Mining in 2 Misamis Oriental towns ‘alarming’-A A +A
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
DESPITE efforts from government agencies to stop illegal mining in Misamis Oriental, mineral extraction activities in said province have remained unabated, a Provincial Board member revealed.
Board Member Boris Oliver Actub said he received complaints from residents of the presence of illegal mining in the towns of Opol and Manticao.
Actub said the situation is “very alarming” after he learned that three backhoes were allegedly used in excavation to extract precious minerals in the two municipalities.
He suspected that mining activities are rampant in both areas and that “it has to be stopped once and for all.”
Actub referred the incident to the committee on environment chaired by Board Member Jabi Bernaldez to conduct a committee hearing.
Actub also demanded that a consultation meeting should be attended by concerned agencies such as the local government units (LGUs) of Opol and Manticao, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division, Philippine National Police (PNP), and civil society groups, particularly Sulog.
“Let us not wait for our resources to run out or perhaps endanger the lives of the local folks brought by illegal mining,” he said.
For his part, Bernaldez said he will look into the concerns of Actub and set the committee hearing on Thursday, September 5.
Actub urged his fellow legislators during Monday’s regular session to revoke the mining permits to forcibly stop illegal mining activities, and to declare through a resolution a province-wide mining moratorium for six months.
He hopes that within that period, all forms of mining activities in the province will cease. He sees this as the best solution before a long term remedy will be resorted.
Vice Governor Joey Pelaez supported the appeal of Actub and ordered for the immediate drafting of the invitations to different concerned sectors.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 04, 2013.