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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. V (MBG RO-V), PENRO- Camarines Sur, EMB-V, CENRO-Iriga, Buhi-Barit Watershed Area Team (BBWAT), PNP-Iriga and NBI-Naga as a Team has stopped the quarry operation of Mr. Marlon Tabalde in Sitios Lapnig, Payron and Kalangatngan all in Barangay Dela Fe, Buhi, Camarines Sur.

The stoppage of the said quarry operation stirs out on the result of the on-site Team investigation. During the investigation, the Team found one (1) backhoe; stockpiles of gravel and boulder and further found out that the quarry operation of Mr. Tabalde has no valid mining permits.

Seized backhoe (left photo) and stockpiles of gravel and boulder found in Sitio Lapnig. (Right photo)

MGB R.O.-V intends to file criminal cases in violation of RA 7942, the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and to conduct Administrative Confiscation Procedure for the seized equipment against Mr. Tabalde. The seized equipment and quarry materials are entrusted by the Team in the custody of a Barangay Kagawad and BBWAT.

The action of MGB RO-V is in pursuance of the mandate of the MGB as a vigilant steward of the country’s mineral resources committed to the promotion of sustainable mineral resources development through responsible mining.