Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza vowed to review and stop the reported illegal mining operations in the province, particularly in the gold-richtown of Bunawan.
Plaza said he would seek help from concerned government agencies to ensure the strict implementation of existing mining policies and regulations as well as other related environmental laws.
“I will personally look into this one and I will ask concern line agencies of the government and the military and police to help me in putting an end the illegal mining activities,” the governor said.
He said he would also consult and conduct dialogue with the legitimate mining companies so that he could get strategies and information on how to eradicate illegal mining operation in his province.
Last July 30, Plaza and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 13 Regional Director Engr. Roger A. De Dios jointly issued a ceased and desist order to all small-scale mining operations in Bunawan town.
Plaza said his concerns over illegal mining grew after he saw what happened in some parts of Luzon when typhoon Ompong struck weeks ago.
“I don’t want this to happen in my province due to illegal mining operations. Illegal mining must be stopped to avert any untoward incident,” he said. By CLC Photo courtesy of Ppio Agusan del Sur