MGB R02 gives lecture on RA 7942, deputizes mining officers
To orient some “bantay quarry checkers “of the provincial government of Cagayan and some barangay officials of Tuguegarao, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II recently conducted a lecture on the salient features of Republic Act No. 7942, otherwise known as Philippine Mining Act of 1995 held at MGB Conference hall,MGB Compound, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
“You are here because you are our partners in implementing legal quarry operations that is in accordance with the law and with the environment,” Engr. Raymond D. Carreon said during his opening message.
“ This lecture will help you understand your important role and responsibilities as mining officers,” he added.
Maribeth G. Tumaliuan, Mining Claims Examiner III of MGB oriented the participants on the salient features of RA 7942 and its implementing rules and regulations while Engr. Geoffrey V. Prado lectured on the legal procedures in filing complaints.
After the lecture, Engr. Rommel L. Amogan, chief of Mine Safety, Environment, and Social Development Division (MSESDD) led the oath taking of the participants as deputized mining officers.
As newly deputized mining officers, they can now enforce laws, rules, and regulations on environment and natural resources relative to mining. The mining officers can also apprehend illegal mining activities within their area of jurisdiction.
Engr. Amogan said, “your responsibility as mining officers is not that easy, now that you are already deputized, you have bigger role in helping as curb illegal mining activities.”
Section 7(f) of DAO 2010- 21 authorizes deputations as it clearly provides that, “To deputize, when necessary, any member or unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Barangay, duly registered and Department-accredited Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) or any qualified Person to police all mining activities.”
The deputized mining officers will be the enforcement arm in assisting the Bureau in its implementation of mining and environmental laws in the province.