Probe underway vs ‘abuses’ of Homonhon residents-A A +A
Saturday, August 24, 2013
EASTERN Samar Vice Gov. Marcelo Picardal said an investigation is underway on the alleged human rights abuses perpetrated by mining operators in Homonhon Island in Guiuan against some of the island’s residents.
Residents of the island have complained of harassments and violence being committed against them by the mining operators.
The residents added that the mining operations in the island deprived them of their rights to health and water and these mining operators are existing despite of lack of public consultation and not complying with the regulatory standard set for mining operations.
Picardal said the planned investigation would be conducted by his office together with the members of the Provincial Board.
The plight of Homonhon residents must be investigated and addressed properly as soon as possible, Picardal added.
He said the investigation would not only result to protecting the rights of the people but also to protect the province’s remaining forests as well.
The vice governor told Leyte Samar Daily Express that mining is a “very touchy issue” in his province.
Picardal said, if mining in Homonhon Island will continue, the island could collapse and sink into the sea.
Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone has filed House Bill 6679 prohibiting for mining operations in the province. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)