PMA campus declared no-mining zone

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BAGUIO CITY—The Philippine Military Academy’s (PMA) Fort Del Pilar has been declared a “no-mining zone,” one of the first areas to receive this classification here following the issuance of Executive Order No. 79, the mining policy of President Benigno Aquino III.

EO 79, issued on July 6, requires government agencies to segregate environmentally vulnerable regions that may not host any form of mining activities.

Capt. Agnes Lynette Flores, PMA spokesperson, said the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) had informed the academy about its new status on the same day it held a dialogue with pocket miners operating inside the PMA reservation.

Landslide-prone

Alfredo Genetiano, officer-in-charge of the MGB Cordillera mine management division, said government mine engineers, geologists and the Benguet Provincial Mine Regulatory Board have concluded that the whole PMA reservation stands in an area that is prone to landslides, based on the 2010 geological hazard maps of the MGB.

The new mining policy enumerates areas closed to mining applications, including “critical areas, island ecosystems and impact areas of mining as determined by current and existing mapping technologies that the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) may identify.”

But the PMA has been asked to allot a portion of its reservation as site of a Minahang Bayan, which EO 79 also promotes, said Genetiano.

The Emerald Mountain Explorers Association Inc. (formerly the Kias Explorers Association) has asked PMA officials to allow pocket mining at the 1-hectare Nugget Hill, which could be reclassified as a Minahang Bayan zone.

Small-scale

In cases like this, Genetiano said “no-mining zones” may still host small-scale mining, provided the agencies or people who have custody of these lands approve of these changes.

He said government experts are also required to conduct further studies to determine if the property can cope with mining operations.

In 2009, 10 pocket miners were killed in a landslide triggered by the onslaught of Typhoon “Kiko” near the PMA reservation in Barangay Kias. The miners tried to rescue five of their companions who were pinned by an earlier rockslide, according to records of the Office of Civil Defense. Vincent Cabreza, Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • kilabot

    no worry, the pma’ers are mining the govt coffers not the campus.

  • Loggnat

    ‘ In cases like this, Genetiano said “no-mining zones” may still host small-scale mining, provided the agencies or people who have custody of these lands approve of these changes.’ /// Is it a no-mining zone or is it not? They should make up their mind and make a firm decision already. Vacillation on decisions like this makes them sound insincere and does not really know what they are doing. Passing the buck on who will make the decision to mine or not to mine makes this mining management office unnecessary and very useless if you ask my opinion. It also circumvents the presidential executive order No.79 thus making it useless, too.

  • joboni96

    madaling mag declare ang gobyerno
    ng no mining

    pag maliliit ang tatamaan

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