No To Mining In Capiz - Roxas
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, (March 16) -- Transportation and Communication Secretary Mar Roxas vowed to oppose any mining operation in Capiz, citing its ill effects on livelihood of people here.
“For as long as the people here will continue to oppose any mining operation in Capiz, I will likewise support them by also being against said activity,” he said.
Roxas stressed that his continuous anti-mining stand is based on the fact that the livelihood of Capiceños are dependent on activities dependent on water such as farming and fishing. He said mining operations could destroy the environment.
Roxas’ anti-mining stand, he said, started when he was elected Congressman of the 1st district of Capiz until he became a senator and will continue as long as Capiceños will be anti-mining, too.
Last March 4, the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Capiz headed by its president and Ex-Officio Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Maria Felipe Zoe Herrera has approved a resolution strongly opposing any mining activity in the province here.
Herrera cited the many effects of mining activity in the province, including its negative impact on environment, health and livelihood of the Capiceños who are mostly dependent on farming and fishing.
He also stressed that mining will certainly have a domino effect to the future of the present and next generation.
Capiz Governor Victor Tanco also stood by his anti-mining position. In 2008, Tanco issued Executive Order No. 22 which suspended all application, processing and issuance of all small scale mining permits in the entire province of Capiz.
The said order was in support to the Capiz Sangguniang Panlalawigan which approved a resolution declaring a 50 years moratorium on mining operations in the province. (JCM/JBG/PIA6-Capiz)