Respect from our side to the Mayor of Dauin, Rodrigo Alanano, who denies mining activities in Dauin, 15 Kilometer south of Dumaguete. The following article was published on pna.gov.ph.
As we think this is a very positive signal into the right direction we want to publish it in our news section here:
Mayor of Dauin, Rodrigo Alanano has denied all applications for any type of mining activities in Dauin, Negros Oriental.
A Manila-based company identified as Daytona Mining and Development Corporation submitted its mining application to the office of the mayor Thursday.
According to the representative of the said company, they are applying for magnetite sand mining along the shorelines of the municipalities of Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita and Santa Catalina in southern Negros Oriental.
Mayor Alanano explained magnetite sand is a magnetic metal found in the shorelines but it is only present in some areas in the province.
Magnetite sand is used for steel manufacturing in other countries. He said it is expected that the market value of magnetite sand is very high especially with the present development of advanced technology.
Mayor Alanano, a licensed mining engineer by profession, clarified that there is no such thing as responsible mining because all kinds of mining will somehow destroy the environment.
Besides, allowing mining in his town will contradict with the local government’s environmental conservation campaign, he added.
The mayor said he will never be attracted to huge revenues from mining in exchange for the destruction of the environment.
Last year, the Provincial Mining and Regulatory Board (PMRB) of Negros Oriental denied all applications for magnetite mining along the shorelines of Vallehermoso to Basay, Negros Oriental.
PMRB chairman and provincial legal counsel Erwin Vergara consulted with environmental experts of the Silliman University Marine Laboratory for opinion on the effects of magnetite mining.
Dr. Janet Estacion explained the sand serves as buffer zone of the shoreline to break the current of strong waves.
Dr. Hiconida Calumpong, meanwhile, said the extraction of sand will result in erosion and endanger properties along the beach.
One concrete example is the port reclamation project of the Philippine Ports Authority which she said has resulted in the damage of the seawall along Piapi and the beach area of Silliman University Marine Laboratory.
Let’s hope this environmental thinking continues after the next election when another Mayor will be in that position.