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[In the news] Authorities alarmed over illegal hydraulic mining in CDO’s mountains -MindaNews.com

MindaNews » Authorities alarmed over illegal hydraulic mining in CDO’s mountains.

By Froilan Gallardo, MindaNews.com
February 10, 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/9 February) – In the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong, the rampant illegal hydraulic mining along the Iponan River in this city and neighboring town of Opol in Misamis Oriental has become the centerpiece of a major environmental concern in this city.

During a meeting of the Misamis Oriental Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, officials identified major financiers that are fueling the illicit multi-million industry in the hinterlands of Cagayan de Oro.

Officials also bared the presence of Korean nationals who are operating three to five barges in the Iponan River ostensibly for sand and gravel quarrying.

“We suspect these Korean nationals are actually engaged in gold mining,” Teddy Sabugaa, operations chief of the Misamis Oriental Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said.

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[In the news] Bishop to officials: Stop mining now – www.goldstardailynews.com

Bishop to officials: Stop mining now
January 13, 2012

CAGAYAN de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma on Wednesday challenged city hall to show some political will by putting a stop to all mining activities in the city in the aftermath of the Typhoon Sendong devastation last month. Ledesma said this a day after the city council majority blocked a proposal made by Councilors Edgar Cabanlas and Roger Abaday for a suspension of mining operations in the city. The opposition council subsequently called for an investigation into the alleged ties of some of the legislators to miners.

The proposal was blocked by Councilor President Elipe. Councilors Alden Bacal and Simeon Licayan threw their support behind Elipe. Elipe argued that there were no data to support the conclusion that mining factored in the floodings last month. The Roman Catholic archdiocese has called on civil society groups to pressure the local government to do something to stop the mining operations.

“It is high time for the civil society groups and everyone concerned to have a common campaign against environmental destruction. This should cut across party lines because this is not a political partisan move but a proenvironmental move,” said Ledesma. He said he hoped civil society group would move immediately.

“I support the move for the moratorium or complete stoppage of mining and logging operations in the hinterLand barangays. Local of ficials should do something about the mining operations which caused heavy siltation and erosions,” Ledesma said. In a pastoral letter last Dec. 21, the archbishop blamed illegal logging and mining activities for the degradation of the environment and the siltation of the river bed of the Cagayan de Oro and Iponan rivers.

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[In the news] Jesuits offer relocation site for ‘Sendong’ victims in CDO; Reds, inmates donate cash- www.mindanews.com

Jesuits offer relocation site for ‘Sendong’ victims in CDO; Reds, inmates donate cash
By Cong Corrales, http://www.mindanews.com

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 December) — The city government recently received a Jesuit-owned land to serve as a relocation site for the victims of the flood brought by Tropical Storm Sendong, and cash-donations from even the most unlikely donors—the local revolutionary movement and inmates at the provincial jail of Misamis Oriental.

In a letter to City Mayor Vicente Emano dated December 23, Xavier University president Fr. Roberto Yap said the Jesuit-run school has decided to donate its five-hectare property in upland barangay Lumbia to City Hall to serve as a relocation site for “our sisters and brothers who have lost (their) houses during Typhoon Sendong and cannot return to their previous sites which are flood-prone and with geohazard risks.”

XU’s board of trustees decided to “grant the local government of Cagayan de Oro City, usufruct rights to five-hectares of the university’s property in Lumbia as resettlement site for families whose houses were destroyed during Typhoon Sendong.”

The university also “commits to work with your local government; regional and national government agencies; local, national and international non-government organizations and foundations; and the private sector in developing this relocation site in an environmentally-sustainable way.”

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[From the web] ONE FOR ILIGAN: Help the Typhoon Sendong Victims – iliganbloggers.com

ONE FOR ILIGAN: Help the Typhoon Sendong Victims
By Lisa Marie | Pinay Travelista

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Donate $1 for the ILIGAN FLOOD VICTIMS OF TYPHOON SENDONG

Maayong Iligan in this season of giving.
Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. is humbly requesting your generous help for the victims Bagyong Sendong of Iligan City.
Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. is accepting donations in kind for the victims of Typhoon Sendong in the city. We encourage the following items for donations: canned goods, noodles, bath and laundry soaps, toothpaste, rice, used clothings, slippers, and cash donations.

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