BAGUIO CITY—Seventeen applications for the establishment of Minahang Bayan sites in the different parts of the Cordillera region have hurdled the initial review undertaken by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau central office, and the applicants have been notified of their deficiencies for their applications to proceed to the next stage.
Engineer Alfredo Genetiano, officer-in-charge of MGB-CAR’s mine management division, said the 17 MB applications were part of 59 total applications that were endorsed by the regional office to the central office for the initial review of their documentary requirements and their compliance with existing laws, rules and regulations.
“We gave them sufficient time to allow their applications to proceed to the next stage of the tedious processing of Minahang Bayan sites in the different parts of the region,” Genetiano stressed.
The MGB-CAR official said nine MB applications are in Apayao, four are in Benguet, three are in conflict-stricken Abra and one is situated in Kalinga.
Among the deficiencies uncovered by the MGB central office on the pending applications include documents that will prove that previous applications over the applied areas have already been abandoned; the existence of documents that will prove there are no overlapping claims over the applied areas; and pertinent studies showing the suitability of the area for the desired Minahang Bayan sites.