The Mines & Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) holds a seminar with the Camalig Task Force Quarry (CTFQ), MDRRMC Operations & Training Center, 2nd flr., Mytalic Bldg., Camalig Municipal Hall, Brgy. 2, Poblacion, Camalig, Albay.
Discussions mainly delved in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 7492 otherwise known as, “The Philippine Mining Act of 1995” and Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2010-21, including the acquisition of rights, quarry restrictions, granting of permits, mining applications and operations, environmental aspects, and other relative provisions.
Seven (7) Punong Barangays also attended the seminar as the CTFQ eyes to reinforce its operations through close monitoring and enforcement of environmental mining laws within the quarrying spots situated at Brgy. Tumpa, Quirangay, Sua, Quinuartilan, Palanog, Miti, and Caguiba.
In the first quarter of 2021, MGB-DENR suggested for the deputation of members of the CTFQ to strengthen its authorities to further ensure environmental protection while taking part of benefits from Camalig’s mineral resources.
LGU-Camalig created the CTFQ purposely to conduct quarry-related inspections, monitor all quarrying activities in the municipality, study short and long-term effects of quarrying on the flow and supply of water in the river systems, secure the structural integrity of affected dikes, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, promote effective and maximum implementation of both local and national environmental laws on the extraction of sand, gravel, and other mineral resources, and recommend the filing of appropriate cases against violators before the Provincial Environment & Natural Resources Office (PENRO) for culpable violation of Provincial Ordinance No. 003-2016.
In pursuit of fostering a “leveled-up” municipality, the CTFQ is set to complement LGU-Camalig’s development thrusts with the end view of promoting environmental protection and revenue generation which will redound to better delivery of basic services for the Camaligueños.
Article by: Mr. Tim L. Florece, PIO