DAVAO Metropolis – The Division of Setting and Organic Methods (DENR-11) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-11) clarified Tuesday that not a solitary open up-pit mining exists within Davao Oriental’s guarded spots.
The organizations issued the clarification just after an environmental advocacy group known as on neighborhood authorities to shift towards the full closure of an open-pit mining project in Davao Oriental found in the vicinity of the secured places of Mt. Hamiguitan and Pujada Bay.
Davao City-based Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS) reported it was alarmed over stories that the Pujada Nickel Open-Pit Mining Project straddles the Mount Hamiguitan Wildlife Assortment, a UNESCO Heritage Web site and guarded by the Republic Act 9303, and the Pujada Bay Guarded Seascape and Landscape.
Even so, DENR and MGB said the Austral-Asia Hyperlink Mining Company and Hallmark Mining Company (ALMC/HMC), both equally in Barangays Cabuaya and Macambol in Mati Town, are nickel mines with legitimate and existing Mineral Manufacturing Sharing Agreements (MPSA).
They also never hire the open-pit mining strategy, in accordance to DENR and MGB, as they use “strip or contour mining strategy only.”
DENR and MGB’s joint assertion also clarified that an environmental compliance certification was issued to ALMC/HMC, dependent on the analyze of the environmental weather of the region.
In addition, they explained the two ALMC/HMC are under care and servicing status and have not operated since 2016 and that their areas fall exterior the Mount Hamiguitan wildlife sanctuary.
“This place of work acknowledges the concerns raised by many environmental groups and advocates. Rest confident that you are read and that the DENR is furthermore placing its most effective foot ahead to maintain our ecosystem and organic methods sustainably managed,” the assertion explained.
The DENR and MGB also underscored the significance of “responsible mining.”
“Metallic minerals, this sort of as Nickel is an critical metallic utilized as an alloy in the generation of our mobile telephones, structures, transportations, electric power technology, electrical battery for a new era of electric powered vehicles to name a couple,” the organizations reported.
Final week, the town of Mati assured the community that the mining web site of ALMC/HMC comprising a overall location of 17,215.49 hectares is outdoors the protected places.
When the Duterte administration imposed a nationwide ban on open up-pit mining in 2017, both companies halted their procedure. (PNA)