Tinongdan opposes mining-A A +A
Monday, June 2, 2014
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Barangay officials of Tinongdan in Itogon, Benguet expressed their opposition to the establishment of any small-scale mining structures in their barangay.
Barangay officials of the town crafted Resolution 7, series 2014, opposing the establishment or construction of small scale mining structures in the area which may pose danger to the environment and pollute and contaminate their resources.
They stressed protecting and preserving their natural resources are of utmost priorities while promoting a tourist-friendly and healthy community for residents to enjoy.
"Facilities and structures such as gold processing plant, ball mill or milling projects within the territorial jurisdiction of the barangay pose danger to lives of human beings, animals or livestock and affect bodies of water such as creeks and rivers with various fish species as source of food," the resolution said.
Also, their rights as indigenous peoples/indigenous cultural communities recognized by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples must be protected as provided in the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act.
There are small groups which undertake scale mining operations in Itogon apart from the large mining companies which operate in the municipality. (Susan Aro)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 03, 2014.