the province
  • Availability of good infrastructure and utility resources
  • Availability of skilled labor
  • Clarity of regulatory and financial obligations
  • Security of mining concessions
  • Legislations and ability of repatriate profits
  • Accessibility to an Investor Assistance Program

Investor Assistance Program

The program showcases an avenue to specially assist prospective mineral-based investors to streamline their investment process. The program consists of the following free services:

Investor's Pre-investment Assistance

  • Assistance on IN border entry and LGU acceptance.
  • Assistance on Ocular Site Visits.
  • Technical assistance on Mining Rights Application.
  • Assistance on LGU and private stakeholders coordination.
  • Assistance to acquire land, port, power and water requirement data.
  • Others

Investor’s Permitting and Expansion Assistance

  • Assistance on Information Education Campaigns, Public Scoping and other modes of Public participation engagements.
  • Assistance on PLGU and LGU inter-department coordination.
  • Assistance on endorsement acquisition.
  • Assistance on DENR and other agency coordination.

Get in touch with us

Ilocos Norte Trade and Investment Promotions Center

Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol Rizal St., Laoag City, Philippines 2900

+63(77) 772-1212 loc 112

Invest Ilocos Norte