Mariano sees Atro’s operation not within ZC watershed area PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:28

District 1 Councilor Charlie Mariano, chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, expressed  optimism that Atro Mining, Inc. is not operating within the proposed water shed area.

Councilor Mariano made the assessment during the Committee’s ocular inspection in Vitali last Saturday.

“I think the information gathered is simply tremendous enough already to assist the Committee in the formulation of a definitive decision and a subsequent recommendation on the matter,” Mariano said.

said much of the area of more than 2,000 hectares is supposed to be outside the proposed watershed area and parts of the area is within the boundary with Zamboanga Del Norte.

“It has to be clarified on the delineation (mark) between the boundary of Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Del Norte. This is to assist the committee in making a very comprehensive report because we have to report everything from existing task on political boundaries between the watershed area in relation to the national law on Philippine Mining Act,” Mariano said.

He said that Republic Act (R.A.) 7942 otherwise known as the Philippine Mining Act is supreme even against the provisions of the Local Government Code as a general law while R. A. 7942 is a special law treating specifically on mining issue.

“We can not promote a local legislation contrary to the provisions of national law to include R. A. 7942,” Mariano stressed.

“But everything will be collated by the Committee to arrive at a definite conclusion on whether to recommend or not the proper operation of Atro on mining issue,” Mariano emphasized.

Atro Mining-Vitali, Inc. is applying for a business permit but the City Government stands firm on its decision not to allow any exploration in the city’s rich natural resources.

“With this ocular inspection, we hope that we have satisfied the query of the Committee and other agencies involving the City Planning Office and the City Mayor’s Office (CMO) with regard to watershed issue. We hope they’ll give us a positive response on the application that we would want to get,” Atro Mining-Vitali, Inc. Government Relation Officer Godofredo Dinapo said.

Mariano immediately requested the CENRO, MGB and the City Planning Office within two weeks time after the Holy Week to study and identification of the demarcation line or bounderies between Zamboanga City and Zamboanga Del Norte.

“There must be a definitive and comprehensive report to guide future effort in the City Council for guidance purposes,” Mariano said.

A total of nine councilors including Jerry Perez, Elong Natividad, Rodolfo Bayot, Eddie Saavedra, Myra Abubakar, Mike Alavar, Gerky Valesco, Kim Elago and City Licensing Officer Benjie Barredo, Assistant City Planning Officer Ofelia Despalo, Engr. Rey Gonzalez of OCENR and Mario Roca of the City Mayor’s Office. —  MLF