In a bid to strengthen its Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaign efforts, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-8 conducted orientations on the Salient Features of the Mining Act per R.A. 7942 and clarified issues specially pertaining to the proper and responsible apprehension of illegally-transported sand and gravel/quarry materials.
The orientation was facilitated to a set of police and military officers and some employees of the municipality of Albuera, Leyte, together with representatives from the barangays.
Atty. Cuanico discussed about the Apprehension, Confiscation and Seizure proceedings of illegally-transported sand and gravel/quarry materials. Meanwhile, Engr. Wendell Gador, emphasized particularly the need for legal transport documents such as prescribed Delivery Receipt (i.e. DR issued by MGB-8 and Province of Leyte), as provided for under Section 117 of DAO 2010-21 or the revised implementing rules and regulations of R.A. 7942, otherwise known as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.
MGB-8 Regional Director Raul Laput said that the deputation of the local police in the apprehension of violators would help the MGB-8 Office further intensify its call to curb illegal mining activities in the Region.
“We are delighted that the LGU-Albuera, Leyte has taken the initiative to have its local police deputized and become our partner in our efforts to practice responsible mining and likewise, help us fulfill our mandate more efficiently,” said RD Laput.
In the presentations, the duties of a deputized police officer has been likewise explained.