Cimatu awaits report on Alcoy dolomite mining
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said he had yet to receive the report on the investigation on the alleged violations of the dolomite mining firms in Alcoy town, Cebu.
It has been almost a month since the environment secretary inspected the mining site in the town after the corals in the seas in Alcoy have been damaged due to dolomite debris.
Cimatu said that the suspension of the operations should be enough to contain the damage brought by the mining sites, for now, as the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR-7) and Environment Management Bureau in Central Visayas (EMB-7) continues the investigation.
He begged off from revealing their next move for the mining sites until he had seen the recommendations of the two agencies.
“Pag-usapan muna namin. Icheck muna namin ang recommendations nila. (We will talk about it. I will check their recommendations). The EMB-7 will be presenting the results of their investigation today,” said Cimatu.
It can be remembered that the crushed dolomite rocks sourced from the mountains of Alcoy, a fifth-class municipality located approximately 101 kilometers southeast of Cebu City, were used for the artificial white-sand component of Manila Bay’s rehabilitation project.
Cimatu has directed the Environmental Management Bureau in Central Visayas (EMB-7) to collect water samples and conduct air monitoring around the port of the mining site on September 2020.
The mining site has ceased operations since. /dbs
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