Min­eral ore trans­porters await charge

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RE­GIONAL State Prose­cu­tor Non­na­tus Cae­sar Ro­jas in a re­cent or­der re­versed the ear­lier res­o­lu­tions of dis­missal by the Benguet Provin­cial Pros­e­cu­tors Of­fice against the sus­pected il­le­gal min­ers ap­pre­hended in March.

“File the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion in court for vi­o­la­tion of Sec­tion 53 of R.A. 7942, oth­er­wise known as the Philip­pine Min­ing Act of 1995,” or­dered penned Ro­jas in a five page res­o­lu­tion.

It can be re­called on March 2, 2017, a joint check­point op­er­a­tion along Hal­sama High­way, Abatan, Buguias con­ducted by PNPBuguias and Benguet PPSC, in co­or­di­na­tion with DENR-CENROBuguias re­sulted to the ap­pre­hen­sion of a 10Wheeler Isuzu Truck loaded with min­eral ore al­legedly from Sa­gada, Mt. Province which they picked up from Sinto, Bauko, Mt. Province.

The sus­pects failed to show an Ore Trans­port Per­mit (OTR).

Ar­rested were driver Del­mas Dati, a na­tive of Binga, Ti­nong­dan, Ito­gon, Benguet and his helper, Jen Boado Cab­u­totan, a na­tive of Tubao, La Union. The truck is bear­ing plate num­ber RKL-107 is ac­cord­ingly reg­is­tered to Apollo D. Pilu­den.

Former Buguias chief of po­lice Chief In­spec­tor Peter Dapliyan and Buguias CENR Of­fi­cer Rabindranath Quilala filed their re­spec­tive com­plaints against the cul­prits but were dis­missed on the ground that an ore trans­port per­mit is re­quired only for the trans­port of non-pro­cessed or non-milled min­eral ore.

How­ever, it was found a trans­port per­mit is not re­quired in this case be­cause the truck’s cargo con­sisted of milled or pro­cessed ore which are con­sid­ered as waste ma­te­ri­als that have no eco­nomic value.

Quilala moved to re­con­sider but was de­nied, how­ever, and filed a pe­ti­tion for re­view to the Re­gional State Prose­cu­tor where he found refuge.

The al­leged source of the ore is from an aban­doned mine tail­ing of a pre­vi­ously small-scale min­ing

op­er­a­tion in Sa­gada, Mt. Province.

Pur­suant to Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der No. 79, aban­doned tail­ings are sup­posed to be owned by the state and any ex­trac­tion ac­tiv­i­ties from the tail­ings with­out proper clear­ance from the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau (EMB) and Mines and Geo­science Bureau (MGB) is a vi­o­la­tion.

Quilala mean­while lauded the de­ci­sion adding there is a need to in­ten­sify the Anti-En­vi­ron­men­tal Crime Op­er­a­tions in the com­mu­nity level in co­or­di­na­tion with the var­i­ous agen­cies to en­sure the ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient im­ple­men­ta­tion and en­force­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal and min­ing laws in the area. CENRO Buguias Re­lease

Photo by Red­jie Melvic Cawis

PLAS­TIC BAN. Lo­cal mar­kets in the province of Benguet have started en­cour­ag­ing mar­ket go­ers to bring their own plas­tic con­tain­ers or eco-bags in a bid to lessen the garbage.

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