CATHOLIC CHURCH seeks veto on lifting of South Cotabato open-pit mining ban

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Twelve years after successfuly spearheading massive opposition to open-pit mining, the Catholic Church is back in action to denounce the lifting of a ban on open-mining by the South Cotabato Provincial Board.

Bishop Cerilo Casicas of the Catholic Diocese of Marbel called on South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo to veto an amendment to the 2010 South Cotabato Environment Code, that would now allow open-pit mining.

The South Cotabato Provincial Board on Monday, May 16, amended Section 22b of the Code which banned open-pit mining.

The approval of the South Cotabato Environment Code in 2010 led the multinational Sagittarius Mines, Incorporated (SMI) temporarily abandon its   Tampakan gold-copper project.

The $5.9-billion project that would use open-pit mining in the largest untapped copper-gold deposit in Southeast Asia and one of the world’s biggest was projected to yield about 375,000 tons of copper and 360,000 ounces of gold. 

SAGITTARIUS MINES

SMI TAMPAKAN

SAGITTARIUS MINING

SMI TAMPAKAN

South Cotabato Environmental Code

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