As of late, anti-mining protesters in Ilocos Norte can heave a sigh of relief with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s junking of a resolution that will favor black sand mining in Ilocos Norte. Citing environmental implications at a joint committee hearing in June, eco-warriors hailing from the different sectors in the province protested against the said resolution, rationalizing the position of the government of Ilocos Norte on black sand mining, passed by Board Member Joel Garcia.
The total ban on black sand mining stays.
I have to agree with Defend Ilocos that the collective courage displayed by the people of Ilocos Norte is very commendable and a model for mining-affected communities to follow.
Environment watchdogs in Ilocos Norte vow to fight all forms of mining and environment degradation.
Update: From Board Member Joel Garcia — the resolution rationalizing the position of the government of Ilocos Norte on black sand mining has been withdrawn.
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