FMC deplored for non-compliance with environmental safety standards
by EA Delgado
Masbate City (26 February) -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan here castigated the Filminera Mining Corporation, the biggest gold mining company in the province for operating in Aroroy without Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC), the most important government requirement for miners.
Board Member Julius M. Tuason deplored the foreign mining company for using the ECC of another company, the Base Metal Corporation which packed up in 1998 and whose ECC expired July 14.
Filminera's alleged compliance with environmental safety standards was dismissed by Vice Governor Vicente Homer B. Revil as disinformation.
Reacting to Board Member Hamilgar Arregadas who reported that officials of Filminera and DENR reassured him during a dialog that the company had already met the requirement imposed by DENR's Environmental Management Bureau, the board's presiding officer said: "I state for the record that no ECC was issued to Filminera Mining Corp.
Tuason also accused Filminera of defying a local ordinance which requires that 70 per cent of the workforce of mining companies should be natives of Aroroy.
Likewise, PD 1067 or the Water Code of the Philippines may have been violated when Filminera rerouted the Panique River, he said.
Board Member Jamon J. Espares proposed a joint public hearing with the local officials of Aroroy to tackle the issues involving the operation of Filminera.
Espares reiterated the board's vehement opposition to the operation of any mining company that employs the open pit method of mining, including Filminera. (PIA Masbate) [top]