Vizcaya gov joins barricade vs mining firm

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BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Governor-elect Carlos Padilla joined the barricade of indigenous peoples and farmers in Sitio Camgat, Didipio in Kasibu town to stop the drilling and exploration activities of an Australian-Canadian transnational mining company.

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Residents belonging to Didipio Earth Savers Multi-Purpose Association (Desama) and Samahang Pangkarapatan ng Katutubong Mangagawa at Magsasaka, Inc. (Sapakmmi), launched their barricade since Wednesday in Sitio Camgat in the said village.

The local folks put up a barricade against OceanaGold explorations with placards saying “No to water pollution, Pull out the drilling and No to exploration.”

They also pleaded to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte “to change the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 which brought large-scale mining to our lives.”

Padilla, outgoing Deputy Speaker at the House of Representatives and known for his anti-mining stance, said he will work to stop mining in the province as governor.

“I urge the people to show their support by joining the people’s call to end mining, and seek President-elect Duterte’s help to stop the destruction of Nueva Vizcaya and cancel the permit of OceanaGold,” Padilla said.

A representative of the lone district of the province for more than 30 years, Padilla is considered as one of the staunch champions of repealing the Mining Act of 1995 and the enactment an Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB). As a legislator, he has also drafted and supported bills declaring No-Go Zones areas in the country.

“I want OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) and their international counterparts to respect the decision of the people to no longer continue to operate, moreover, expand their operations here. OceanaGold should stop and go,” Padilla said, joining the residents at the barricade.

Two foreign large-scale mining firms operate in the province – OceanaGold Corporation in Didipio, Kasibu and the British FCF Mineral in Runruno, Quezon.

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  1. Mabait na Pinoy on

    The people, and farmers of this little town will ultimately fell the end result of mining exploration. Local and provincial government cannot do anything? It seems like nothing or nobody can stop the mining activity in this small town and they should have resorted to something else, something that would make the miner leave the area.

    I would have employed couple of sharpshooters or snipers to start taking down people involved in mining activities. After taking down four(4) or five(5) workers or employees on the first day of work and three(3) more the following day, the mining management will be awakened and start shaking because the local people means business. The management of the mining company would then ask the town police to investigate the crime just committed. However, the town police will intentionally NOT be able to find the murderer(s) in a short reasonable time, so the mining company start packing and leaving the area because the risk of getting killed is too high. The town people can always blame the NPA for the killings and they are also known to protect poor people.

    Make sure the mining company shall cover all the holes they dug and reforestation or plant trees on the areas they ruined. I am sure, the mining company will not hang around the area long enough to find the killer, because whoever they leave behind to represent the mining company’s interests will be taken down, as well. In the end, the people of that remote town will have peace of minds and back to their normal lives.

    Mining Explorations, Oil explorations, coal mining, dumping of toxic wastes from manufacturing, destination of shipped waste from other countries and more, can be found in the Philippines. Can anybody guess why our country is a favorite place for foreign companies to manufacture products? Because the labor is cheap and the toxic wastes, can easily disposed. These two areas mentioned alone cost them tons of money just to comply with toxic waste disposal regulations in other countries

    The incoming government have a lot of work to do such as, improving Mining Law and Labor Law should be revised as well. The government should keep in mind, all their work and efforts should benefit and in the interest of the Filipino people.