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PMRB conducts Yearend Meeting

A Special Meeting was conducted by the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) early this week at the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) to discuss the application of some quarry operators doing business in the province.

PMRB chaired by DENR-MGB 12 Regional Director Efren Carido together with PEMO chief Siegfred Flaviano, Belen Fecundo of South Cotabato Foundation Inc. and Josephine Balongga, Small-Scale Mining representative, thoroughly discussed the application of Camilo Caday to conduct limestone quarry in San Vicente, Banga, the letter of DENR – Protected Area Superintendent of the Allah Valley Protected Landscape regarding the temporary suspension of extraction of dredged materials within their area of jurisdiction and the application for quarry of Gemma Construction.

The board granted the application for limestone quarry of Caday through the issuance of special permit good for six (6) months with provision of strict compliance to requirements such as installation of drainage system and 2 settling ponds, dust and top soil management, re-greening program, among others, by the applicant.

Regrarding the letter of DENR-PASU-AVPL, PMRB decided to write a formal letter addressed to the DENR 12 Regional Executive Director seeking clarifications on the veto issued by him on the decrease of the extraction fee charged per cubic meter on dredged materials.

Meanwhile, the application request for quarry of Gemma Construction located in Lake Sebu was deferred and will only be acted by PMRB upon presentation of Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) clearance and Irrigators Association (IA) clearance.

Nencita Acain, PEMO-Mines & Geo-Sciences Management Division chief, Atty. Marnito Cosep, PEMO Legal Desk Officer and Engr. Roger Tamayo of DENR-MGB 12 acted as Resource Speakers.

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