LGUs urged to reconstitute mines regulatory board-A A +A
Saturday, March 1, 2014
AN OFFICIAL of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has urged local government units (LGUs) in Zamboanga Peninsula region to reconstitute their respective mining regulatory board.
DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Officer-in-Charge Alfredo Relampagos made the call citing said there is a need to reconstitute the provincial and city mining regulatory board due to the recent change in leadership of the LGUs through election.
Relampagos said 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.
The activation and reconstitution of the provincial or city mining regulatory board is in accordance with the existing law, specifically the mining act, according to Relampagos.
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. (Bong Garcia)