MARINDUQUE: A NO-GO-ZONE FOR MINING

Macec Marinduque

OCTOBER 11, 2011, PROVINCIAL CAPITOL COMPOUND –┬áMore than 500 members of the Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MaCEC) converged in front of the Provincial Capitol Compound of Marinduque to demand immediate actions from the Provincial Mining regulatory Board (PMRB) of not renewing the mining permit of Polymining Development Corporation which planned to mine magnetites at Bocboc and Puting Buhangin, Mogpog. The junior and unknown company of Chinese management with some locals who are in cahoots with their plan to plunder our island, was given permit by the past administration but was not able to have its mining operation due to the strong opposition and vigilance of the people.

Except for two (2) Sangguniang Bayan Members from Mogpog, Marinduque, all other officials of the town were opposed to the proposed mining operation. There were rumors that huge amount of moneys in millions were already released by the mining company to get the mining permit. They already deployed heavy equipment in the vicinity of the proposed mining area in preparation for their operation.

They even deceived and exploited the poverty of the people of Bocboc and Puting Buhangin by giveing them rations of rice and other commodities just to enlist the support of the local population. Several other local organizations were rumored to be on the payroll of the company and made them as their mouthpiece in disinformation campaigns.

The rally which was organized by MaCEC-Mogpog Chapter was mostly attended by MaCEC members from the 6 municipal chapters. They were joined by Most Rev. Reynaldo G. Evangelista who personally called on the government to make concrete actions, rather than lip service and promises of non-renewal of the permit by October 12, through an order of pulling out all heavy equipment in the vicinity of Marinduque.

WE ALSO CALL ON AUTHORITIES TO ENSURE THAT DURING THE PULL-OUT, IT SHOULD BE MADE SURE THAT THE HEAVY EQUIPMENT, SPECIALLY DUMP TRUCKS, ARE EMPTY.

Mabuhay ang pakikibaka ng mga Marinduqueno para sa katarungang pangkalikasan.