Complaint vs OceanaGold formalized

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Governor Carlos Padilla has led the provincial government in formalizing the request to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the immediate cancellation of OceanaGold Philippines Inc.’s (OGPI) renewal of its exploration permit.

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Padilla said in a letter addressed to Environment Secretary Gina Lopez they are formalizing their request for the cancellation or suspension of the exploration permit and that an exploration moratorium be declared pending amendments to mining policies.

Lopez on Wednesday assured Padilla and residents of Kasibu town that she would cancel the extension of the exploration permit granted to OGPI amid strong opposition from residents and anti-mining advocates to the mining activities in the area.

“Seemingly, the issuance of the exploration permit last April, 2016 which resumes the exploration activity of the company was a midnight deal and very suspicious,” Padilla said in the letter.

OceanaGold in a press statement said that its five-year extension to the exploration period of its Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) was granted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) that is valid from March 2016 to 2021. The MGB is an agency under DENR.

He said the cancellation of the exploration permit is urgent because Nueva Vizcaya is a critical watershed of four major water and energy projects such as the Ramon Dam, San Roque Dam, Pantabangan Dam and Addalam National Irrigation System.

He also said that it is of importance to protect watershed areas in the province to maintain sufficient irrigation water supply to hundreds of thousands of agricultural lands in Region 2 and Region 3 aside from the power they generate.

“In its societal vision, we are a watershed haven and we promote the development of the province as an agro-forestry area and eco-tourism because of its rich and fertile soil, semi-temperate climate and its natural wonders,” Padilla said in his letter to Lopez.

Padilla also said that in Kasibu town, host to OceanaGold’s FTAA coverage, is the location of the fourth longest cave system in the country called the Capisaan Cave System and the plantations of citrus and other high value crops that farmers sustainably produce are now being threatened.

“Most of the communities where the ongoing exploration is being undertaken oppose this activity as indicated on their various petition papers submitted to you by our partner Alyansa Tigil Mina,” Padilla said.

LEANDER C. DOMINGO

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  1. not most of the communities ,they are few who are against Oceanagold,
    Many residents are being employed and have benefits from OceanaGold.
    Im full blooded Didipians and I know the story behind this place.
    walang gustong mag develop sa lugar na ito na galling sa gobyerno dahil hindi pa nila alamna may kayamanan na gold dito,,halos walang mga daanan,paano mailabas ang mga agricultural na produkto ng mga magsasaka eh walang daanan,gumanda lang buhay dito noong dumating ang OCEANAGOLD.
    Sana pakinggan din nila ang side ng mga pro mining hindi puro anti mining,

    • Deuteronomy 8:7-9 ESV

      For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper.

  2. its ludicrous to have someone like lopez in that position , we dont live in a perfect world and that is what she is trying to achieve , you have to be fair , so far she is trying to shut down everything ; the philipines is getting a bad name here ; its alright for her to gamble on a utopian society , she is rich and has nothing to lose , what about all the mine workers and revenue,philipines is starting to get a bad name and investors will leave and where do you get the money for your green kingdom in utopia , your schools , scholarships etc , at least you’ll have a giant national park , perhaps we could all go on a picnic i will never ever invest money in any ph company again !