Atro Mining says it has all legal papers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:38

“We believe we have all the legal papers.”

Thus said Atro Mining-Vitali, Inc. Resident Manager Engr. Leo Sosa in reaction to Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar’s firm decision not to grant a permit for the operation of mining exploration in Vitali.

De Sosa said the Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) central office had already approved their application for the Declaration of Mining Project Feasibility for the construction and preparation of Atro’s operation.

De Sosa said there is already a signed contract between the Republic of the Philippines through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Atro Mining-Vitali, Inc with regard to the company’s mining project in Vitali.

“It‘s just a matter of courtesy to Mayor’s office that’s why we wanted to seek a (business) permit,” Sosa added.

He said their company is very active in community development for the past two years and it includes a reforestation program in the watershed area, cleaning of esteros and most importantly providing employment opportunities in the city’s east coast barangays.

Meanwhile, District 1 Councilor Charlie Mariano has appealed for the utilization of the city’s resources to achieve sustainable development for the greatest good of the Zamboangueño community.

“The people in Vitali must be given the chance in a conference like this,” Mariano said during the Information and Advocacy conference on the protection of watershed conducted by Friends of the Zamboanga Watershed Movement (FZWM) in coordination with the Social Action Center organized by Silsilah Movement, the other day.

Mariano said there is a need to tap the huge mineral resources in Vitali which could, “contribute to the development of the city if we allow it to be tapped and developed responsibly,” Mariano stressed.

Vitali Barangay Chairman Joselito Alavar blamed the Dacon company for the destruction of mountains in the city’s east hintertand.

“Ara tiene ya ta dale kanaton ayuda y trabaho taman contra pa?” Alavar said in the vernacular. —

In a separate press statement Atro Mining clarified that applying for Mayor’s Permit is different from acquiring a permit to operate a large scale mining operations.

“Atro Mining-Vitali, Inc. (AMVI) would like to set the record straight on the issue of non-issuance of business permit” by the city government of Zamboanga after Rep. Lilia Nuno said that “whatever is the decision of the mayor with regards to giving the mining company a permit to operate or not, I will support.”

“There is a great danger that the honorable congresswoman had confused the mayor’s permit with that of the permit to operate a large scale mining operations,” AMVI said.

“We wish to set the record straight: the Mayor’s/Business Permit that will be issued by the City Mayor of Zamboanga is only for the establishment of our business office.  It should not be construed as tantamount to issuing AMVI its permit to operate a large scale mining operations in Vitali as there are different requirements for the approval of a mining operations as set forth in Sec. 30 Declaration of a Mining Project Feasibility (DMPF) of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Mining Act of 1995.” — MLF