[In the news] Environmental group seeks total mining ban in Manicani Island, Guiuan | Sun.Star

Environmental group seeks total mining ban in Manicani Island, Guiuan | Sun.Star.

May 16, 2012

AN ENVIRONMENTAL group will seek an exception from the National Government to implement a total mining ban in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Marcial Somooc, an official of Barangay Buenavista of Manicani Island in Guiuan and member of the board of directors of Save Manincani Movement (SaMaMo), said they have written several petitions for President Benigno Aquino III to declare a total mining ban in their island due to the damaging effects of the mining operations.

He said they also asked Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone to aggressively campaign through legislation for the declaration of their province as mining-free, adding the House of Representatives is the best forum where they can achieve their anti-mining crusade aside from an executive initiative.

“We feel desperate in seeking relief without any positive actions from the local government unit and even from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) for the stoppage of any mining in our island. That is why we are asking the President to help us,” he said.

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