Groups accuse MMDC of new violations
Anti-mining Coalition in Cantilan, Nagpakabana Na CarCanMadCarLanon (NNC), once again declared battle against MarcVentures Mining Development Corporations (MMDC) for the company’s alleged violation of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s (MGB) stoppage order issued on April 22, 2014.
According to NNC, MMDC has been doing full mining operations in Cabangahan, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur since May 12 despite the stoppage order.
In a letter to MGB Director Leo Jasareno, NNC condemns MMDC’s operations, pointing out that the company violated the stoppage order which states that MMDC is only allowed to do remediation activity in Cantilan, and not extraction and disposition of mineral ores.
NNC’s letter to MGB also requests for MMDC’s Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) to be cancelled for the ‘serious violations’ it allegedly committed.
The claim was supported by photos and videos that show an array of heavy equipment including backhoes and dump trucks in the mine site and remains of bulldozed trees in the head waters of Carac-an Watershed Forest Reserves.
Chito Trillanes, Spokesperson of Vicariate Social Action Center(VSAC) said that “MMDC is clearly using the remediation activity as a front to their illegal mining activities.
He also added that, aside from this violation, “MMDC is also defying the Temporary Environmental Protection Order (TEPO) issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Cantilan that prohibits them to perform mining operations in the Watershed Forest Reserves in Cantilan, Carrascal and Madrid.”
On a follow up communication, Trillanes called MGB Caraga Officer-In-Charge, ENGR. NOLI N. ARREZA, to bring to his attention these alleged illegal extraction activities performed by MMDC. Engr. Arreza told him that they already called the resident manager of MMDC who denied the accusations.
“MMDC can not deny their violations. We have proof that they are violating the stoppage order MGB issued. Said Emma Y. Hotchkiss, NNC Chairperson.
Hotchkiss asserted, “We demand the urgent issuance by MGB of a cease and desist order against MMDC with a directive to immediately stop its activities and to remove all its equipments from the mine site in Cabangahan, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur.”
Meanwhile, Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), a partner organization of NNC expressed its full support on the group’s actions against MMDC.
“If MMDC thinks they can get away with this, they have never been more wrong. We are ready to take every possible legal step to make sure that justice will be served.” said Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator.
Nagpakabana Na CarCanMad CarLanon (NNC) is an alliance of different sectoral groups and civil society organizations dedicated to protecting the environment in Surigao del Sur. Baywatch Foundation and CARCANMADCARLANPAR Social Action Center (VSAC) are members of the coalition.
Alyansa Tigil Mina 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 passage of the AMMB.
For more information:
Emma Hotchkiss, Baywatch Foundation Chairperson, 09054935061 <email@example.com>
Chito Trillanes, Vicariate of CARCANMADCARLANPAR Social Action Center Spokesperson, (0919) 962. 5131 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, (0917) 549.82.18 <email@example.com>
Check Zabala, ATM Media and Communications Officer, (0927) 623.50.66 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
ATM Press Release
June 7, 2014
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