WATCH. PEMO CONDUCTS TRAINING ON CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT FOR PEDOs AND RSD ENFORCEMENT TEAMS
The Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) is conducting Training on Capacity Enhancement for Police Environment Desk Officers (PEDOs) and Regulatory Services Division (RSD) Enforcement Teams on the Provincial Tax Ordinance and other related environmental laws.
The training aims to strengthen the campaign against illegal extractions and transport of sand and gravel materials and establish an enforcement network stationed in each LGU.
The two-day training, which started today, was held at the Negros Occ. Food Terminal Market in Bacolod City.
It is spearheaded by PEMO’s Regulatory Services Division, which is mandated to regulate the extraction of sand and gravel, and quarry resources in a sustainable means.
PEMO Head, Atty. Julie Ann Bedrio thanked the PNP Environment Desk Officers and other partners for participating in the training and for their full support of the programs of PEMO aimed at protecting the environment.
PEMO has also initiated the creation of Task Force Balas Bato (TFBB) which became PEMO’s enforcement arm tasked to ensure that the extraction, transport, and sale of sand and gravel, and mineral resources, within the province of Negros Occidental, follows the provisions of the Provincial Tax Ordinance No. 2017-001.
According to PEMO Regulatory Services Division Head, Dr. Rowena Parcon, with an established network of enforcers province-wide, the response time on violations can be lessened increasing the probability of apprehensions and thereby ensuring effective and efficient enforcement operations.