Davao urged to reconsider mining-free ruling

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014


MINDANAO Business Council chair Vicente Lao urged the City Government of Davao to reconsider its ordinance declaring the Davao City as mining-free city.

"There is no need to close the options of mining because the environment we are today will be different in next few years," Lao said.

He said there are new technologies that can be used to prevent or stop the negative impacts of mining.

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He also said that mining companies are already required to have a rehabilitation scheme for the area that will be mined.

He said the rehabilitation scheme should be designed in a way that after the mining operations, the people in the community will still have livelihood and the area mined will be rehabilitated.

However, it did not sit well with City Councilor Bonifacio Militar. "That is the point of view of a businessman," Militar said during the Pulong-pulong ni Pulong on Tuesday.

He said no amount of persuasion from the business sector could change the stance of Davao City on mining.

Militar said Davao City will remain as a mining-free. "If they really want, they can go to Benguet or Comval or other parts of the Philippines, but not in Davao," he said.

"While we want you to expand your fortune, not at the expense of mining," Militar said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 07, 2014.

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