By MARIO NIKKO PRIELA   SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

In line with the goal of the DENR and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to combat indiscriminate and illegal quarrying activities, Regional Director Samuel T. Paragas has issued Deputation Orders in five municipalities in Quezon Province. This resulted to 155 individuals being deputized; Calauag having the most number of individuals deputized with 55, followed by Buenavista with 51, then Nakar with 23, Sariaya with 17, and lastly Infanta with 9. Moreover, 13 of the 155 are members of the Philippine National Police.

 

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General Nakar, Quezon’s vice-mayor Hon. Rodel A. Avellanada addressing his constituents and fellow deputies during the Bureau’s orientation last April 10, 2014.

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Emilio R. Ramos, OIC- Mine Management Division, during the orientation of Local Government Units in Buenavista, Quezon last July 11, 2014.

As provided under Sec. 118 of DAO 2010-21, the Consolidated Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 7942, otherwise known as the “Philippine Mining Act of 1995,” the individuals authorized to execute illegal mining apprehensions and confiscation/seizure of illegally-sourced minerals are the Bureau officers which include the Regional Director and other Bureau personnel, duly authorized by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Director, DENR personnel duly authorized by the DENR Secretary, Permittee, Contractor, Permit Holder and other duly deputized personnel. Deputation of members of the Local Government Units and members of the Philippine National Police significantly aids the Bureau to effectively and efficiently implement Republic Act No. 7942, also known as the “Philippine Mining Act of 1995”, and its implementing rules and regulations.

 

 

 

 

Prior to the issuance of an Order of Deputation, an orientation was conducted by MGB – IVA on the proper apprehension/confiscation procedures of illegally-sourced minerals/mineral products including tool/s, equipment, and conveyances used in the commission of the offense.

 

 

 

 

 

 To combat illegal mining, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau can only do so much and the key to success in this endeavor is to coordinate with other sectors especially the LGUs. Hopefully more proactive Filipino citizens step-up to help the Bureau not only in having a keen eye for illegal mining but in taking care of our mineral resources as a whole.
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Last July 30, 2014 concerned members of the Local Government Units of Infanta, Quezon visited the MGB IV-A office regarding their request for deputation.

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Seminar-Orientation regarding deputation with Local Government Unit members of the municipality of Sariaya, Quezon and members of the Philippine National Police held last August 14, 2014.

Last July 30, 2014 concerned members of the Local Government Units of Infanta, Quezon visited the MGB IV-A office regarding their request for deputation.

Seminar-Orientation regarding deputation with Local Government Unit members of the municipality of Sariaya, Quezon and members of the Philippine National Police held last August 14, 2014.

img_2014Members of the Local Government Unit of Calauag, headed by Hon. Mayor Luisito S. Visorde (first row, 6th from the left) and Hon. Vice-mayor Arcadio V. Mendoza Jr. (first row, 8th from the left) during the dialogue with representatives from MGB IV-A held last September 10, 2014.