The Mines and Geoscience Bureau X conducted a Deputation Seminar for seven (7) personnel to be deputized and accredited as Mines and Geosciences Bureau deputized persons as recommended by Hon. Mayor Gomer Sabio of the Municipality of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. The seminar was in consonance to the letter requests of Mayor Sabio dated November 1, 2019 and February 17, 2020 respectively.
The request for deputation was in view of the rampant illegal sand and gravel extraction in his jurisdiction which according to Mayor Sabio has been a century old illegal activity and has not been resolved until present times.
The Deputation Seminar was conducted last February 21, 2020 at the Tagoloan Conference Room, within their Municipal Hall in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. It was attended by Engr. Daniel S. Belderol, Chief-Mine Management Division, Engr. Manuel L. Candia, Engr. lV and Engr. Lemuel B. Cabahit, Engr. ll, all of the Mines ad Geosciences Bureau- X. Also in attendance were Mayor Sabio and some local officials of Tagoloan and the seven identified persons to be deputized.
The deputation is anchored on Section 7 (f) under DAO No. 2010-21, which is the Consolidated Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.
To quote Section 7 (f) – Organization and Authority of the Bureau -“ To deputize, when necessary, any member or unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and barangay, duly registered and Department accredited Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) or any qualified person to police all mining activities:”