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Groups call for cancellation of mining contracts in Lobo, Batangas.

Environmentalist groups have urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to cancel the mining contracts in Lobo, Batangas, citing a resolution of the Department of Tourism (DOT) declaring the area as a tourism hotspot.

In a position paper submitted to the DENR on Friday, the Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) said the municipality of Lobo is part of the Batangas coastline and Verde Island Passage, a Tourism Zone and Marine Reserve declared in 1978 through Presidential Proclamation No. 1801.

"We are holding DENR and MGB (Mines and Geosciences) accountable for the destructions mining have brought our country," Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of ATM said.

"Because of these offices' inefficient mining regulation, mining companies have freely plundered our resources without any repercussions," he added.

ATM also submitted a separate position paper to DENR, opposing offshore mining and calling for cancellation of mining contracts in foreshore areas in Cagayan.

Rosbin Martin, leader of Alliance for Buguey Committed for Development Association (ALBUCODA) in Cagayan, expressed the peoples organization's full support in the ATM position paper submitted to DENR.

"The destructions brought by offshore mining here in our area are yet to be rehabilitated by the mining companies which caused them. Despite that, they are pushing new offshore mining operations to start dredging our sands. This is a direct mockery to Cagayan, to the people and the environment. We will not let them destroy us," said Martin.

"We are calling for the cancellation of mining contracts of all offshore mining operations in Buguey and all other parts of Cagayan," Martin added.

Another position paper was submitted stating the group's opposition to the possible issuance of environmental compliance certificate (ECC) and calling for the cancellation of MPSAs 176-2002-iv and 177-2002-iv in Lobo, Batangas.

"The hearts and spirits of BatangueAaAaAeA~os in Lobo are in solidarity wi the submission of ATM's position paper against mining in our area," Fr. Dakila Ramos of the Archdiocesan Ministry on Environment (AMEn) of Lobo, Batangas said.


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Date:Sep 19, 2015
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