LGU and environmental agency representatives pose with Mt. Province PNP Provincial Director Allen S. Ocden after the consultation held in Sagada on April 27, 2018.
Small scale miners, illegal loggers and gamblers in Mt. Province sternly warned
In the joint Provincial Peace and Order Council – Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PPOC-PMRB) public consultation held in Sagada Municipal Hall on April 27, 2018, Mt. Province’s Police Director issued stern warnings to those involved in illegal activities in the province.
A first of its kind to be conducted in the province, the activity provided a venue for local officials and concerned sectors of the province to be updated on matters related to small scale mining, illegal logging and illegal gambling. The activity was well attended by local government officials in the province; Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. in his message encouraged everyone to air their concerns so that these may be properly addressed.
Updates and other information were presented relative to said concerns. Engr. Alfredo J. Genetiano of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region, presented the Minahang Bayan and Small Scale Mining Updates. To date, there are four (4) Minahang Bayan (MB) applications in the province; these applications have already been endorsed to the MGB Central Office for initial review pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 2015-03, the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 7076. MGB-CAR is in constant coordination with MGB-Central Office on the status of the endorsed applications.
PNP Provincial Director Allen Sumeg-ang Ocden warned everyone to stop illegal logging, and gambling or else they will face the consequences of their actions. Stressing that he is just doing his job and following direct orders from the president, he warned all engaged in illegal activities to mind their ways. Furthermore, every activity that is in conflict with the law must be stopped.
Small scale miners were given seven (7) days to voluntarily dismantle equipment and shut down operations. He promised to go around and conduct an inspection after a week to validate if the miners have indeed stopped operation. He vowed to blast mining adits that are in continued operations. He reminded miners to wait for the declaration of a Minahang Bayan in their area and subsequent mining permits before they operate.
Enforcement officers join the LGU and community in the fight against illegal activities in Mt. Province.
Engr. Genetiano of MGB-CAR presents Minahang Bayan updates.
Mt. Province PNP PD Allen S. Ocden. A strong environmental ally.