Idiocy.Gambling has always been an indecent human diversion.Though punishable by law, still, many are enticed to cross the
threshold of this perdious fad. Gamblers lay wagers to win, seldom
to lose. Hefty riches are at stake to the conqueror. While the darkhorse, after a painful defeat, absconds packed with laments.Monte Oro Company’s foray to conduct mining in theprovince exhibits a perilous gamble. But this time, it’s the people’slives and livelihood that are being pot. Apart from the habitualapproach, where a gambler looks forward to triumph, because beforethis spar was instituted, the chance to thrive was already made futile.The said company was awarded a total of 15,000 hectaresof land areas to mine in the towns of San Andres, Caramoran,Panganiban and Viga and the venture was estimated to yield P 6.2 B.The government would also earn P186 M from the 3% royalty, P9 Mfrom taxes and P10 M from workers.
These bulk of benets for the greedy and selsh are mere
pittance compared to the massive environmental tragedy it will causeto Catandunganons.
A Certicate of Non-Coverage issued by the government,instead of an Environmental Compliance Certicate that is awarded
after an Environmental Impact Assessment, ignited the wrath of thechurch and the people. This only shows a vivid picture of arrogance,crony capitalism and abuse of power.Consequently, Bishop Manolo delos Santos andKatandungan Kontra Mina, a civic organization campaigning againstmining, together with the concerned and affected sectors, appealedto the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Environment
and Natural Resources (DENR) due to absence of public consultations
and orientations.Then came the President of this company declaring thatthey have abandoned the project due to lack of potentials, which in
turn will be unprotable and uneconomical.
But until now, we are laid on the verge of enigma. Thepeople are left lynching as the riddle continues to tread its craft.
Nevertheless, environmental disaster is not far-fetched
once this mining is pushed through. There would be devastation
of agricultural lands, mountains, elds and pollution of watersheds.
Then, as the natural resources are recklessly consumed, this will
lead to landslides, mudslides, rampaging oods and even add woes to
global warming that would result to ecological imbalance.As quoted by a politician, “Mining is governed by law. If you comply with the law, there’s nothing wrong about it as long asyou do not degrade the environment.” Therefore we say, indeed,no mining operation ended without its enormous environmentaldestruction and degradation.We, ourselves, witnessed nature’s agonizing revenge. MonteOro’s plan to onslaught might have been aborted but threats to our ecology looms everyday. Must we wait until we could endure her verdict no more?We are stewards of the environment. Thus, it is our primeduty to protect and conserve its languid beauty. This is where wedwell and build ourselves. The food we eat, the water we imbibe andthe air we breathe emanate from nature. It is but just right to addressthe distressing state of our haven, brought by drastic changes to our ecology.Another battle fought against threats of mining andincessantly blatant environmental exploitation once again proved our resiliency to protect the pristine beauty of this island province. Theprize sought could have been won had the publicized abortion of theMonte Oro’s contract to explore for potential coals (then eventually
extract reserves) was genuine and not a mere display of lthy political
ploy.Together, we can lend a hand to save our habitat from itstotal annihilation to regain its lost glory. Let’s wait no more to turndeaf ears and be blindfolded on the real scenario at the moment.
Risk is an essential factor in every scheme. But to chase theoption when risk prevails over benet is absurd. We should never let
ourselves and our troubled island home be pledged once more.Done with the irresponsibility. Done with theegocentricity. Done with the vanity.What we have today may all be gone tomorrow.The day of salvation is now.Above and beyond, we never inherited nature from the past.We borrowed it from the future.
Elvin Randolph Jubay
Ferdinand Camilo Kimura
John Elmar Templonuevo
Jann Marvin Posada
John Michael Veruen
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