GAWAD KALIKASAN Awardees: Atok MPS PMajor Kiwalan and La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda with DENR-CAR head Engr. Ralph Pablo, MGB-CAR RD Fay Apil and WWRRDEC head Helen Maddumba
(Photo by DENR-CAR)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera Administrative Region (DENR-CAR) honored the Atok Municipal Police Station (MPS) under the leadership of PMaj. Gregorio Kiwalan with the Gawad Kalikasan Award during its recently concluded celebration of the DENR’s 35th Anniversary held last June 30 at the regional department’s multipurpose hall in Pacdal, Baguio City.
The award acknowledged the invaluable contribution of PMajor Kiwalan and members of the Atok MPS to environmental law enforcement, participation, and dedication to environmental activities that were instrumental to community development and sustainable natural resources management.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region (MGB-CAR) nominated Atok MPS as an awardee for their significant role and assistance to MGB-CAR and CENRO-Buguias in the apprehension of those who were transporting illegally obtained mineral ores in Atok.
On this note, MGB-CAR director Fay W. Apil calls upon all vehicle owners and drivers to be very cautious of accepting cargoes with no proper documents/permits.
Section 53 of Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 states that “The absence of a permit shall be considered as prima facie evidence of illegal mining and shall be sufficient cause for the Government to confiscate the ores or minerals being transported, the tools and equipment utilized, and the vehicle containing the same.” (SMVS)