GOVERNOR Nestor Fongwan advised Bakun folk in opposition to mining operations to have one unified stand.

Fongwan added there are organizations that are in favor for the exploration of Royalco, an Australian mining company in Barangay Gambang.

Elders of the Bakun - Aywanan people's organization are still protesting phase II and III for mining exploration.

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Elders went to the Provincial Capitol Monday to submit yet another protest to the project before going to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

Fongwan said the people should have a clear stand on the issue to avoid confusion.

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has been at the hot seat over complaints of elders pointing to a flawed Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) proceedings.

The Bakun - Aywanan people's organization fear that permits for the phase five and six of the exploration project will soon ensue with the release of permits for previous phases.

Last year the group submitted a letter to NCIP Cordillera Administrative Region Regional Director Amador Batay-an requesting him to stop the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Phase III, an order from the central office has allowed the mining firm to proceed, basing on the FPIC documents.