By Amianan Salakniban
Oceana Gold Philippines Inc. pulls out their drilling operations in Sitio Camgat, Brgy. Didipio, Kasibu Nueva Vizcaya last Saturday, June 18, three days after anti-mining residents barricaded the entrance to the site.
The Barangay Council and anti-mining residents under DESAMA and SAPPAKMI decided to stop the barricade after OGPI pulled-out their equipment in the area stating that the victory of the people is only temporary.
“We will maintain to be vigilant towards the company’s dirty tactics of sneaking in drilling equipment in the area. Last time, they sneaked in their equipment when the community was busy attending a wedding and a funeral,” said Erenio Bobola, chairperson of SAPPAKMI.
According to reports from the residents, immediately after the barricade, OGPI called for a meeting with the Barangay to discuss the new amendments of their Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) which is the basis of their entry.
“We already signed a resolution in 2012 that the community will not allow any mining activity in the area. The company did not respect that by asking the approval only from the landowners where the drilling machines were situated,” said Myrna Duyan, a board director of DESAMA.
“We still need to consolidate the landowners and the Barangay Council to steady their anti-mining stand and not be co-opted by the company’s offers because even though it is their land, the effects of the operation will affect all of us in the Barangay,” Erenio Bobola, chairperson of SAPPAKMI updated through a phone interview
Last week, the barricade was visited by incoming Governor Carlos Padilla who vowed to help the residents stop the drilling and exploration of OGPI.
This coming presidential inauguration in Metro Manila on June 30, SAPPAKKMI will voice out their calls to President elect Duterte to stop the Australian mining giant from destroying their community.
“President Duterte, ipasardeng yo koma ti Oceana Gold. Naramanan mi ti impact na nga madi iti aglawlaw, pangkabiagan ken salun-at mi. Ipatungpal yo koma ti ibagbaga yo nga nu dakayoti mangabak, mapasardeng dagiti makadadael nga kumpanya. (President Duterte, please stop Oceana Gold. We experienced its negative impacts to our environment, livelihood and health. Please realize your promise that you will stop the operations of destructive mining companies once you are in power),”Bobola pleads to the president.###
For Querries please contact:
Fernando Mangili – Amianan Salakniban Spokesperson – 09174676337
Erenio Bobola – SAPPAKKMI Chairperson – 09178197064