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MGB-9 urges LGUs to reconstitute mining regulatory board

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 25 -– The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau-9 (MGB-9) has called on the different local government units (LGUs) in the region to reestablish their respective mining regulatory board.

MGB-9 officer-in-charge Alfredo Relampagos said there is a need to reconstitute the provincial and city mining regulatory board because of the recent change in leadership through election.

The provincial or city mining regulatory board shall be composed of the DENR representative as chairman; the representative of the governor or city mayor as vice chairman; and, as the case may be, one from small-scale mining representative, one big-scale mining representative, and the representative from a non-government organization who shall come from an environmental group will serve as members.

Relampagos said the activation and reconstitution of the provincial or city mining regulatory board is in accordance with the existing law, specifically the mining act.

He said the provincial and city mining regulatory board is important because it is the Board that accepts, processes and evaluates mining application and all the functions devolved to the LGUs.

In the case of this city, Relampagos said he and Eng’r. Reynaldo Gonzales, head of the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR), have already met and discussed the reconstitution of the city mining regulatory board. (PNA)

LAP/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO/UTB

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