Oro mayor to stop issuance of mining permits
Cagayan de Oro City (2 October) -- CITY Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula is set to order a stop to the issuance of mining permits for all firms and individuals involved in small-scale metallic mining in Cagayan de Oro starting this month.
Mayor Jaraula made this pronouncement after a meeting on Friday, September 28, with the different concerned agencies in preparation for the creation of a multi-sectoral task force against illegal mining activities.
The city mayor decided to put on hold all the applications for mining permit renewals effective this month to give time for the concerned local and national government agencies to streamline and rationalize the existing mining laws, rules and regulations in the city and the country.
To date, there are 13 small-scale mining firms which applied for permits to operate in the city after their permits have already expired, while another firm has a mining permit that is valid until November, 2007.
In ordering a stop to the issuance of mining permits, Mayor Jaraula explained that he wants to avoid the total exploitation of the remaining resources of the city and to monitor the mining activities within the city.
With the said order, the city mayor hoped that the city government can reconsider and reassess the social and environmental impact of the local mining operations.
Mayor Jaraula said that he will only allow the resumption of mining operations and the issuances of permits to small-scale mining companies after seeing to it that they shall have complied with the requirements especially the social and environmental aspects which were accordingly neglected by most of the small-scale miners.
"I don't want to happen in Cagayan de Oro what happened in Agusan del Norte. We have to do this, to protect our community and our resources," stressed Mayor Jaraula.
The mayor is set to issue an executive order anytime this week in relation to the said move while at the same time, urging the cooperation of the police, the barangay police, and the DENR-10 to confiscate any materials, products and equipment related to mining. (Cagayan de Oro City IO/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net) [top]