I2 DENR1 apprehended 12 trucks loaded with ill-extracted mineral ores

DENR1 Apprehended 12 trucks loaded with ill-extracted mineral ores

 

DASOL, Pangasinan – DENR 1 Task Force swooped down and intercepted twelve ten wheeler trucks loaded with illegally extracted mineral ores here yesterday afternoon.

Backed up by local police here headed by Police Sr. Insp. Dennis Cabigat, the Task Force led by regional director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. intercepted the trucks at barangay Poblacion while on their way to barangay Barlo.

Cabigat said the truck drivers immediately stopped and made no resistance when they were flagged down by policemen who were then simultaneously conducting operation “tokhang.”

Recently, DENR, the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines signed a memorandum of agreement joining their forces to combat environmental crimes.  

One of the drivers, who requested not to be named, said that they would be paid one thousand pesos after delivering the mineral ores to a processing plant in Dasol, Pangasinan.

Municipal mayor Eric Versoza hailed the DENR Task Force for apprehending the twelve trucks saying that “these heavy trucks have been causing destruction of (our) municipal roads.”   

Moreno revealed that the mineral ores with a total volume of 3,000 metric tons were extracted from Cordon, Isabela and transported to barangay Barlo here for processing.

The ore transport permit (OTP), dated August 24, 2016 and to expire on September 23, 2016, bears the signatures of Noel Manuel Lopez, provincial administrator of Isabela and Geronimo Cabbacan, Jr., environment and natural resources officer.

Emerging from the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board Office of Isabela, the OTP has been issued in favor of Golden Summit Mining Corporation.

But Moreno claimed that the OTP is spurious saying that Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region 2 Director Mario Ancheta informed that “all small scale mining operations in the Province of Isabela have been suspended.”

Moreno said DENR personnel have been dispatched to coordinate with the provincial government of Isabela to verify the veracity of the OTP.

Meanwhile, Renato Rimando, Engineer 5 of MGB Region 1, said  the OTP appears valid on its face but there is inconsistency between the commodity indicated in the document and the actual contents of the apprehended trucks.

“Assuming that the OTP is valid, the commodity therein indicated is mine tailings and waste materials but upon random grab sampling, we discovered that the trucks are loaded with freshly broken mineralized rocks and ores,” said Rimando.

Rimando said the permittee committed “misdeclaration” of commodity impelling the apprehension of the trucks loaded with mineral ores.

MGB Region 1 headed by officer-in-charge regional director Carlos Tayag seized and took custody of the twelve trucks which, at present, are placed under the watch of the Dasol Police Office for safekeeping.

On Monday (September 5), confiscation hearing will be conducted to determine whether the mineral ores including the tolls, equipment and the twelve trucks will be confiscated in favor of the government.

Meanwhile, criminal charges for theft of minerals are to be filed against the officers of Golden Summit Mining Corp. along with the truck drivers and helpers with the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Pangasinan.

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YOUTH DESK OFFICERS/COORDINATORS UNDERGO ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING WORKSHOP

YOUTH DESK OFFICERS/COORDINATORS UNDERGO ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING WORKSHOP

 

To further improve the quality of services, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through  the Strategic Communication and Initiatives Services - Stakeholder Management and Conflict Resolution Division (SCIS-SMCRD), conducted a three-day Assessment and Planning Workshop on DENR Youth Programs for calendar year 2016-2017 at San Timberland Sports and Nature Club,  San Mateo, Rizal last March 07-09, 2017.  It was attended by the youth desk officers and coordinators of the different regions, with the workshop design crafted for the benefit of all the YDO’s. 

The workshop imparted information on abilities and standpoints to heighten dissemination of  information, strengthen communication and education  (IEC)  campaigns about various environmentally-sustainable practices; proper and effective platforms and strategies,  and to recognize the appropriate development and participatory activities of the youth.

Ms. Julie Ibuan, Chief of SCIS-SMCRD welcomed all the participants while Ms. Emerita Jose, DMO III gave the objectives of the expected outputs of the workshop as follows : to assess the current DENR or youth environmental programs and come up with action plan/work program for 2017 and set priority youth programs for CY 2017.

The National Youth Commission (NYC) Undersecretary Cariza “Aiza” Y. Seguerra represented by the Commissioner-at-large, Commissioner Paul Anthony M. Pangilinan emphasized the importance of the cooperation and/or active participation of the different agencies and departments of the government like DENR in achieving the Philippine Youth Development Plan for 2017 to 2022, the various programs of NYC for the Filipino Youth, and the need to strengthen youth programs for a more dynamic involvement of youth in this day and age.  He strongly said “let’s work together and continue to empower youth – the agents for development and change.”

          Ms. Ma. Cristina A. Francisco, Section Chief of Environmental Education and Information Division of EMB (EIID-EMB), discussed the Environmental Education: The National and ASEAN Perspective and Initiatives 2014-2018 on the following topics : the National Environmental Awareness and Education Law of 2008; the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan for Sustainable Development 2014-2018, the Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the National Environmental Education Action Plan for Sustainable, 2014-2018.

 

 

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