Gov. issues protocol in issuance of SSM advisories during weather disturbances

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 28 (PIA) - - Governor Crescencio Pacalso  has issued a directive establishing protocol on the issuance of advisories to small scale mining(SSM) activities during typhoons and other weather disturbances upon the discretion of the respective municipal local chief executives.


Executive Order No. 2017-015 dated June 28, 2017 states that  “…it has been observed that situations during the occurrence of tropical cyclones and other weather phenomena vary from one municipality to the another hence, and advisory on the activities of small-scale mining may not effectively apply to all those engaged in small-scale mining within the province.”

It further stated that local officials of the respective municipalities where there are small-scale mining industries are in the best position to determine what sort of advisory should be issued in case of the occurrence of tropical cyclones and other weather phenomena within the locality.

Pacalso  cited  circumstances when  the municipal local chief executives (LCE) issue advisories:  If the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issues public storm warning signal number (PSWS) 1 or 2, LCEs should issue  an order to suspend or stop small-scale mining activities within the mining tunnel  within two hours from such issuance; If  PAGASA issues PSWS No. 3,4 or 5   within one hour from such issuance,  LCE should immediately issue an order to suspend or stop any and all small-scale mining activities.

During occurrence of ‘habagat’ or ‘amihan’, the issuance of advisory is upon the discretion of the municipal LCE based on situation existing within the municipality.

Dissemination of suspension stoppage order to the public is through radio broadcast as well as by phone call and text messages to the punong barangay upon issuance of such order. All precautionary measures should be undertaken and observed at all times.

Following the said directive, Tublay Mayor Armando Lauro issued on July 28, 2017 the suspension of small-scale mining activities in the municipality due to monsoon rains enhanced by typhoon Gorio. Susan C. Aro(JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet) 


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