Leyte SP sets another
consultative meeting with mining companies
Media Relation Center
August 6, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of
Leyte is expecting again the presence of two mining companies as
it rescheduled another consultative meeting this August 17 to shed
light on the various issues and concern as regards mining exploration
The Provincial Board’s
committee on environment headed by Board Member Roque Tiu revealed
that they have yet to gather thorough information on the mining issue
that they are set to get to the bottom of this by inviting yet again
the two other mining companies who were not in attendance during the
July 27 consultative meeting.
These companies are
the the Oregon Mining and Development Corporation (Oregon) and Lazarus
Mining Corporation (Lazarus) but who informed in advance that they
would be unable to attend the said meeting.
The committee is
expecting the appearance of
and Lazarus this August 17 which are targeting the exploration of
magnetite sand and other associated mineral deposits in the northern
part of Leyte’s coastal areas covering Capoocan, Carigara, Barugo, San
Miguel and Babatngon.
Meanwhile, it was
found out from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
that Carigara Bay is declared as a marine sanctuary and being such
would not allow large-scale fishing and large-scale mining.
Other Board Members
such as Atty. Nico Villasin from
District that already with BFAR informing Carigara Bay, which is part
of Leyte’s coastal area, is a declared marine sanctuary, he is poised
to oppose the mining exploration as this would affect marine resources
and the people’s main source of living.
Board Member Tiu, on
the other hand, also suggests of a visit by the board members to Brgy.
Pongon in MacArthur, Leyte where another mining exploration is
underway by Nicua Mining Corporation (Nicua).
During the early
months of this year, hundreds of residents in Brgy. Pongon, MacArthur,
Leyte staged a protest rally and demanded for the permanent stoppage
of the mining exploration in their area claiming the activity, which
they beleived is more than just a mining exploration, has already
caused massive floods and destruction of vegetation in their area.
It was learned that
this protest by the residents has been laid before the regional trial
court and the latter is set to conduct an ocular inspection of Brgy.
Pongon on August 20.