In a letter addressed to Secretary Roy Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Cuaresma reiterated her no mining stand as OGPI’s FTAA had expired last month.
She also requested a copy of Cimatu’s bases of his recommendation in endorsing OGPI’s application for a new FTAA.
“Being the host province, I deem it very necessary that we should be properly informed of all issues relative to OGPI. There should be full transparency on this matter,” Cuaresma said.
She said OGPI’s operations are causing too much divisiveness and environmental destruction in the province.
“Rallies and other means of mass actions against mining operation had been staged by our people, called by several people’s organizations and even the church leaders,” Cuaresma said.
The solon also stressed that during the DENR budget deliberation last year, she made it clear that mining operations in the province must come to a stop, its FTAA must not be renewed and that no more mining companies should be allowed to step in the grounds of Nueva Vizcaya. (ALM/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)