Environmental advocates in Cagayan province on Sunday lamented the apparent helplessness of the government in stopping what they described as illegal black sand mining operations by foreign companies, mostly Chinese, in the province’s northern coastal areas.
The provincial board of Ilocos Norte on Wednesday approved a resolution banning black sand mining in the province.
A group of Pangasinan residents opposing the extraction of black sand in coastal villages in the capital town of Lingayen mounted protest rallies in front of offices of national government agencies, including the Office of the Ombudsman, to alert authorities about environmental problems in the province.
By Melvin Gascon
Cagayan Gov. Alvaro Antonio on Tuesday ordered eight companies conducting black sand extraction activities in three coastal towns to stop operating.
Gov. Amado Espino Jr. said he welcomed a congressional inquiry into black sand mining on the coast of Lingayen Gulf, which was ordered stop last Jan. 25 by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—Politics is behind moves to stop the development of the 264-hectare provincial government property here into an ecotourism and industrial zone, a Pangasinan official said. Provincial administrator Rafael Baraan issued the statement yesterday following a cease-and-desist order issued by the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) on black sand mining in the area. “How come the [...]
By Inquirer Central Luzon
, Robert Gonzaga
IBA, ZAMBALES—Residents of a coastal village in Botolan town are complaining that black sand (magnetite) mining operations there have been eating away the shoreline of their community, threatening to destroy their houses. “We have been complaining for a long time. Some of my neighbors are afraid already. We have approached [Department of Environment and Natural [...]