Fifty (50) participants from the different PENROs/CENROs including embedded personnel, representatives from DENR , EMB and some MGB X technical personnel converged during the Orientation Seminar on the Guidelines in the conduct of Apprehension, Seizure, Confiscation and Dispostion of illegally sourced Minerals/Mineral Products and By-Products, Tools, Conveyances and Equipment used provided under MGB MC No. 2018-01 conducted on August 24, 2018 at the Philtown Hotel and Restaurant .
The Seminar was aimed to orient the participants on the updated policy guidelines in the apprehension, confiscation and disposition of illegally sourced minerals as provided under MGB Memorandum Circular No. 2018-01 and as presented by Atty. Josephine V. Sescon, OIC, Legal Service Division MGB Central Office, Manila.
Part of the activity was a simulation by the participants on the actual conduct of apprehension, Confiscation and seizure of illegally transported minerals wherein MMD Chief Daniel S. Belderol and MESSDD Chief Engr. Rodante B. Felina were asked to evaluate/critique the simulated process where they gave their comments and suggestions to improve the process.
Other topics presented include ‘’Integrated Environmental Crime Reduction Roadmap” by MGB X Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto, ‘’Regional Situationer on Anti-Illegal Mining Campaign “ presented by Engineer Daniel S. Belderol, Chief, MGB X Mine Management Division ,while Ms. Diory G. Carr, Legal Researcher, MGB Central Office- Manila discussed the ‘’National Situationer on Anti-Illegal Mining Campaign, highlighting MGB Efforts on its anti-illegal Mining Campaign in the different parts of the country.
On the part of the proposed Department Administrative Order (DAO) Defining Coordination and Collaboration of Modalities between and among the Regional Officies of the DENR, EMB and MGB, Ms. Luzminda G. Legara, OIC, Chief Enforcement Division, DENR X discussed the topic on ‘’Selection of Authorized Representatives of the Quick Response Environmental Teams as provided under Section 3.5 of the proposed DAO.
A Capability Program for PENROs, CENROs and embedded technical personnel (geologists/mining engineers) will be conducted soonest as agreed during the Orientation Seminar.