Davao Oriental gov’t vows to dam mining in wildlife sanctuary

Mt. Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental is a serious habitat for the Philippine Eagle. (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

DAVAO CITY — The provincial authorities of Davao Oriental will block any strikes by mining firms to encroach into the Mount Hamiguitan Wildlife Sanctuary, a identified dwelling of the Philippine eagle and centuries-old bonsai backyard.

Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon warned firms to cease their makes an attempt to incorporate the mountain vary, which the United Nations Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Group (Unesco) included as a World Heritage Website in 2014.

“This early, they [mining operators] ought to be warned that there ought to be no encroachment within the protected areas of Mount Hamiguitan,” Malanyaon declared.

In a latest assembly with officers of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Regional Director Jasper Lascano assured the governor that there had been no mining actions within the 26,652-hectare protected space.

Lascano assured Malanyaon that his workplace will help the governor in guaranteeing that no mining actions are undertaken within the space as the one mining space allowed is within the boundary of Banaybanay, Davao Oriental and Pantukan, Davao de Oro.

There have been earlier reviews that some firms have been attempting to incorporate the mountain vary of their mineral manufacturing sharing agreements, however the provincial authorities has blocked these makes an attempt.

Within the assembly, Malanyaon mentioned: “Davao Oriental has by no means made mining a precedence,” however that since sustainable mining is a nationwide coverage, her administration will assert its proper to gather taxes from mining firms as a few of them have didn’t pay their dues.

“If there aren’t any taxes and our province is being exploited, what are the advantages to our individuals? I’m simply right here to guard the curiosity of my individuals and my province,” mentioned Malanyaon.

To make sure that her coverage for environmental safety is strictly applied, Malanyaon appointed retired army normal Leopoldo Imbang Jr. to go an workplace mandated with environmental legislation enforcement. Imbang served as deputy commander of the Jap Mindanao Command.


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