permits should remain within bounds, says Leyte guv
Media Relations Center
August 17, 2010
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla said they do not stand in opposition
to applications for mining explorations in several Leyte towns that
currently sits with the regional office of the Mines and Geosciences
however, the governor said, such activity would remain only as an
“exploration” and not full “commercial mining”.
The latter, he said,
would need to have the full consent and support of people involved
particularly the residents of the community.
“We do not oppose
mining explorations as long as the companies would operate within the
stipulations and condition of the exploration permit granted and they
have not started full mining operation in the area,” Gov. Petilla
This he declared amid
calls from various sectors in the province to defer the approval of
mining exploration permit applied for by at least four mining
companies to explore possible mineral deposits in a number of
For the part of the
province, the governor said, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of
Leyte has already launched inquiry into the said applications and has
even a pending schedule for another consultative meeting with mining
companies applying for permits with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.
He also lauded the
efforts of the lawmakers of the province in appraising the situation
and their intent to craft a resolution as regards mining in the
province of Leyte after these consultative meetings.
The new schedule for a
consultative meeting is set this August 17.
The provincial board
is set on having a thorough knowledge on the mining activities that
these companies are set to conduct before passing a resolution
endorsing the mining exploration application.
Being summoned by the
provincial board to appear this August 17 are Oregon Mining and
Development Corp. and Lazarus Mining Corp., two of the three mining
companies with pending application permits for offshore exploration in
the first and second districts of Leyte.
Mining, Inc. (NAMI) already made its appearance during the first
consultative meeting held last July 27.
These companies are
applying for exploration of magnetite sand and other associated
mineral deposits in the northern part of
areas covering Capoocan, Carigara, Barugo, San Miguel and Babatngon.
Several members of the
Provincial Board expressed unease over the proposed offshore
explorations especially in the municipalities facing Carigara Bay as
they learned from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources that
Carigara Bay is declared as a marine sanctuary and being such would
not allow large-scale fishing and large-scale mining.