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09/09/2013: DENR steps up anti-illegal mining campaign in Iponan River, watershed in Misamis Oriental

From the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

The regional offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Cagayan de Oro City, and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) have joined forces to put a stop on illegal mining activities along the stretch of Iponan river and its watersheds in Misamis Oriental.

In a report to Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Ramon J. P. Paje, DENR-Region 10 Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that a memorandum of agreement to this effect had been signed recently by regional officials of concerned agencies last month, namely: MGB Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto, Police Sr. Superintendent Raul Benitez for PNP Regional Director Catalino Rodriguez Jr, and Sr. Superintended Froilan Bonifacio representing Police Chief Superintendent Reginal Villasanta of PAOCC.

The signing was witnessed by Mayor Oscar S. Moreno of Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental environment officer Josito Nick Tilos representing Gov. Yevgeny Emano.

According to Tawantawan, CDO Mayor Moreno has committed to support the campaign within his area of jurisdiction by providing alternative livelihood to affected communities.