Around seventy officers of the Philippine National Police in Ifugao attended the seminar on Environmental Laws Against Illegal Mining conducted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region (MGB-CAR). The activity was held on April 5, 2017 at the Ifugao Police Provincial Office and was facilitated by personnel from the Mine Management Division (MMD) of MGB-CAR.

These police officers have been deputized by virtue of MGB-CAR Special Order No. 100 signed by Police Chief Superintendent Elmo Francis O. Sarona, Regional Director, PRO-COR and Ms. Fay W. Apil, OIC, Regional Director, MGB-CAR and Chairperson, PMRB-Ifugao. Said special order deputizes all the Officers and Members of the Philippine National Police in the Province of Ifugao to enforce pertinent rules and regulations against illegal mining in their respective jurisdiction.

Under the Special Order, they shall apprehend perpetrators of illegal mining including the illegal transport of minerals, mineral products, sand and gravel or quarry materials and file the appropriate charges; prepare appropriate documents for the filing of cases before the proper court in collaboration with the Regional Director and the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board; seize and confiscate equipment, tools and conveyances used in illegal mining including illegal transport of minerals and mineral products; conduct monitoring and investigation of illegal mining; and to submit monitoring or apprehension reports to the Bureau Director through the MGB Regional Director.

The deputation and capacitation of the officers and members of PNP-Ifugao will surely help in the intensification and sustainability of the government’s campaign against illegal mining activities in the province.