Residents blame laterite mining for discolored Davao Oriental river as DENR probes incident - BusinessWorld Online

17/01/2022 12:30:00 AM

THE DAVAO regional office of the Environment department has started investigating a heavy siltation and discoloration incident of a river in Davao Oriental province.

THE DAVAO regional office of the Environment department has started investigating a heavy siltation and discoloration incident of a river in Davao Oriental province. READ:

THE DAVAO regional office of the Environment department has started investigating a heavy siltation and discoloration incident of a river in Davao Oriental province.

Photos posted by several residents online on Jan.Antonio Colina IV DAVAO CITY – The Bolton Bridge I and II has been closed to motorists after a fire broke out on Saturday morning that destroyed at least 20 houses, including the shanties constructed under the bridge.Linkedin Another resolution has been filed at the House of Representatives that seeks to investigate the alleged data breach at the Commission on Elections (Comelec)..

14 showed the Mapagba River in the town of Banaybanay turning red-orange in color following heavy rains.The discolored water flowed all the way out into coastal areas as the Mapagba River drains into the Davao Gulf.Rose Aguilar, spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said, in a report, that authorities immediately dispatched responders after being alerted of the incident at Almond Street in SIR Phase 1, New Matina.The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Davao (DENR-Davao), in a statement issued late Friday evening, said it “immediately created an investigating team that will be deployed in the area tomorrow (January 15)” to evaluate the cause of the incident.Barzaga, Jr.“The large volume of water allegedly may have resulted in such siltation that caused discoloration of the said river,” DENR-Davao said, noting 111 millimeters of rain was recorded within a 12-hour period from Jan.(Photo Courtesy of Davao City Central 911/Manila Bulletin) Initial investigation conducted by the personnel of the Sandawa Fire Station revealed that the fire caused by an “electrical ignition” started at the residence of a certain Grace Bantayan Macuto at 9:15 a.13 to 14.

Davao Oriental resident Rudolph Dela Cruz Espe, an advocate against mining activities in Banaybanay, said this is the first time they have seen a discoloration of the river.and was put out more than an hour later at 10:38 a.The congressman asked the Comelec to patch its network and systems, train its workers on cyber-security and adopt measures to address data breaches.“There is no other reason for this except the present laterite mining activity in Puntalinao/Pintatagan mountainous area.I lived here since birth and I can attest that we never experienced such discoloration of rivers before.The fire quickly spread to adjacent houses made of light materials, according to the report.Obviously because of the ongoing laterite extraction ongoing in the area,” he said in a text message.Other online reports indicate that river discoloration was also seen in Barangay Pintatagan.None was reported injured during the incident.

The provincial board passed a resolution in July 2021, numbered 16-754-01-2021, “interposing no objection” on a permit for mining operation covering the barangays of Puntalinao, Causwagan, Pintatagan, Maputi, Panikian and Mahayag in Banaybanay.In March 2019, the Davao Oriental local government expressed opposition to the declaration of another area in the province as a mineral reservation site.“Motorists are hereby advised to take alternate routes.Gov.Nelson L..Dayanghirang said then that the proposed mining area is “in close proximity to Davao Oriental’s crown jewel, the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary,” which is Mindanao’s first and only declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The proposed mineral reservation area, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, covers around 8,497 hectares with rich deposits of chromite, nickel laterite, and copper.Mr.Dayanghirang said while mining would provide an economic boost to the province, the cost on the environment and communities in the surrounding areas is far greater.The mayor said the provincial government is working on bringing in more investments in other sectors such as agriculture and tourism, which would provide a more sustainable development.— Maya.

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