SANGGUNIANG BAYAN of Brooke’s Point, Palawan passed a resolution, August 3, Monday requesting the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) to conduct an investigation on the appropriateness of the mining areas claimed by Ipilan Nickel Corporation, Macro Asia and Lebach in the municipality of Brooke’s Point, Palawan.
Resolution #2015-119 authored by Councilor Vic Colili also aims to recall any permits issued to the three mining companies by DENR and the previous administrations of the Sangunniang Panlalawigan of Palawan and the Sangunniang Bayan of Brookes Point while the issues have not been settled.
“Ipilan Nickel Corporation, Macro Asia and Lebach are on a roll to mine our mountains, our lands and our watershed systems. This will affect thousands of livelihood and will have grave impacts should disaster strike Brooke’s Point, especially now with the worsening climate crisis,” said Councilor Vic Colili of Brooke’s Point.
“Also, according to the Geo-hazard map of DENR, the areas covered by the claims are susceptible for landslide. For years now we in Brookes Point have been trying to stop this monstrosity and we will not stop until these mining companies leave Brookes point alone,” added Colili.
According to the resolution passed by the Municipality of Brooke’s Point, the area covered by the Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSA) will overlap with the areas covered by Mount Matalingahan Protected Landscape (MMPL) as well as the ancestral domain being claimed by the Indigenous People.
It will also contravene the Municipality’s aspiration to push Brooke’s Point as an “Ecological Capital” of the Province of Palawan.
Furthermore, Colili also said that during Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC) meeting held last June 22, 2015, Ipilan Nickel Corporation just presented their plan of operation, Social Development Management Plan (SDMP), IP royalty and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (EPEP) but failed to present the real situation of the areas to be mined.
Currently, Macro Asia and Lebach Mining are securing necessary permits and clearances for their operation.
The mining operations will also be in conflict with government projects such as 2 main dam worth P110 million and one of the main source of the LGU’s water system worth P119 million and irrigation of more or less 5,000 hectares of rice fields.
National anti-mining coalition Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) supported the resolution passed by the Municipality of Brooke’s Point and urged DENR and MGB Region 4 to recognize and respect the powers and functions of the LGU.
Jaybee Garganera, National Coordiantor of ATM said in a statement, “Clearly, Brooke’s Point does not want the operations of Ipilan Nickel Corporation, Macro Asia and Lebach to commence in their municipality. DENR and MGB should have the decency to respect this and immediately respond to Brooke’s Point’s request for an investigation.”