ITOGON, Benguet – The Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA)–Council for Built and Natural Environments and the Geological Society of the Philippines have recognized Noe L. Caagusan with the Distinction & Excellence Award for Geology 2021.
Caagusan, currently Apex Mining Co., Inc’s chief geologist, oversaw the development of Itogon-Suyoc Resources, Inc’s Suyoc Mine. He shares this accolade with his ISRI colleagues as the company has been encouraging productive creativity.
The veteran geologist is credited for the discoveries of the onshore San Antonio gas field in Isabela and the Maibarara geothermal field in Batangas.
He is also behind the pioneering analysis of metamorphic rocks of Mindoro Island and the discovery of the 100 million-barrel Etame Marin oil field in offshore Gabon as well as a gold deposit in central Mongolia.
Caagusan’s illustrious career has also given him other accolades, including the Lifetime Achievement Award (GSP-Phil), the Seamount Award (MGB-Phil) for the study of petroleum reservoirs in offshore Palawan, an IUGS gold pin from the International Union of Geological Science in Norway for five years of petroleum resource study of the South China Sea with ASEAN and East Asian Senior Geologists, and the Pewter Horse award (Singapore) for a study of hydrocarbon generation in the Cagayan Basin. He is also a recipient of a Philippine Presidential Recognition for being the Coordinator of the Disaster Relief work in the M7.7 Luzon earthquake of 1990.
Fresh out of college, he worked for nine years as a geologist at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau, back when it was still known as the Bureau of Mines. He also served as PNOC-EC’s chief of the Geology division for 17 years and stayed 19 years at the PetroEnergy Resources Cop.
The awards ceremony of the 9th PFPA was held at the UP Bahay ng Alumni on 26 Feb. 2022.