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Bulacan Gov proposes five measures for responsible mining
Friday, 13 August 2010
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CALL FOR UNITY. Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado urges all stakeholders who attended the Mining Summit recently to embrace responsible mining and quarrying activities in Bulacan which tranlsates to “maka-Diyos, makatao, maka-kalikasan” (pro-God, pro-human, and pro-environment). View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS – In front of at least 500 stakeholders in the first ever mining summit initiated by the Provincial Government of Bulacan at the Hiyas Pavilion in this city, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado proposes five measures to ensure that responsible mining and environmental protection will co-exist.

First is compliance with proper and right standards in mining and quarrying set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which means, it should be in accordance to God’s will, pro-environment and humane approach of operations or in the words of Alvarado, “maka-Diyos, makatao at maka-kalikasan”.

Second is the creation of a multi-partite monitoring team that will guard and monitor the mining and quarry operations.

“The multi-partite monitoring team will compose of representatives from a pro-environment group, affected constituents, tribe, contractor, representatives from DENR-Region III, Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office and Mines and Geosciences Bureau as the chairman,” Alvarado elaborated.

Third is the comprehensive inventory of mineral reserve to be used for future responsible and sustainable mining and development.

The fourth measure covers the utilization of Environment Enhancement Fund, collected every year from mining and quarry permitees, for the protection and rehabilitation of the nature and environment to mitigate and address the adverse effect of mining and quarry operations.

The fifth and last is the formulation of Bulacan Environment and National Resources Code that will set the rules and guidelines in conserving the nature and environment.

Alvarado, however, said that the implementation of these measures is still open for modifications from the stakeholders.

“Lahat po tayo ay may taya sa ating kalikasan at kapaligiran. Ingatan po natin siya at pagyamanin at ating tiyakin na bawat tilamsik ng mineral, ng bakal o gintong madudukal sa ating lupain ay tutungo hindi lamang sa pribadong lukbutan ng mga mamumuhunan kundi sa kabang-yaman n gating pamahalaan at sa kagalingan at kaunlaran ng ating ,mga kalalawigan,” said Alvarado.

In a related development, the governor said the effectivity of Executive Order No. 01-2010, temporarily suspending all mining and quarry operations in the province, will push thru pending a mutual resolution among stakeholders and the authority that will be beneficial to both humans and the environment.

However, in response to the clamor of the affected sectors, Alvarado temporarily allowed the transportation of stockpile of raw materials and finished products to continue various construction projects in the province.

Meanwhile, Atty. Teddy De Belen, head of BENRO, said they will consolidate all issues and suggestions raised by the stakeholders to ensure that their voices are considered in the succeeding decisions to be made by the Provincial Government including the decision to lift the temporary suspension of mining and quarrying activities .###

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