[Press Release] San Roque Mines still under probe – Tubay Mayor -ATM

San Roque Mines still under probe – Tubay Mayor

MGB urged to be fair on its investigation

Tubay, Agusan del Norte – “The investigation is not yet over!”Mayor Sadeka Tomaneng reacted on the report that the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB) had cleared San Roque Mines for its alleged failure to comply on environmental and health hazard laws.

“We have not received the final report for the investigation being conducted by the multi-departmental team created by the national office of MGB. We will only rely on the document that will be released by MGB Director Leo Jasareno. Therefore for now, SRMI is still uncleared,” Mayor Tomaneng added.

The Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (MMT) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources released its report last week(when?), stating that SRMI had committed no major environmental violations for its operations. They even denied claims of people of Tubay that the mining firm caused heavy siltation in the coastal area of Tubay.

Mayor Sadeka confirmed that they have presented strong evidences on their claims against SRMI. “Based on what we have presented to MGB and on what the director had seen during his visit to SRMI last February, and together with the investigation of the various government agencies including the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Bureau of Soil, Jasareno will decide whether SRMI should continue with its operation”. These evidences include actual photos and videos of the mining operation and its impact on the coast of Tubay.

“I am disappointed to know the report from the Multi-Partite Monitoring Team. I am strongly hoping that MGB will not be easily swayed with this report. The behavior of the MMT is one of the very reasons why the people petitioned SRMI because the issues that are felt up to now by the Tubaynons are not reflected in any of their previous reports” Mayor Sadeka added.

Meanwhile, Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina expressed support to Mayor Sadeka and urged MGB to have a fair and clear decision stand on this issue. “MGB should give merit to the call of the mining-affected communities. They should also respect the decisions of Tubay local government.”

“This case in Tubay augments our call to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 that had fallen short in protecting our environment and upholding the right of people for shelter, water and livelihood. And until the government had outlined appropriate approaches to address issues such as this, moratorium on mining remain the best thing that the government should do now,” Garganera added. He also said that this particular situation reflects the growing dissatisfaction of many local governments on the way large-scale mining are being imposed on them as a national priority.

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who are opposing the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The alliance is currently pushing for a moratorium on mining, revocation of Executive Order 270-A, repeal of the Mining Act of 1995 and the passage of the Philippine Mineral Resources Act a.k.a. Alternative Minerals Management Bill.

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For more information:
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, (0927) 761.76.02 <nc@alyansatigilmina.net>
Edel S. Garingan, ATM Media and Communication Officer, (0922) 891. 89. 72 <communications@alyansatigilmina.net>

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