NegOcc guv warns small-scale miners not to abuse permit

first_img“I want to be forthright with you, ourpermit holders. Please bear in mind that the permit given to you is aprivilege, a privilege to use and enjoy our resources, not a license to abuseour finite natural reserves,” Lacson reiterated in his message to theparticipants of the Governor’s Permit Holders’ Forum and Dialogue held at theNegros Residences here Friday. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson has reminded small-scale miners inNegros Occidental that the permit issued to them by the provincial governmentis a privilege that should not be abused. Regional Director Raul Laput of theDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau –Western Visayas discussed his agency’s relevant policy issuances. (With a report from PNA/PN) Lacson said it is time that both thegovernment and the private sector demonstrate that economic growth andprotection of the environment can go together and not be in conflict with eachother. During the forum, the permitholders/stakeholders were informed of the province’s policy direction for theyear 2020 and were also asked to provide inputs on how to improve the permitprocessing and regulations in line with the need to promote responsible miningpractices among mining practitioners in Negros Occidental. Amisola discussed the innovative changesthat have been adopted and the future development strategies to improve theservices related to applying for Governor’s Permit. Lacson commended the ProvincialEnvironment Management Office, headed by lawyer Danilo Amisola, for organizingthe forum and dialogue. “I want to give you my full trust andconfidence, that you will use the grant given to you responsibly and conscientiously,and it is my ardent hope that such trust will always be preserved andrespected,” he added. The governor also acknowledged thepermit holders who have complied with the required fees in full. Some 200 participants, led by NegrosOccidental Miners Permittees Association, Inc. vice president Allan JosephArceo, attended the whole-day gathering, which served as a venue to discuss andaddress pressing issues concerning the sand and gravel and mineral use in theprovince and to strengthen the collaborative participation between governmentagencies and permit holders. “I want to be forthright with you, our permit holders. The permit given to you is a privilege, not a license to abuse our finite natural reserves,” says Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental. NEGROS OCCIDENTAL PIOlast_img