Pursuant to Section 9 of RA 7942, otherwise known as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, and Section 7 (f) of DAO 2010-21, the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7942, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. VIII conducted a Deputation Orientation Seminar to capacitate certain LGU personnel to police mining activities in Sta. Fe, Leyte on February 19, 2021.
The deputation orientation seminar was attended by LGU personnel and Barangay Tanod of Brgys. Badiangay, San Miguelay and San Isidro, Sta. Fe, Leyte. The participants will be deputized as Mining Enforcement Officers. They will be authorized to investigate violations of mining laws, rules and regulations and any of the criminal offenses defined in RA 7942 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations within the respective area of jurisdiction in Sta. Fe, Leyte.
The Mining Enforcement Officers will also be authorized to apprehend/seize the tools, equipment and conveyances used in the commission of the offense(s) including all minerals/mineral products illegally extracted/hauled and possessed by the offender(s) in the process of committing the offenses and, if warranted, file criminal complaint with the Office of the Prosecutor.