Illegal mining still widespread in Cam Norte

CAMARINES NORTE—Both legitimate and illegal miners are drawn to the gold that glitters in the towns of Paracale, Panganiban, and Labo in this province.

Paracale, Camarines Norte
Paracale, Camarines Norte Photo via Paracale Kay Ganda

Of the illegal miners, 78 individuals have already been apprehended, and 21 cases filed in the different courts since January this year, according to the consolidated reports of the police.

The report reaching BICOL STANDARD indicates that law enforcement agencies are now zeroing in on the town of Paracale, where new mining sites are currently being developed at Sitio Maning in Barangay Casalugan.

As this developed, a series of anti-illegal mining operations have been conducted by the Paracale PNP, that resulted to the arrest of 26 persons and the discovery of 10 illegal mining sites.

Seven cases, all involving the revitalized illegal mining activities, have already been filed, according to the local police.


Relative to these problems, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved SP Resolution No. 430-2014, urging the Acting PNP Provincial Director to stop the small-scale mining operation at Barangay Casalugan, Paracale.

To further strengthen the campaign against the illegal mining activity, a coordinating conference to discuss the illegal mining operations was held last September 29. In attendance were members of the Philippine National Police.

The Camarines Norte Provincial Police Office (CNPPO) is also formulating a Localized Anti-Criminality Action Plan (LACAP) that will address the illegal mining activities at Sitio Maning.

The action plan seeks to specify the tasks of the concerned government agencies in the implementation of the resolution.

Heading the group will be the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), supported by the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board, and the local government units.

Meanwhile, another coordinating conference is being scheduled to clarify several points in the action plan.

Joint effort

Under the leadership of PSSupt Moises Cudal Pagaduan, the CNPPO has been assisting the MGB in its campaign against illegal mining in Camarines Norte.

Apart from extensive operations, Paracale Municipal Police Station is also conducting an information drive regarding the stoppage order, as well as the dangers of uncontrolled and unsafe mining practices.

Signs urging the public to report illegal activities to the police have likewise been posted near the mining sites and several strategic areas in Paracale.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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