RLA-ARMM wants DENR to stop all mining ops in ARMM PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 August 2016 12:11

By MONCH FOLLOSCO

In response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call and the growing complaints from residents, landowners including indigenous people (IP) and different NGOs against the destruction of forest lands in the area, the Regional Legislative Assembly of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RLA-ARMM), during its regular session the other day, has asked Regional Secretary Kahal Q. Kedtag of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-ARMM) to issue ‘cease and desist’ order to all mining firms and operators within the territorial jurisdiction of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

RLA-ARMM chairman of the Committee on Environment and Ecology, Sulu District 1 Assemblyman Hanibal Tulawie, as the proponent of the resolution, said he has received numerous complaints filed against  mining firms which are operating within the territorial jurisdiction of ARMM.

“These operators (mining firms) are not environment-friendly and do not practice their corporate social responsibility to the affected areas but they are contributing destruction and degradation of our forest lands within the areas of ARMM and in gross violations of R. A. 7942 and Republic Act 9054, as these complainants which include residents, landowners including IPs in the affected areas are not properly compensated,” Tulawie said.

The Tulawie committee is expected to conduct public hearings including ocular inspections of the affected areas in the territorial jurisdiction of ARMM and present the recommendations in the RLA-ARMM plenary.

As earlier reported, the Tumbagahan island in the province of Tawi-Tawi has been totally devastated due to  mining explorations and the on-going nickel mining activities in Languyan municipality and the Panglima Sugala and other areas under ARMM.

“It is my primordial duty to protect and defend the interest of the majority and welfare of the people, especially, the next generations to come,” Tulawie declared.