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Ilocos Norte to recognize best practices in mining

Philippine News AgencyJuly 25, 2022

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LAOAG CITY – Ilocos Norte is set to recognize the public and the private sector’s initiatives and exemplary achievements in promoting responsible mining.

Provincial administrator Yvette Convento-Leynes confirmed this on Monday as she reported that the awarding of outstanding partners is set on July 27 in time for a provincial mining summit at the JLP Resort in Barangay Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

“One of the highlights of the summit is to recognize and give special wards to our outstanding quarry permittees who adhere to our rules and regulations as well as those who help us in apprehending violators,” she said, stressing the importance of the quarry industry as a major source of local revenue in the province.

“This is the only way to thank them for the contributions they are giving to the province,” she said.

The provincial government, however, has yet to announce the awardees.

To date, the Provincial Quarry Office reported that there are about 60 permit holders of commercial sand and gravel and 22 permittees of industrial sand and gravel.

Hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment and Management Bureau and in cooperation with the Ilocos Norte government, the mining summit aims to discuss pressing issues and concerns for the minerals industry in the region.

Existing quarry permittees, including new permit applicants, are expected to attend to help them become updated of the best practices and new mining policies.

Earlier, the Commission on Audit commended the Provincial Quarry Office under the provincial government for increasing its quarry collections to PHP43.8 million in 2021 as compared to the PHP26.8 million in the previous year. (PNA)

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