Leyte SP hosts a
consultative meeting on mining issues
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Leyte hosted a Consultative meeting
last Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning at the
Session Hall with the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
Chairman, Board Member (BM) Roque A. Tiu presiding.
The main objective of
the consultative meeting was to discuss issues and concerns in
connection with the Application for Offshore Exploration by two mining
companies, Lazarus Mining and Oregon Mining.
It would be recalled
that two sessions ago or last July 13, 2010, the Sangguniang
Panlalawigan of Leyte during its second regular session for this term
2010-2013, the agenda on the applications of Lazarus Mining and Oregon
Mining for Exploration permit respectively, were referred to the
Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Chaired by BM Roque A.
The area for
exploration applied by the two mining companies is the Carigara Bay
covering the municipalities of Carigara, Capoocan, Barugo, San Miguel
Considering that the
application for exploration is the very first in the history of the
Leyte SP, Chairman Tiu and the rest of the members of the August Body
decided to conduct a Consultative Meeting to be attended by the two
mining applicants, the LGUs concerned, National Government Agencies
like the DENR and BFAR, media and all others who would be interested
on the matter for the purpose of securing the comments and processes
from those concerned.
Consultative Meeting which was attended by the members of the Leyte
SP, namely Chair Roque A. Tiu, Vice Chair of the Committee, BM Carlo
Loreto and member BM Tony Jabilles. Others who attended were BM
Cayunda who was the Acting Governor at the time, BM Rolando Piamonte,
BM Bernard Remandaban, BM Malou Go-soco, BM Deborah Bertulfo and BM
It was learned from
Mr. Julius Caballes of BFAR that the Carigara Bay is a Marine
Sanctuary, which surprised all those in attendance in the Session
Hall. But, the two applicants who were both absent due to their
attendance of a similar meeting in General Santos City at the same
date could not make any comment to the disclosure from BFAR.
Accordingly, the Environment Committee announced that there will be
another gathering to treat the applications of the two mining
The representative of
the MGB said that there was a time when the requirement for the mining
companies to seek permission from the provinces and municipalities
concerned was removed. With the coming in of a new head of the DENR,
however, the requirement was again included.
In the same occasion,
the officers of Northern Access Mining, Inc. who were present
expressed their interest to, in the near future, apply for a permit to
conduct the production activity of magnetite sand with the concerned
It was learned that
their company has piloted an area in Tolosa and will serve as the
model of their company for the other LGUs to assess.
representatives who were present appreciated the conduct of the
consultation as it has enlightened everybody in attendance, on most of
the issues and concerns pertaining to mining.