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Pantukan Disaster Preparedness Summit deemed a "big success"

Davao City (30 June) -- The provincial government of Compostela Valley conducted its first "Provincial Disaster Preparedness Summit" on June 5, 2009 to carry out solutions to minimize the loss of lives when natural catastrophes occur. Gov. Arturo Uy communed with the miners and officials of Pantukan where the latest landslide happened.

"The focus would now be how to best prepare them. The miners themselves should take an active role. Our main objective is to lessen the loss of lives, there should be meeting of minds between the small scale miners and the government" Gov. Uy said.

Gov. Uy along with the officials of Pantukan, PNP, Phil. Army, NCIP, DENR, MGB, RDCC, Provincial Prosecutor's Office, PAGRO, PSWD and PPDO convened with nearly 200 participants including silica/sand and gravel permittees, small-scale miners, cooperatives and community leaders coming from Mayantok-Pulang-Lupa, Diat, Araibo, Biasong, Panganason, Boringot, Lumanggang and Gumayan.

The miners enthusiastically participated in the said activity. According to them, the summit is the best initiative that the provincial government has extended to them. The miners recognized and acknowledged their responsibilities and commitment as environmental stakeholders and as confirmation, signed the covenant deliberated for them.

In response to the summit, the miners, cooperative and community leaders requested the assistance of the provincial and municipal government units to provide more seminars on responsible mining and disaster preparedness, reforestation of the denuded lands and creation of Municipal Operation Kalamidad with complete rescue equipment.

With the success of the event, the provincial government is now looking forward to the next succeeding summits in the clusters of Maragusan, Maco-Mabini, Nabunturan-Mawab and Compostela-New Bataan. (ENRD-PAGRO) [top]

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