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NVizcaya PLGU, MGB holds seminar-workshop on mining

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (June 9) -- The provincial government here and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and GeoSciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) on Tuesday conducted a seminar-workshop which seeks to formulate local rules and procedures in the operation of small scale mining in the province.

Held at the Balai ni Gloria in barangay Osmena here, the activity was attended by the DENR, local government officials of baranga Alimit in Kasibu town, Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO), members of the Alimit Small Scale Mining Association (ASSMA) and representatives of the mining company Oceana Gold Philippines Inc. (OGPI).

National government agency officials identified the following problems in barangay Alimit in Kasibu town as follows: lack of information and knowledge on the prevailing situation in the area since there was no official visitation and inspection in the mining community, the unpermitted small scale mining operations and the rising crime incidents due to the uncontrolled influx of new migrants in the area.

Local government officials and ASSMA members also raised alarm over the rising cases of child labor, sanitation problems, high rate of school drop outs, lack of mine safety measures, gun running, lack of waste dumps, solid waste management, absence of agencies to assist the villagers, enforcement of environmental laws, uncollected taxes and the illegal small scale mining activities.

"We cannot control the influx of migrants in our area. Even our barangay Tanods cannot work for 24 hours a day because they were only paid P250.00 a month as honoraria that is why we are asking for additional policemen," said barangay captain Marilou Nablol of Alimit.

The participants also supported the proposed creation of a Provincial Mining Regulatory Board(PMRB) which will act as a regulating and policy?making body to oversee the legitimacy and environmentally-sound, friendly and safe conduct of small scale mining activity in the area.

"We are ready to help in anyway we can to legitimize our livelihood so that we can have a peaceful situation in barangay Alimit," Nablol said. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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