SUSPENSYON HAN OPERASYON HAN NICUA MINING CORPORATION GINHINGITA HAN MGA KONGRESISTA HA SINIRANGAN BISAYAS NGAN ANAKPAWIS PARTYLIST!

TACLOBAN CITY – Ginhingita han mga Kongresista ha Sinirangan Bisayas ngan ANAKPAWIS Partylist Representative Rafael Mariano an suspensyon han operasyon han Nicua Mining Corporation han ginbuhat nga Committee Hearing on Environment and Natural Resources ha Kongreso dida han nakalabay nga Mayo 23, 2012.

“Kaangayan gudla nga igsuspinde hasta nga maundang an nahitatabo nga pagmimina ha MacArthur, Leyte han Nicua kay dako na an naidurot hini nga destroso ha kalibungan ngan pakabuhi ha mga tawo diri la ha MacArthur kundi ha bug-os nga rehiyon 8,” pahayag ni Nestor Lebico, Secretary-General han Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas o SAGUPA-SB.

Tinambungan ni Congressman Roger Mercado han Southern Leyte, Congressman Ben Evardone han Eastern Samar ngan Congressman Rafael Mariano an ginpatawag nga Committee Hearing ha Kongreso nga kon diin positibo nga ginkarawat han komite an mga pitad nga ginplastar sugad han pagkondukta hin on-site public inquiry ha Sinirangan Bisayas kabahin han mining operations ngan agap nga pagsuspinde han operasyon han NMC ha MacArthur, Leyte. Ha pagkayana aada ha 149,535.3760 ektarya an mayda pagmina han magnetite sand o 29% tikang han kabug-osan nga lugar nga mayda aplikasyon han pagmimina.

“Hugot nga natindog an organisasyon han hul-os nga pagpaundang han pagmimina han magnetite sand ngan moratorium ha mga aplikasyon han mina ha Sinirangan Bisayas. Agap nga igsabalaud an Peoples Mining Bill of 2011. Suportahan an anuman nga mga paningkamot han katawhan para pagpugong han mapandistroso nga pagmina ha iba-iba nga lugar ha rehiyon”, pagtatapos ni Lebico.###

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STOP MAGNETITE MINING IN EASTERN VISAYAS NOW!

STOP MAGNETITE MINING IN EASTERN VISAYAS NOW!
Position Paper for the Magnetite Mining Committee Hearing

We oppose the black sand or magnetite mining in Eastern Visayas for the following reasons:

1. Massive Fish Mortality in Lake Bito, Mac Arthur, Leyte

The two waves of fish kill in Lake Bito, Mac Arthur, Leyte which losses 22 tons of tilapia amounting to 1.87 million pesos on the first wave from March 14 to April 15 and the second wave on May 12, 2012 which did not killed the tilapia alone but also affected the shells, shrimp and ducks within the lake were not prevented to happen by the government agencies. Even with the “strict compliance” of Environmental Compliance Certificate and other pertinent documents of the Nicua Mining Company mining magnetite sand since November 2012 in the area and the “close monitoring” of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, DENR, EMB, LGU and other government agencies did not also prevented the damage to the source of food and livelihood of the 90% of the people of Barangay Imelda and its neighboring communities.

Situations similar to this are highly to occur again and again if the concerned government agencies don’t have the capacity and the willingness to strictly supervise mining operations according to the standard procedure which will protect the environment and the source of livelihood of the people.      

2. Dislocation from food source, livelihood and habitat and destruction of environment and agriculture due to extensive area for the Approved and Application for Magnetite Mining in the Region


Mining tenements in the region as of February 2012 cover 507,746.4729 hectares or 24% of the total land area of the region. For the magnetite mining alone it covers 149,535.3760 hectares of 7% of the land area in the region. Approved magnetite exploration and mineral production sharing agreement reaches 53,833.8150 while pending applications cover 95,701.5610 hectares.  Magnetite mining comprises 29% or almost one-third from the total mining area application.  

3. Insignificant benefit for the people compare to the wanton destruction to environment, agriculture and livelihood

With the present orientation of mining industry in the Philippines which is not geared towards national industrialization very little benefit is derived from it by the people.  

It is in this light that we strongly propose for the following:
1. Total stop of magnetite mining operations and moratorium on the applications on magnetite mining in Eastern Visayas and the whole nation.
2. Enact Peoples Mining of 2011 or House Bill 4315 of Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, ACT Teachers and Kabataan.
3. Strengthen the power/capacity of the communities in decision-making for the issuances and/or cancellation of mining permits and monitoring of mining activities.###

MINING OPERATION BY NICUA HELPED CAUSE THE MASSIVE FISH MORTALITY IN LAKE BITO!

TACLOBAN CITY – Contamination from Mining operation and turbidity are two of the three causes  of the massive fish mortality in Lake Bito, MacArthur, Leyte according to the final report of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). The report  was made  in Brgy. Villa Imelda, MacArthur  to the fisherfolks and  the barangay officials and to the municipal officials  last May 7.

