MGB favor mining exploration, farmers worry
August 9, 2004
National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and
Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) brashly ignore the opposition
posed by the peasant organization Timpuyog ti Mannalon iti Kalinga
Cordillera Peoples Alliance questions the approval
of the NCIP on Certificate Precondition Consent applied by Wolfland
Resources, Inc. and condemns the MGB for signing the exploration
permit following the said approval.
As a matter of right and process, NCIP should consider
to tackle the said opposition because the exploration project will
not only concern barangays Magnao, Guilayon and Nambucayan but it
will also affect nearby communities such as barangays Dugpa and
Baay in the municipality in Pinukpuk, Kalinga. Farmlands of these
two barangays are irrigated by the Mananig waterway which will be
tapped during Wolfland’s mining exploration activities.
In the future, other lowland communities along the
Chico River in Kalinga and barangay Tuao in Cagayan are seen to
also experience adverse impacts as the exploration widens because
of the expected tailings of Wolflands’s mining activities
that will route along the Chico River.
Given these extensive impacts in barangays Dugpa,
Baay and other lowland barangays in Kalinga and barangay Tuao in
Cagayan, NCIP should have also asked approval for the mining exploration
from the said barangays.
Finally, CPA expresses its reservation on the process
that took place in coming up with an FPIC for the mining exploration
project and doubts whether the given FPIC was free from deceptions
and manipulations and was really a whole communities’ position
and not only by some individuals.
Further CPA challenges MGB to hold the exploration permit and further
discuss the issue among all barangays that will be affected by the
said mining exploration. # Public Information Commission –
Cordillera Peoples Alliance