Casiño visits Lingayen to check on allegedly illegal magnetite mining, calls on DENR to junk mining applications in Lingayen Gulf

January 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm 1 comment


Journalists interview Bayan Muna party-list Congressman Teddy Casiño on the way to a mountain of magnetite (black sand) being extracted for export from at least four barangays in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

Bayan Muna party-list Congressman Teddy Casiño with local residents and officials in front of a mountain of magnetite (black sand) in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Having seen for himself the destructive foreshore and coastal mining operations in this town, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño is calling on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to junk close to 160 applications for magnetite (black sand) mining in the Lingayen Gulf.

The progressive solon was in Lingayen for an ocular inspection of allegedly illegal magnetite mining operations in the area, including a ship carrying black sand that was grounded along the shore last week. He met with local officials and residents who are seeking help in opposing the entry of magnetite mining operations in this coastal town.

“I support the call of the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), the local government officials and the people of Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte provinces who are opposed to magnetite mining. Onshore and offshore mining for magnetite under the current policy regime will not redound to the local people and even the national government in terms of revenue and long-term utilization of this natural resource,” Casiño said.

Magnetite is an iron oxide and is used in the production of steel, in high-density concrete, in photocopier toner, and as high-temperature coating in some steam boilers.

“At least 15 magnetite mining applications are pending before the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in La Union province, 57 in Ilocos Sur, and 86 in Ilocos Norte. While there are no pending applications in Pangasinan, residents are not in favor of any magnetite mining project since it would destroy coastlines, diminish fish catch and will bring untold disasters when natural calamities strike,” Casiño said.

“We shall see how Congress can help local governments in resisting the influx of projects that will extract our finite resources that will only benefit foreign firms instead of the Filipino people. There is a major disconnect between eco-tourism projects and extraction of black sand in Pangasinan and other parts of the country. We shall file the appropriate measure in the House soonest,” Casiño said.

Casiño is a leading advocate and main author of House Bill 4315 – the Peoples Mining Bill – that aims to re-orient the mining industry by repealing the Mining Act of 1995 (RA 7942), respecting local governments and local communities who shall refuse mining projects in their areas, and putting in more stringent environment and social acceptability standards and penalties for mining projects for areas that shall be opened to mining. #

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  • 1. Ronel Clemente  |  January 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Hindi ho barko yang sinasabing nasadsad, LCT ho yan flat bottom na parang barge pero may makina, hindi ho nagkarga ng black sand yan maski bahid ng isang grano ng black sand walang naikarga yan, galing sa Surigao ang LCT na yan at nag entry sa Sual para sa Luzon operation. Kung alam nyo lang sana kung gaano kalaki ang alon sa panahon ng nortadang hangin sa Lingayen Gulf cguro magkakonsensya at matigil na yang pangbibintang na yan. Lahat na lang ata ng nasadsad mapa barko man o barge puro pangsuspetsa ang isip ng iba. Hindi ba kayo naawa sa mga may-ari na namuhunan ng malaki makapagawa lang ng LCT, tapos nasadsad na nga pagbintangan pa. Ano na lang ho ang proteksyon ng lokal ship-owner sa mga ganong bagay. Lokal na rehistro ang LCT na yan at sa Marina-Cagayan de Oro naka rehistro at lalong hindi makarating sa ibang bansa o China yan. Sa liit nyan mag tumbling lang sa Batanes yan. Kaming nasa pandagat na negosyo alon, bagyo, pirata ang kalaban, buhay namin ang nakataya sana ho maintindihan naman etong patas naming hanapbuhay at bigyan pansin na lang ng gobyerno ang makabagong gamit ng Coast Guard para sa madaliang pagresponde sa sinumang humingi ng saklolo sa karagatan, kagaya sa nasadsad na LCT walang tumulong maski tubig mainom ng tripulanti, kundi ginawa pang profile photo sa facebook ng mga namantala.

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