LGU to strengthen position vs. illegal logging, open pit mining

ILLEGAL MINING and logging will be the among the top government watchlists for next year.

“Illegal mining has degraded the landscape of my country, and destroyed the soil. It has poisoned the rivers, and the chemicals go out to sea, [poisoning] marine life,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said in yesterday’s “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” program.

However, he said that the policy will only apply to Davao because “I will only get into a fight” with the other local government units if he encourages them to also adopt the anti-mining and logging stance.

The committee on environment at city council, then led by Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang passed also a law banning mining in the city except for instances wherein “materials for building a city” are needed, such as quarrying, limestone gathering, and the like.

Banned operations stated in the ordinance include open-pit mining and other forms of deep excavation mining.

Dayanghirang in previous interviews said the main purpose of the law was to ensure the safekeeping of natural resources that can be affected by mining operations, such as lakes, creeks, and rivers, and forests, as chemicals used in mining can adversely affect these resources.

Other areas in Mindanao face problems with mining activities, small scale or large, which include areas like Compostela Valley, Surigao and Zamboanga.

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