Quantcast

Gov seeks full probe of mining on mountain



Zambales Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane

Zambales Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane is asking authorities to conduct a full blown investigation into allegations of small-scale mining of chromite in Mt. Tapulao, an environmentally sensitive area.

The provincial government, Ebdane said, would be able to provide information to help in the investigation.

In a statement, he took a swipe at former governor Amor Deloso, whose statement he described as “one for the Guinness Book of Records” for being baseless.

Ebdane said he has not allowed anyone to mine in Mt. Tapulao since the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) plans declare the mountain as a protected area and the provincial government plans to develop it into a tourist destination.

“I have not issued any mine permit, neither will I ever allow anyone to mine in the area. If there is such permit issued by higher authorities, I will be the one to initiate its cancellation at the soonest possible time,” he said.

Ebdane also said mining did exist at Mt. Tapulao under the tenure of Deloso as governor, but the operation was stopped by the DENR with the help of the Philippine Army in 2009.

The governor’s son, former congressman Jun Omar Ebdane, even sponsored House Bill No. 5873 to declare Mt. Tapulao as an ecotourism zone.

“That is our original plan for Mt. Tapulao, to preserve and make it a tourism attraction. That is a sustainable alternative for such a place so rich in biodiversity,” the governor said.

Deloso lost to Ebdane in the gubernatorial race in the May 2013 elections.

Ebdane said his administration advocates responsible mining and this is why he has issued fewer than 100 small-scale mining permits.

He described the number of permits he issued as “a far cry from the more than 300 [pocket mining permits] that Deloso had granted.” With a report by Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon


Follow Us


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Hermogenes Ebdane , Mt. Tapulao , Small-scale Mining , Zambales




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement
Marketplace
Advertisement