“The damage caused by Nicua Mining to Lake Bito, the  food and livelihood resource for the people  of  Bgy Imelda and of the nearby barangays can no longer be denied. Hence, those responsible    for the damage,  those who failed to prevent  the damage from occurring,  as well as those  who presented misleading  information  which sabotaged  the fast and effective response to  the problematic situation should be punished  according to the full weight of the law,” according to Nestor Lebico, Secretary-General of  Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas o SAGUPA-SB.

Massive fish mortality in the Lake  started in March 14. According to Barangay officials and fisherfolk leaders, fish mortality has continued since then . The damage has reached 22 metric tons. Thus income from mariculture  in the lake has been  paralyzed.

“We challenge the LGU  leaders of the  municipality of MacArthur and of the province of Leyte  to serve their constituents s  by helping  them  compel NIcua mining  Corporation/Leyte Ironsands Corporation (NMC/LIC) to pay  for the damage  they  made. We also  ask MGB director de Dios to explain to the public how come his model for   responsible mining acted  irresponsibly,” Lebico  ended.###

DIRECTOR ROGER DE DIOS: TAGPROTEKTA NGAN TIGBABA HAN NICUA MINING CORPORATION!

TACLOBAN CITY – Garapalan nga nagpinanhatag hin usa nga surat an Mines and Geosciences Bureau o MGB 8 pinaagi ha opisina ni Mayor Rene Leria nga nagpupublikar ha mga molopyo han Villa Imelda nga an operasyon han pagmimina han Nicua Mining Corporation diri amo an kawsa han fishkill ha Lake Bito.

“Diri na kinahanglan nga magyakan hi Director Roger De Dios kon hain hiya mas naugop kasumpay han fishkill ha Lake Bito kundi mahihikit-an ini ha iya mga gios ngan mga ginpapasarang nga surat nga klarado an pag-ugop han nagdidistroso ha pakabuhian han mga tawo”, pahayag pa ni Nestor Lebico, Secretary-General han Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas o SAGUPA-SB.

Apisar han ginpagawas nga resulta han Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources o BFAR 8 dida han Mayo 7, 2012 nga nagsusumat nga usa an pagmimina nga nagkontribwer han fishkill ha Brgy. Villa Imelda, MacArthur, Leyte padayon la gihapon nga gintatahuban ni Director de Dios an Nicua kasumpay han dako nga baratunon hini diri la han nahitabo nga fishkill kundi pati na gihapon an kadistroso han Pamunawan Creek nga aragianan han tubig tikang ha Lake Bito.

“Damo na nga mga bayolasyon an nahikikit-an han operasyon han Nicua pero nagpapaka-buta-bungol hi de Dios han kamatuoran nga nahitatabo lugod iya ginpoprotehiran an kompaniya. Sanglit hini nga sitwasyon, ginpapanawagan namon an mga katawhan ha Villa Imelda ngan bug-os nga MacArthur nga igpadayon an ginbubuhat nga barikada ngan waray kahadlok nga ibuksas an ka-inutil han MGB para ipaukoy an pagmimina. Padayon nga magkaurosa, atuhan an pagmimina han magnetite sand ngan protehiran an Lake Bito ha anuman nga larang han pagruba han surok paabuhian,” pagtatapos ni Lebico.###

PAGMIMINA HAN NICUA MINING COMPANY GINTUDLOK NGA USA HA MGA KAWSA HAN FISHKILL HA LAKE BITO!

TACLOBAN CITY – Kontaminasyon tikang ha minahan ngan an sobra kalubog han tubig an duha ha tulo nga possible nga kawsa han pagkamatay han isda ha Lake Bito nga nahimumutang ha Brgy. Villa Imelda, MacArthur, Leyte basar han nagin resulta han pag-aram han Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources o BFAR.

“Diri na gud poyde maidiwara nga an pagmimina nga ginbubuhat han Nicua Mining Company an nagpatay han surok pakabuhian han mga molopyo ha Villa Imelda ngan kakranit nga barangay ngan bungto. Kinahanglan hira papagbatunon hini nga distroso nga ginbuhat  ha Lake Bito ngan katawhan ha MacArthur, Leyte,” pahayag pa ni Nestor Lebico, Secretary-General han Samahan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Sinirangan Bisayas o SAGUPA-SB.

Tikang han Marso 14 tinagdamo nga tilapia an nagkamagtay ha Lake Bito ngan nagpapadayon pa ini hasta ngada yana nga naabot na 22 metriko tonelada basar han nahirekord la han barangay. Paralisado na an income, pakabuhi ngan pagkaon han mga molopyo nga nalaom ha lawa.

“Kinahanglan na umaksyon an lokal nga pamunuan han MacArthur, Leyte nga maimbestigaran ngan maipaundang na an gnbubuhat nga pagmimina han Nicua Mining Company. Gin-aayat namon an Mines and Geosciences Bureau pinaagi han Director Roger De Dios nga maghimo hin rekomendasyon ha MGB National nga ikanselar an permit han Nicua tungod han kahibangan nga gindurot diri la ha pakabuhi han mga tawo kundi pati ha kalibungan” pagtatapos ni Lebico.###