LGUs told: Recreate mining board

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Thursday, February 27, 2014


THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has urged the local government units in Zamboanga Peninsula to recreate their mining regulatory board due to the recent change in leadership, said MGB regional officer Alfredo Relampagos.

The change of leadership came about after an election for local government officials was held in May of last year.

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.

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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.

Relampagos added 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.

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