The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region X conducted a training for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region X (DENR-MGBX) Deputized Officers on May 11, 2022 at the MGB-X Conference room. Deputized officers were composed of seven (7) NBI North Eastern Mindanao Regional Office (NEMRO) namely, Agent V, Chemene L. Nacua; Agent IV, Nasib D. Yasin; Senior Agent, Romil A. Erojo; Special Investigator III, Norodin D. Pundamudag; Special Investigator, Pastor A. Oran, III; Special Investigator III, James Christopher R. Mendez; and Special Investigator IV, Nolan P. Gadia.

The objective of the training was to capacitate deputized officers on the conduct of apprehension/seizure of perpetrators of illegal mining and illegal transport of minerals and mineral products within their respective jurisdiction. Topics included pertinent provisions of the Philippine Mining Laws, mining operations, basic ore/rock minerals identification, procedures for Law Enforcement, apprehension, functions and roles.

Conduct of deputation and refresher training to deputized officers are some of the initiatives MGB-X plans to establish to strengthen the enforcement towards responsible mining. Moreover, MGBX believes that joint efforts and collaboration among qualified persons and offices will effectively address the existing problem on illegal mining.