By Melvin Gascon and Villamor Visaya Jr.
A Chinese miner and eight Filipino workers were arrested for illegal black sand mining in a coastal village in Gonzaga town in Cagayan province on Monday, indicating that the destruction of shores in the province by black sand miners continues.
Representatives of church groups and schools and residents have opposed a proposed resolution that would lift a ban on black sand mining in Ilocos Norte province.
The official who led the provincial board of Ilocos Norte into banning black sand mining six months ago has softened his position.
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said his department would definitely support the recommendation to deny the application for an environment compliance certificate (ECC) by Xypher Builders Inc.
By DJ Yap
A firm contracted by the Pangasinan government to develop a golf course in Lingayen town is in trouble with environment officials for the alleged unauthorized transport of a stockpile of 1,000 metric tons of black sand to a port facility.