Gov Lacson to small-scale miner: Do not abuse permit

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Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson reminded small-scale miners in Negros Occidental not to abuse the permit issued to them by the provincial government.

“I want to be forthright with you, our permit holders. Please bear in mind that the permit given to you is a privilege, a privilege to use and enjoy our resources, not a license to abuse our finite natural reserves,” said Lacson during the recent Governor’s Permit Holders’ Forum and Dialogue held at the Negros Residences.

He added that both the government and the private sector should ensure economic development and environmental protection go hand-in-hand. (

“I want to give you my full trust and confidence, that you will use the grant given to you responsibly and conscientiously, and it is my ardent hope that such trust will always be preserved and respected,” said Lacson.

The governor also acknowledged the permit holders who have complied with the required fees in full.

During the forum, the permit holders/stakeholders were informed of the province’s policy direction for the year 2020 and were asked to provide inputs on how to improve the permit processing and regulations in line with the need to promote responsible mining practices among mining practitioners in Negros Occidental.