MGB says no mining operation in Manicani Island

Posted at 04/29/2008 10:56 PM


ABS-CBN Tacloban

Tacloban City – An official of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) on Tuesday denied that there is a mining operation in Manicani Island in Eastern Samar after a senator earlier pointed out a report on the existence of one.

Armando Dupio Jr., chief of Mining Environment And Safety Division of MGB, said that there is no mining operation in Manicani Island.

Dupio added that after a moratorium on mining operations was issued in 2002, mining in Region VIII has been stopped.

Sen. Loren Legarda on Monday had pointed out the report of a mining operation in Manicani Island and the quarrying of sand and gravel around Region VIII, saying that these should be addressed early to avoid disastrous consequences.

Dupio also said that his office is always monitoring the region with any report of quarrying.

"It is our job to protect our Mother Earth," Dupio stressed.

Legarda: Tourism and preserve environment

Legarda had also earlier urged Eastern Visayas officials to promote and preserve tourists spots in the region at the same time.

Legarda, who attended a forum on the Tourism Policy Act, urged local government units of Region VIII to focus on the promotion of tourism at the same time preserving the environment.

"Eastern Visayas can offer more than just the historical sites. Ang inyong dagat, ang inyong yamang lupa, we need to preserve the jewel that we have," she added.

Legarda also said she has allocated P3 million for the construction of the Eastern Visayas Tourism Promotion Center.

She said developing tourism will create more job opportunities for the people in the region.