The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. IV (CALABARZON) joined the round table discussion on Illegal Wildlife Trading and Quarry Operations in CALABARZON on January 13, 2021. The discussion was held in the Office of the Regional Executive Director (RED), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Building, Brgy. Mayapa Calamba City, Laguna. Other attendees of the meeting were from the CALABARZON regional offices of the DENR and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).

The meeting started with the highlights of the 10th Regular Regional Intelligence Committee (RIC)-4 virtual meeting held on December 15, 2020. It was followed by the briefing on Illegal Wildlife Trade given by the DENR Enforcement Division. They reported the instances of the subject in CY 2020, and the actions taken by the DENR.

MGB IV was tasked to give a briefing on Quarry Operations, where permitting and confiscation of illegally sourced minerals/mineral products were discussed. For the first part, representatives of MGB IV explained the types of mining permits issued and which companies and individuals currently held such permits in the region. It was followed by the discussion of the standard operating procedures when apprehending, confiscating, and seizing illegally-sourced minerals/mineral products, which are products extracted and/or disposed of without authority or permit under existing mining laws. Lastly, the legal basis of the said procedure was expounded, which was largely based on the Memorandum Circular 2018-01, which contains the guidelines in the conduct of apprehension, and Republic Act No. 7942, otherwise known as the “Philippine Mining Act of 1995.”

In the final part of the meeting, the NICA proposed counter-intelligence and surveillance operations to assist the agencies in preventing and dealing with illegal acts involving wildlife and minerals/mineral products.

By : Engr. Patrizia S. Benedicto        |         14 January 2021