DENR Caraga operatives headed by OIC, CENR Officer of Bunawan Ranulfo Climaco with the assistance of Bunawan Municipal Environment Officer Apolonario Pastera, PNP Police Senior Inspector Gemma Corbita and Police Senior Inspector Edgar Fulay of the 3rd PNP Maneuver Company have dismantled three sawmill shops which are illegally operating at the remote Barangay of Old Ponlacion in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, Thursday. DENR Regional Director Nonito M.Tamayo has instructed CENRO Climaco to file appropriate charges against the owners of the sawmills.
BUTUAN CITY -- An official of the newly created Environmental SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team has called upon the Regional Director of DENR 13 Nonito M. Tamayo on Thursday at the DENR Regional Office in Butuan City to convey the programs and policies of DENR Secretary Regina Paz Lopez in connection with her campaign against environmental crimes and destructions.
Also present at the meeting were the Senior Staff of Director Tamayo, his Assistant Directors for Technical Services Roberto Oliveros and Engr. Paquito D. Melicor Jr. for Management Services, and the Regional Director of Environmental Management Bureau Wilson Trajeco, the Mines and Geo Sciences Bureau representative Engr. Daniel Belderol, and the PENRO and CENRO officials.
Undersecretary Art Valdez said he was instructed by Sec. Lopez to strengthen coordination between the Environment SWAT and the DENR officials of the Region to effectively enforce the laws and regulations on environment to stop timber poaching and illegal mining operations that destroy the environment.
USEC Valdez also explained to the DENR Regional Officials about the on-going mining audit being conducted in Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte and other mining sites in the country which are results of the objective of Secretary Lopez to give social justice in communities affected by mining operations.
He said the SWAT will implement the environmental laws. “Anything against environment is a crime” he added. This task force will assess law enforcement needs and operations. It shall also form multi-sectoral law enforcement teams if necessary and provide quick response to urgent calls to deter environmental crimes.
Sec. Lopez said the SWAT team will work with the military and the police to hunt down environment criminals.
Secretary Lopez said that as the mining audit continues, “miners operating without necessary permits would be hunted down, like thugs and drug lords, under her watch”.
Valdez said he will look into the status of the mining companies which operations have been suspended by the DENR Secretary. “We want to verify reports that these suspended mining companies are still operating in defiance of the order” he said.
Valdez shared some advice to the field officials to settle the issues and problems related to the environment in their respective jurisdiction. “Let us, as possible, prevent these unsolved issues to reach the Secretary’s desk” he said.
“Let us give chance for ourselves to solve the problems” he said. “I am willing to help you address your problems, issues, and concerns in your area but I would expect everyone to follow and implement the laws, rules, and regulations on environment” he said.
DENR Caraga Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo leads the kick off activity of the People’s Day program last August 10, 2016 at the DENR Regional Covered Court in Barangay Ambago, Butuan City.
The People’s Day program was initiated by DENR Secretary Gina Lopez at the recent Environmental Summit in Davao City.
The program aims to bring the agency closer to the people. Thus, declaring every Wednesday as People’s Day.
DENR Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said “DENR Caraga fully supports the implementation of the People’s Day program. This is indeed the right time to hear out the people and directly provide actions that will immediately meet the issues and concerns about the environment being presented by the people.”
During the kick off activity, the clients were given chance to talk directly to the top officials of the department. A total of 61 clients were accommodated and assisted resulting to positive feedback from the clients.
The issues and concerns of the people were acted upon by Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Roberto A. Oliveros, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Engr. Paquito D. Melicor Jr., the Division Chiefs, the PENR and CENR Officers, and EMB Regional Director Wilson Trajeco.
By Herzon F. Gallego
Butuan City – Two teams were formed by DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo last week in support of the Memorandum Order No.1-2016 issued by Secretary Regina P. Lopez imposing the audit of all operating mines and moratorium on New Mining Projects.
The team is composed of representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries Region 13, PENRO Surigao del Norte, Mines and Geo Sciences Bureau -13, Diocese of Surigao City, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Health, DENR-13, CCPD, and the Department of Agriculture.
The team will audit specifically the Taganito Mining Corporation and Greenstone Mining in Claver, Surigao del Norte; the SR Metals Inc. in Tubay, and other mining firms operating in Caraga Region from July 28 to August 5, 2016.
Secretary Lopez said she wants to focus the audit in Mindanao because she would like to ensure that at the very least, in Mindanao, their social injustice will be minimal.
Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte have been prioritized by Secretary Lopez after the members of the indigenous people’s group met with her earlier this week and aired their grievances against the mining companies in these areas.
“There will be a moratorium on all new mining applications until the audit is done” Secretary Lopez said.
Since the audit started, four mining firms in Zambales and three in Palawan were suspended because of violations. (HERZON GALLEGO)
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