Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, Co-Chairperson of the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) joins with Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Director and Chairperson Efren Carido, in the review and deliberation of the application permit submitted by applicants and settlement of issues between and amongst the quarry operators.

Regional Director Carido and other members of the Board carefully reviewed and deliberated the application of each operator before indorsing to Governor Angging for approval.

The applicants were reminded of their responsibility in the development of the community where they conduct their quarry operations. Helping provide income to the residents in the area, planting trees bordering their area of operations, and submission of monthly reports are three of the commitments expressed by the operators to the PMRB.

Governor Angging earnestly asked the operators to help the government in disseminating the importance of following the minimum health standards, especially in the interior barangays, by reminding each person to wear a face mask, observe social or physical distancing, regularly wash hands with soap or sanitize hands with alcohol, and added that these health protocols were established by the government to protect the health and safety of the people against COVID-19.

The Governor also urged each operator during the deliberation to strictly abide by the allowable number of cubic meter to be extracted and should religiously comply with the Provincial Ordinance and Mining Law for sustainability and help protect the environment against illegal quarry operators.

Mayor Angel L. Yap of the Municipality of Lala briefly joined the meeting to ask for suggestions to the PMRB to what government agency that the LGU of Lala will ask for a dredging permit of Maranding River for navigation and flood control purposes and not for commercial utilization. Regional Director Carido replied to the Honorable Mayor that such a dredging permit will be issued by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Before the meeting was adjourned, the PMRB proposed a resolution address to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan authorizing the Provincial Governor to issue Waste Disposal Permit, and it was also agreed by the members to grant 6 months extension to all expired permits due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the Board that were also present at the meeting are Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member Honorable Maida Tawantawan-Committee Chairperson on Environmental Protection, Solid Waste Management, and Climate Change; Dionisio Cabahug-representing the Small Scale Mining; and Blenda Disierto-representing the Non-Governmental Organizations.

Provincial Administrator Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza Dimaporo and Atty. Mark Christopher A. Babor, Provincial Legal Officer was also present to observe the meeting together with the representatives from the Environment Management Bureau Region 10, Eulo Fuentes, and Najiba Tawantawan.

The Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) supervised by Ramon G. Serapio, the PMRB Secretariat facilitated the meeting with his staff Niño Disierto and Honeybelle Toylo and assisted by Engr. Manuel Candia and Engr. Kent Rojas from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 10. The meeting was held at Macapagal Training Center, Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center grounds, Pigcarangan, Tubod, on October 8, 2020. PIO-LDN