Lopez cancels ECCs of 4 mining projects

 

ADOPTING social justice as its heart and soul, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has canceled the expired environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) issued for six development projects, including four for mining, as part of the agency’s continuing industry-wide ECC audit.

According to Environment Regina Paz L. Lopez, the cancellation of the ECCs was meant to prevent environmental degradation and suffering of people in would-be affected communities.

The canceled ECCs for mining are:

• Mindoro nickel project of Intex Resources Philippines Inc. for the extraction of nickel laterite ore covering 11,216 hectares in the municipality of Victoria, Pola…

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A restive river roars in Cavite

TRUE to its definition, the river in Maragondon, an idyllic town of over 18,000 residents, is roaring mad like its people over a water project of taipan Lucio Tan to provide water for over 3 million provincial residents.

The residents are opposing the P2.5- billion Maragondon Bulk Water Project of the Maragondon Water District, Watergy Business Solutions and MacroAsia Corp., a firm set up in 1995 and is now publicly- listed under the Lucio Tan Group. 

It is engaged in catering, ground handling and engineering and maintenance services for international airlines. It now has two subsidiaries: MacroAsia…

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Displaced mine workers eyed in bamboo, mangrove program

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) could tap workers of suspended mining firms for the government's planned expansion of bamboo and mangrove plantations to fight climate change and poverty.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez made the statement during a recent dialogue with small-scale miners from Paracale town in Camarines Norte held at the DENR central office in Quezon City. 

The miners were accompanied by acting Camarines Norte Gov. Jonah Pimentel and some members of the provincial board.

The miners had sought an audience with the DENR chief to ask assistance for mine workers who lost…

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Fisher folks say no to Laguna de Bay fish cages

FISHERMEN in Laguna Lake have long been deprived of access to this once- rich fishing body of water.

This after huge areas of the lake had been covered with bamboo and bakawan (mangrove) poles and cemented wall parts and nets owned by few rich and influential people, including local politicians and policemen, whose operations of fishponds have all but led to the death of the lake.

From the air, one can see that the body of water is practically occupied by these man-made structures, which have been erected for the benefit of just a few people.

This is why in…

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Tañon Strait’s protection from destructive fishing enhanced

CONCERNED government agencies, local government units (LGUs), and fishing industry stakeholders, including civil society organizations (CSOs), recently gathered in Cebu to review and strengthen an enforcement plan to protect Tañon Strait from commercial, illegal and destructive fishing operations.

The “Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS) Enforcement summit” was attended by more than 120 participants who reviewed and identified gaps to strengthen the Tañon Strait enforcement plan, and forge their respective commitments to strongly implement the plan in the next several years.

One of the country’s major fishing grounds, Tañon Strait lies between Cebu and Negros. It was declared as a protected…

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