Engr. Dino Sab-it with his presentation on the processes involved in the application for Minahang Bayan declaration as participants listen intently.
TUBLAY MINERS GATHER IN A FORUM
Small scale miners from the municipality of Tublay gathered on September 6, 2019 at the Tublay Municipal Covered Court in Acop, Caponga, Tublay, Benguet. Together with the local officials of the municipality led by the Honorable Mayor, Engr. Armando I. Lauro, the miners of said municipality found a venue for clarifying their concerns regarding the Minahang Bayan application processes.
Resource persons from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region (MGB-CAR), the Technical Working Group of the Benguet Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (TWG-PMRB), the Benguet Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (BPENRO) and the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) presented on the different processes involved in the declaration of a Minahang Bayan in the municipality.
The miners have been constantly reminded throughout the activity that their safety and well-being is primarily important especially in this kind of inclement weather. Stoppage order for small scale mining activities was again emphasized.
The mayor in his talk encouraged all the miners to pursue their applications for the declaration of a minahang bayan and follow the law.
On the other hand, the mining bureau representatives expressed assurance of their technical support for those who will pursue their applications.
Tublay Mayor Engr. Armando I. Lauro with his welcoming remarks.
Members of the panel, Engr. Felimon V. Aliado (holding mic), Engr. Santiago M. Bugnosen (MGB-CAR) and PMRB member, Dr. Peter M. Cosalan.
An SSM organization representative shoots his question to the panel while Atty. Juan L. Esnara, Tublay Vice Mayor who serves as moderator listens intently.
PMRB member Dr. Peter M. Cosalan explains the guidelines crafted by the Benguet Provincial Mining Regulatory Board.