Bukidnon nixes Indophil, et al mining exploration applications

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Bukidnon Sangguniang Panlalawigan disapproved the request of Indophil Services International Pty. Ltd and two other applicants for an endorsement of its application for a mining exploration permit in the province citing the province’s stand against mining.

The provincial board decided Wednesday to inform the applicants through letters of the disapproval reiterating that for now, Bukidnon will not budge on its position not to allow large scale mining.

Indophil wrote to the provincial board for “appropriate action,” for its exploration permit filed at the Mines and Geosciences Bureau at DENR Region 10 for not quantified areas in Kitaotao and Quezon towns. The firm informed the board that the two-year exploration will be limited to the search for mineral deposits, which included geological survey, geographical survey, geochemical survey, and exploratory drilling.

The firm stressed that exploration does not include mineral extraction and mining development.

But the provincial board did not buy the firm’s claim.

Board members argued about their position but eventually decided not to grant their request.

On motion of board member Jay Albarece, the board decided to express their opposition even if board members Ranulfo Pepito and Manuel Dinlayan said it might be worth calling the applicants to the session to explain about their plans.

But majority floor leader Nemesio Beltran, Jr. and board member Alfeo Baguio, who chairs the board’s committee on environment invoked the province’s anti-large scale mining stance.

The position applies to the other applicants, Makati-based San Christo Mineral Exploration Corporation, which intends to explore 13, 756.68 hectares in Iglugsad, San Fernando, Bukidnon. The applicant has been previously denied an endorsement by the board. The other applicant, Vicentico Buta, has expressed intention to conduct mining exploration in Gango, Libona, Bukidnon.  (Walter I. Balane)


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