Town officials oppose small-scale mining-A A +A
Monday, March 19, 2012
SALCEDO, Eastern Samar – Local government officials of this town conducted mangroves planting to show opposition to small-scale mining operation in the town.
Mayor Carmelita Sumayod led her department officials and joined forces with non-government organizations, officials and residents of Barangay Carapdapan, including the academe.
Municipal Councilor Cornelio Sison Jr. said he is concerned on the effect of mining to the environment, as they noticed that some rivers in their town are now dead due to siltation.
He said mining operators uses the river water to wash the mined minerals.
He added that mining operators are also not able to pay their dues to the Municipal Government. Based on the ordinance they passed, they are obliged to pay .50 cent per kilo each time they made loading to transport chromite.
“We even plan to give them condonation, but what they only do is question the ordinance we passed,” he added.
Mayor Sumayod, however, noted that although the operation of mining in her area had already affected the environment, it also brought good things to its people. She said illegal logging and illegal fishing lessened.
“They had already resorted to mining, where they earn easier than their previous job,” said Sumayod.
Three small-scale mining companies, owned by foreign nationals, are operating in the town. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)