One Unit Caterpillar Backhoe Model 320D bearing Body and Engine No. PFKLAO8468* was apprehended by the Iponan Anti-Illigeal Mining Team during their operation last June 26-27, 2014 against illegal mining operations along the stretch of Iponan River.
The apprehending Team was composed of five (5) MGB-10 technical personnel and representatives from multi-sectoral agencies like the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO) of Cagayan de Oro, Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) of Misamis Oriental, Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC), CENRO Initao , Regional Public Safety Battalion, Local Media and SULOG (Umbrella of civil groups in Cagayan de Oro City).
The operation was conducted in response to a reported illegal mining operation at Barangay Tumpagon, Cagayan de Oro City and Brgy Cauyonan, Municipality of Opol, Misamis Oriental. The said Backhoe was found few meters away from the subject illegally mined area still hot and evidently with fresh mud on its roller blades from an apparent operation.
In addition to the said backhoe, the team also apprehended ten (10) units 5.5.HP Gasoline engine with centrifugal pump of different models and assorted mining accessories with 400 grams minerals (concentrates) (amargaha).The apprehended backhoe is now impounded and under the temporary custody of the City Engineers Office in Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City while the water pumps were brought to MGB-10, DENR Macabalan. Cited were violations under R.A. 7942, Executive Order 79, Section 69 of PD 705 and Section 4 of PD 1586.
A deliberation was held last July 14, 2014 on the apprehension/confiscation of the said backhoe involved in the illegal mining activity. It was attended by representatives of the MGB, CLENRO, PAOCC, ENRO and PNP members. Attending the said meeting/hearing also is one gentleman (name withheld pending validation) claiming ownership of the confiscated backhoe.
The deliberation was conducted under a Joint Special Order (MGB-LGU 2014-001) signed by the MGB-10 Regional Director, the Mayor of Cagayan de Oro and by the Provincial Governor of Misamis Oriental.