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Cong. Sarmiento Files Bill Declaring Catanduanes a “Mining-Free” Zone

Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento has filed House Bill No. 4915 that seeks to declare the province of Catanduanes as a mining-free zone and prohibiting all mining operations therein.

Google Earth tour of Taganito mine in Claver, Surigao del Norte. For educational and visualization purpose only.

The solon clarified that under the proposed Act, mining shall refer to the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth and shall include such mining activities as exploration, feasibility,development, utilization and processing and large-scale quarry operations involving cement, raw materials, marble, granite, sand and gravel construction aggregates.

However,the proposed law exempts from coverage the quarrying of gravel and sand for projects directly undertaken by national agencies or by the provincial government for basic services, subject to the requirements of existing mining and environmental laws. Under the proposed measure, vi…