Governor Lacson pushed for Sustainable Environmental Management during the Governor’s Permit Holders’ Forum held today at the Negros First Residences in Bacolod City.
“Negros Occidental is one of the most gifted provinces in terms of natural resources and as a father of the province, I want to be forthright with you that the permit given to you is a privilege to use and enjoy our resources, not a license to abuse our finite natural reserves,” the Governor said.
More than 200 permit holders attended the event which served as a venue within which to discuss and address pressing issues concerning the Sand & Gravel and Mineral utilization within the province. The activity also provided the opportunity to enhance the collaborative participation among government agencies and permit holders.
The stakeholders were also informed of the province’s policy direction for 2020, the inputs generated by permit holders/stakeholders on how to improve the permit processing and regulations as well as the promotion of responsible mining practices among mining practitioners in Negros Occidental.
The activity was spearheaded by the Provincial Environment Management Office led by Atty. Danilo Amisola.
Also present in the activity were Board Member Rommel Debulgado, Chairman of the SP Committee on Environmental Protection, Mines and Geosciences Bureau – Region 6 Director, Engr. Raul Laput, Regin Segovia of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 6, DENR-PENRO Forrester Edgardo Rostata, Negros Occidental Miners Permittees Association, Inc. (NOMPAI) vice president, Allan Joseph Arceo, Negros Occ. Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz II, and Dr. Rowena Parcon, head of the PEMO Regulatory Services Division, among others.*Capitol News