CEBU CITY, May 15 (PIA) -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR-7) is no longer the governing agency on treasure hunting activities.
MGB-7 Legal Officer Atty. Cid Jerome Navarez explained during the recent Kapihan sa PIA interview that treasure hunting activities are now under the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) in view of Republic Act 4846 as amended by Presidential Decree 374, otherwise known as the "Cultural Properties Preservation and Protection Act."
The NMP is the government agency to implement the provision of this act and to regulate treasure hunting activities in public and private lands as the disposition of recovered hidden treasures or things of value, said Navarez.
"Among the mandates of the NMP is to enforce the law to include the monitoring, documentation, registration of cultural properties, issuance of licenses, certification, permits, information dissemination and research," he added.
MGB-7 will continue to provide technical assistance on geohazard assessment, among others, as provided within their mandate and jurisdiction if the area is protected or safe for treasure hunting activities.
Applicants for a treasure-hunting activity must first secure a clearance from the local government unit if the area to be excavated is public land.
Navarez assured the public that any report submitted to their office related to treasure hunting will be forwarded to the National Museum for proper action.
He urged the public to be vigilant and report to the authorities any illegal treasure hunting in their area. (hfg/PIA7)