Mining continues to destroy CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Church workers in two hinterland parishes of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro (ACDO) have confirmed that mining operations in at least two barangays have continued their environmentally destructive activities unabated, despite a mining ban all over the city.

A woman church worker in the Dansolihon parish told a recent workshop called by Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, S.J., D.D., to strategize on how to protect the city’s watershed that a big mining firm she refused to identify continues its “illegal” operations in the barangay.

Another church worker, from Taglimao parish, said that blasting operations by another mining company go on every night.

This mining company is using dynamite to break down big chunks of boulders to get the minerals.

Both these mining companies, which are operating in Barangays Dansolihon and Taglimao are mining copper and gold.

Both church workers, who requested not to be identified, claimed that these mining activities, as well as those of other mining companies in the hinterland barangays of Dansolihon, Mambuaya, Taglimao, Tagpangi, Tuburan and Tumpagon are all “illegal.”

These church workers said these mining activities are illegal because of the ongoing mining ban in the city, declared by former Mayor Constantino Jaraula in January 2009.

Mayor Vicente Emano has yet to lift the mining ban.

The Dansolihon parish church worker also alleged that the mining firm in Dansolihon has “bought” the permission of the Higaonon people in the barangay to allow them to mine.

She alleged that the mining firm is paying P1,700 a week to each of the Higaonon folks residing in the area.

However, the Higaonon residents are receiving only P700 of the money, she added.

Hearing the revelation of these church workers, Archbishop Ledesma said the city government should immediately investigate these mining companies.

All mining activities should be stopped immediately to spare the city from catastrophe brought by these destructive activities, he added. Albus D. Estabas

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