AROUND 70 officers of the Philippine National Police in Ifugao were deputized to implement environmental laws against illegal mining in the province.
The police officers were briefed of their authority during a seminar on environmental laws against illegal mining conducted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region (MGB-CAR) held on April 5 at the Ifugao Police Provincial Office and was facilitated by personnel from the Mine Management Division of MGB.
The deputization was formalized under Special Order 100 signed by Police Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis Sarona, regional director of Police Regional Office–CAR and Fay Apil, officer-in-charge regional director of MGB-CAR and concurrent chairperson of Provincial Mining Regulatory Board-Ifugao.
The special order deputizes all officers and members of the Philippine National Police in the province to enforce pertinent rules and regulations against illegal mining in their respective jurisdiction.
Under the special order, police can apprehend perpetrators of illegal mining including the illegal transport of minerals, mineral products, sand and gravel or quarry materials and file the appropriate charges, prepare appropriate documents for the filing of cases before the proper court in collaboration with the regional director and the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board, seize and confiscate equipment, tools and conveyances used in illegal mining including illegal transport of minerals and mineral products, conduct monitoring and investigation of illegal mining, and submit monitoring or apprehension reports to the bureau director through the MGB regional director.
The deputation and capacitating of the officers and members of PNP-Ifugao will help in the intensification and sustainability of the government’s campaign against illegal mining activities in the province. (PR)