Progressive organizations expressed their support to Environment Secretary Gina Lopez as the 75 mining deals posed a threat to the watersheds across the country.
Independent think tank and research group IBON said that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should stand firm with the decision of Department of Environment and Natural Resources to close several mining companies after it failed to pass the agency’s mining audit.
An official of the MGB Region 11 said Davao City only supplies materials for the mining industry and is not dependent on it.
The City Engineer’s Office here said that high-rise buildings in the city are earthquake-ready, pointing out that these buildings could withstand a 7.0 magnitude quake.
“Due to persistent rains prevailing in the City of Davao, the Office of the President ordered the cancellation of classes on all public and private primary and secondary levels today,” the message reads.
AdDU University President Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, said the campus “will be completely green so that we can teach our students how to be environmentally responsible.”
Mindanao watersheds have 37 mineral production sharing agreements, a number which Environmental Secretary Gina Lopez described as “horrifying.”
There are now eight fatalities in Surigao City after the 6.7 magnitude earthquake rocked the province of Surigao del Norte.
Militant solons coming from the Makabayan bloc hit out on Saturday the reversal of the closure and suspension orders issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment statement came as the Duterte administration reportedly stopped the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ closure and suspension orders to some 28 large-scale mining operations to “observe due process.”