Philex Mining issue being deliberated at the national level, Cordillera mining industry stable- MGB

By: 
Lito Dar / PIA
Posted: 01-Nov-2012 / 1 year 43 weeks ago

 

BAGUIO CITY,Nov. 1 (PIA) - - Cordillera’s mining industry remains stable, as the Philex Mining Corporation tailing pond leak is a solitary incident that is now  being deliberated at the national level.
 
 Thus reported   Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR-CAR) Mines and Geo-Science Bureau (MGB) OIC Fay Apil, in a press conference here Tuesday.
 
“The mining industry remains healthy despite the Philex issue.” Apil said  adding that  investors still express their willingness to come in the region, though with Executive Order 79, a moratorium for such investment is still in effect.
 
In the same forum, officials from Benguet Corporation, Cordillera Exploration Company, Inc. (CEXCI), Itogon-Suyoc Resources, Inc (ISRI) supported Apil’s statement of a sound mining industry in the region  as they also stressed that the Philex incident also strengthens their commitment for ensuring mine safety.
 
Meantime, MGB-CAR Mines Environment and Safety Division chief Engr. Zards Gacad disclosed  that the MGB suspension order  for Philex Mines operation  is still in effect  as the  case is  being deliberated by the Pollution Adjudication Board at the central office and will remain such until the case is decided upon and after a re-assessment of  the company's  capability to re-operate gets a positive nod.
 
As for the leak on Philex Tailing Pond (storage) facility number 3 which caused the suspension of the mine's operation since August,  Gacad reported that  as per their monitoring, the leak has been plugged since September 24 and that Philex is now on the clean-up and rehabilitation work.
 
Gacad also explained  that the Philex Tailing Pond leak incident, which involved 11 discharge incidents starting last August 1, resulted to around 13.5 Million cubic meters or roughly P20.7 metric tons of discharge sediments along the Balog Creek, which under existing law costs Philex to pay the government around P1.034 Billion in penalty/damages. The case is currently being deliberated by the PAB.
 
As for the effect of the discharge sediments along Balog River and the San Ran Roque river, Gacad also affirmed that based on the tests they have conducted  through a third party, the water in the area remains safe as the sediments are within the threshold or standard limit.
 
As for those other party claiming that water in the rivers are toxic, the MGB   called  on them to present the basis that will prove their claim. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR) 

OTHER TOP STORIES

              BAGUIO CITY – Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week issued the guidelines in the issuance of locational clearances and building permits over areas covered by Certificate of Ancestral Land Titles (CALTs) in the city....
Cordi solons to file new autonomy bill
Posted: 04-May-2014 / 17 weeks 1 day ago
  Responding to  the consensus  reached in local consultations and aired  in last Wednesday’s Cordillera  Summit here,  the region’s congressional representatives vowed to renew the constitutionally mandated push for self-rule by filing a new bill for...
City celebrates liberation of baguio
Posted: 01-May-2014 / 17 weeks 4 days ago
  BAGUIO CITY – The “unwavering courage, honorable service and unselfish lives” of our World War II veterans should serve as inspiration to the younger generation, thus exhorted Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Superintendent Major General Oscar Lopez as speaker for the...
City prepares for summer vacation
Posted: 31-Mar-2014 / 22 weeks 1 day ago
  BAGUIO CITY - Summer is just around the corner.  The city of pines, being the summer capital of the Philippines will be expecting influx of thousands of domestic as well as foreign tourist this summer vacation. To sustain peace and order in the city, the Baguio City...
300 SPES grantees for 2014
Posted: 31-Mar-2014 / 22 weeks 1 day ago
              BAGUIO CITY  -  The city government here pledged 300 slots for the Special Program for employment of Students (SPES) this year.           ...

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Ivadoy Day
By: REDJIE MELVIC CAWIS / PIA
Posted: 01-Mar-2014 / 26 weeks 2 days ago
Department of Tourism Regional Director Purificacion Molintas leads the Ibaloi traditional dances during the Onjon Ivadoy or the Ibaloi Day Festivities at the Children’s Park last week. 
Champion Float
By: REDJIE MELVIC CAWIS / PIA
Posted: 01-Mar-2014 / 26 weeks 2 days ago
The Casino Femme Float of the International Pharmaceutical Inc. (IPI)-Christianity featuring Cleopatra and her worshippers as signs of paganism in the ancient times and Señor Santo Niño the sign of Christianity and Catholics. The float covered with the bountiful flowers was the champion in the Grand Float Parade competition of the Baguio Flower Festival last weekend.
Grand Slam Winner
By: REDJIE MELVIC CAWIS / PIA
Posted: 01-Mar-2014 / 26 weeks 2 days ago
The Kamora National High School from Kabayan in Benguet won for the third time the championship crown of the street dancing competition of the 19th Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga 2014 in Baguio City during the weekend.
STATE OF THE ART PARKING COMPLEX
By: PAUL RILLORTA
Posted: 01-Mar-2014 / 26 weeks 2 days ago
 City  Mayor Mauricio Domogan explains to media the proposed  parking complex planned by an Australian Firm to rise at the  Melvin Jones Football grounds consisting of an underground  parking bay and two parking towers.
Sister City Renewal
By: Yooj Valbuena
Posted: 01-Mar-2014 / 26 weeks 2 days ago
Kyu-Sik Myung, (3rd from right) Vice Mayor of our sister city of Gongju, South Korea presented tokens to city officials headed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, during a welcome dinner and MOU signing for a renewal of sister city ties program last Feb. 22, 2014.