ZamboNorte Governor: ‘No to mining in my province’ PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 September 2017 16:53

By  allen abastillas

The Zamboanga del Norte Provincial government has put a stop to all mining operation in the entire province citing environmental and health issues as the reasons for its drastic action against said business.

Gov. Roberto Uy has disclosed that he has no longer allowed any mining activities in the province because it is his belief that mining really destroy the environment particularly the coastal areas and rivers and also hurt the farming and fishing livelihood of the ordinary people.

Uy explained that mining surely brings hazards to people especially in Dipolog City, Dapitan City and other municipalities because of the presence of rivers practically in all of these areas.

“Mining activities will destroy and contaminate the sources of drinking water of our constituents in Dipolog City, Dapitan City and other municipalities where there are rivers.  Because of contamination of the source of our drinking water not only the health of the people are endangered but even that of our livestock  and fishing industry in the province” the provincial governor stressed to DZT in an interview.

According to Uy, mining has already caused lots of damage to farming and fishing livelihood in the different parts of the province.

“As long as I am the governor I will not allow mining business in the province. It is very critical because people in Dipolog City and Dapitan and the rest of the province are very much dependent on our rivers,” he stressed.

The province is rich in mineral deposits like gold, ore, iron and copper. For the past several decades several multinational companies operated mining, which earned them huge profits but left the ordinary people still poor and impoverished. –Allen Abastillas