MGB-9 junks RAMC mining application in La Paz, Baluno PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 July 2011 14:17

The application for mineral production sharing in Barangays La Paz and Baluno filed by  Rigid Aggregates and Mining Corporation (RAMC) was ordered cancelled by the Region 9 Office of Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resouces (DENR).

The cancellation order contained in a communication dated July 15, 2011 sent to the president of RAMC by Alfredo C. Camacho, officer-in-charge of MGB Region 9.
RAMC’s application covered some 1,336.5 hectares in the two barangays.

It will be recalled that sometime in 2009, the RAMC application was referred to the Sangguniang Panlunsod (City Council) which subsequently voted “no objection”. But a number of groups in the city, brought together by the Silsilah Dialogue Movement, expressed strong objection to the application, based mainly on the fact that the area applied for is part of the city’s watershed.

Approval of the application would have been an environmental threat to  the city’s supply of clean water, affecting  residents of the West Coast and the agricultural and manufacturing activities in Ayala and environs, according to Silsilah Dialogue Movement.

The advocacy for the preservation of the watershed was joined by many concerned citizens, and expressed in various ways like the distribution of leaflets to individual households, talks given to PTA groups, a protest march joined by several thousands and lobbying the mayor, the City Council and the Representative ofg the 1st District.  

“The engagement of the public in the issue  was a good example of democracy in action.
The success of this advocacy  for the preservation of the Ayala watershed is happy news for many people,” said a statement from Silsilah.