Stop operations of 4 mining companies, Zambales residents urge
Residents of Zambales urged the provincial government to cancel the permits of four mining companies that are destroying their communities.
During the recent Ulat sa Bayan of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the Concerned Citizens of Santa Cruz, Zambales (CCOS), Defend Zambales and other peoples’ groups showed how Benguet Nickel Mines Inc. (BNMI); Zambales Diversified Metals Corp. (ZDMC); LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc. (LAMI) and Eramen Minerals Inc. (EMI) have destroyed the environment and their livelihood.
The operations of these companies in Santa Cruz and Candelaria have destroyed roads and contaminated the rivers, farmlands, fishponds, creeks and part of the shoreline. The groups also accused the companies of irregularities in their permits.
While representatives of the mining companies denied the allegations, Zambales Vice Gov. Angel Magsaysay warned them that the provincial government has the primordial obligation to protect its citizens and its environment.
“Mining should not render destruction to the livelihood of the residents. They should be responsible for the environment and bring economic development, instead,” she said.
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