Cimatu Orders PMRB to Declare Minahang Bayan

Cimatu Orders PMRB to Declare Minahang Bayan

 

Following the dialogue with the members of the association of small scale miners of Itogon, Benguet, on October 17, 2018, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu reaffirmed his position on the closure of all illegal mining activities in the Cordilleras pending the declaration of a Minahang Bayan by the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB).

Responding to the petition made by the affected miners in Itogon for the DENR Chief to lift the stoppage order on all mining activities in Cordillera, Cimatu assured the mining community of Itogon that the order will be lifted only upon the declaration of a  Minahang Bayan by the PMRB inside the Benguet Corporation patented area in Sitio Luneta, Barangay Loakan, Itogon, Benguet.

“I am directing the PMRB to declare a Minahang Bayan for our miners,” Cimatu declared.

Cimatu underscored to the miners that the government’s utmost priority remains the safety of its citizens. He reassured those in attendance that they still retain their rightful claim to the mineral resources of their area even in the face of the stoppage order.

“Minero kayo noon, minero parin kayo ngayon, at mga minero parin kayo sa mga susunod na panahon,” he said explaining that the declaration of the Minahang Bayan shall legalize their mining activities.

Geologist Liza Manzano of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau presented the findings of the Geohazard and technical assessment of Itogon that left 89 persons dead and 8 missing up to date.

Manzano characterized the area as highly vulnerable and a “shopping mall to all kinds of catastrophes” because of its susceptibility to all geological hazards.

“You’ve got it all,” she said, describing the danger of inhabiting the devastated mine sites in Itogon.

Cimatu also welcomed the commitment of the mining community to comply with all regulatory measures to be imposed by the different government offices for proper operation.

Further, the mining community of Itogon also committed to enter into a stewardship agreement in relation to reforestation and environmental protection and rehabilitation.

“Thank you for your benevolent offer, and I readily accept them,” he said, after reading a portion of the petition signed by the miners.

The DENR Chief also cited the commitment made by the miners to sell their gold to the Central Bank, urging them to contribute to governmental revenue by paying the right taxes from their income.

The PMRB shall be chaired by the MGB-CAR Regional Director Fay Apil.|AJTuraray

 

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DENR CAR to push through third party evaluation of CY 2013-2016 NGP plantation sites within 100has and above

 

Responding to the instruction that DENR CAR field offices to conduct briefing or reorientation to the concerned People’s Organizations/NGP Partners with sites covering an area of 100 hectares and above which is the subject of Third Party validation, CENRO Lagangilang headed by CENR Officer Engr. Gilberto Leo Tagura met in July 22, 2019 with the People’s Organizations (POs) within the coverage of CENRO Lagangilang, the Site Managers and Extension Officers.  During which, CENRO Tagura encouraged the members of the POs’ to be well-informed of the validation process and the preparatory activities they have to undertake prior to the conduct of validation proper.  Said validation may commence on August 5, 2019 in all the provinces of the Cordillera Region.

For the province of Abra there are about 44 sites that are subjected for evaluation by 3rd Party.  About 17 of these sites are under the jurisdiction of CENRO Lagangilang.  The evaluators will come from a private institution in UP Los Baños, Laguna- a National Government Organization.  Accordingly, the validators will adopt the random sampling method of validation wherein 5% of the total area will be selected at 1 hectare each strategically located.

The meeting was a successful one as the participant POs had willingly expressed their commitment to support not only the validation but also to perform the necessary preparatory and restoration activities particularly to portions of the plantations with low survival rates. Towards the end of the orientation, the DENR and the POs have agreed to team up for the restoration activities starting June 25, 2019 until the start of the validation activity.

The conduct of third party evaluation is a determining activity for the release of ten (10) percent retention fee on the condition that the plantation site will register a survival rate of 85% and above. However, it will not only deal with the payment of retention fee but rather purposely provide credible Monitoring and Evaluation result that underscores good and bad implementation practices and the facilitating or hindering factors that led to the present status of these plantations. Ultimately, it also aims to provide inputs for future crafting of relevant project implementation guidelines and policies.|C. Lagangilang, RBPineda

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Mga Minero parin Kayo. DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu enters into dialogue with the mining community of Itogon, Benguet on the stoppage order on all illegal mining activities in the Cordilleras. Cimatu assures the legalization of the small scale mining industry upon the declaration of a Minahang Bayan by the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB)|AJTuraray