LA TRINIDAD -- Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan confirmed plans to file a case against Benguet Corporation.
Fongwan said the filing of legal charges will be the last resort of the province after the mining giant has refused to cooperate with the province in finding relocation for residents of Itogon affected by Benguet Corporation’s operation.
“The higher management is not listening to us,” Fongwan said, adding that the province’s the legal team is now looking into filing a case against the company’s non-compliance of the prescribed Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).
Fongwan said issues surrounding the company include pushing for the permanent relocation of residents in Itogon town allegedly affected by the operations.
Several residents in Sitio Batuang in Barangay Virac were displaced last year after a sinkhole appeared, swallowing two houses in the area.
MGB said the subsidence was triggered by the abnormally high rainfall brought about by Typhoon Lando, recording 775.4mm of rainfall for a single day equivalent for one month of rain.
The MGB results also point to the subsidence to be caused by a natural process called “pseudokarst piping” that may be enhanced by human activities enhanced by human activities and can develop within a day or two after heavy rainfall where there are little or no previous indications of subsurface erosions.
The MGB team recommends the immediate relocation of housing units that were found to show signs of subsidence with a vigilant monitoring of areas during times of heavy rainfall with an evacuation protocol and plan to be established.
Fongwan is also pushing for the permanent relocation of residents displaced by a typhoon in 2008 who are now living at Camote Vein, in Barangay Loacan.