We flaunt icons like jewels on a crown, celebrate life’s blessings and miracles with pomp. Do we truly care about our splendid coastal sands in Ilocos Norte?
I was furnished a copy of the letter of Laoag Bishop Renato Mayugba to the Governor of Ilocos Norte Imee Marcos, dated May 21, 2014, asking her assurance that black sand mining be not allowed in the province. The Catholic bishop stresses that long term effects of black sand mining on our land and the community outweigh whatever financial gains we may benefit from.
Prior to the provincial government’s position on black sand mining. PENRO Juan de los Reyes, insisted “there has not been any black sand mining in Ilocos Norte for the past ten years, especially in our coastal areas.” (Read here.)
In October last year, the Ilocos Norte Provincial Board passed a resolution banning black sand mining, enjoining the issuance of permits, urging the recall of permits already been issued and voiding all favorable endorsements by LGUs to mining applicants.
In a sudden turn of events, the same official, Board Member Joel Garcia, sponsors a new resolution “rationalizing the position of the Ilocos Norte government on black sand mining.” (Read full story here). He said “They don’t want to injure the rights of persons or entities engaged in legitimate black sand mining operations in the province.”
I thought there has been no black sand mining in the province of Ilocos Norte, like PENRO de los Reyes wrote.
It’s been told to us in a WWF study that the broad expanse of sand dunes stretching from Currimao to the north serves as a natural barrier from sea level rise and storm surge effects. We’ve been blessed in the north. The Ilocos sands are also rich in magnetite and other minerals, both onshore and offshore.
We have less forests to talk about, we’ve polluted our rivers in the north, we’ve traded our natural resources to ravenous souls
How do we really want to define our province?
Truth or folklore, the story of the inundated avaricious village, known today as Paoay Lake, should frighten man.
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