Consistent with the provisions of Republic Act 7076 and DENR Administrative Order 2015-03, its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations, the PMRB has favourably acted on the petition of Mr. Rodel L. Panes for the declaration of Minahang Bayan in these Barangays with gold mineralization and traditional small scale miners operating therein as “Minahang Bayan”.

The declaration is pursuant to the Memorandum issued by DENR Undersecretary and Chief of Staff, Rodolfo Garcia determining that the said petition for the declaration of Minahang Bayan is in order pursuant to RA 7076 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, subject to the condition that applications for small scale mining contract with the administrative jurisdiction of Barangay Cagpandan shall not be accepted until such time that resolution/endorsement of its Sanggunian is complied with.

The PMRB-Masbate is composed of the following: Regional Director of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. V Engr. Guillermo A. Molina, Jr. IV as the Chairman, Hon. Antonio T. Kho, Provincial Governor of Masbate as Member, Mr. Orencio M. Pusing as the Small Scale Mining Sector Representative, Engr. Sulpicio B. Bernardo III as the Large Scale Mining Sector Representative (Filminera resources Corporation), Mr. Baltazar T. Quilario, as the Non-Government Organization Representative (BAMCO).