The Provincial Environment Management Office will conduct a Governor’s Permit Holders forum/dialog for quarry applicants on the first week of February in Bacolod City to give permit holders an opportunity to raise their concerns and pursue possible resolutions, its press release said.
It will also be a venue for the national government agencies, such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Environmental Management Bureau, and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, to inform permit holders of the new policy directions for 2020, in line with the development agenda of Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.
PEMO head Danilo Amisola said that, with such initiative, the province is taking a bold step in promulgating significant changes to promote a more responsive and organized system in sand and gravel (SAG) operations for the benefit of all stakeholders, the press release said.
Lacson has signed Executive Order No. 20-01 on January 8, 2020, that provides SAG applicants an extension not exceeding 90 days to process their permits, in addition to the 270-day period.
This is in response to numerous requests for additional number of days in the processing of requirements related to SAG operations applications.
Recently, the PEMO institutionalized a more efficient database management that involves the pre-evaluation of applied areas for SAG and quarry operations. The new system requires that the applied area be inputted into the system to determine whether there is overlapping over applied areas, thus, preventing potential conflicts among SAG applicants.
Such innovation resulted in the decline of complaints on overlapping in conflicted areas, the press release added.*
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