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13 Mai 2024

Joey Marzan, The Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippines: Mining co. pursues permit amid locals' opposition & stoppage order following finding of arsenic in island's ground water; incl. co. comment

"Mining firm in Iloilo pursues permit renewal amid stoppage order", 13 May 2024

A mining company doing exploration work on Pan de Azucar Island in Concepcion town, Iloilo, has renewed its move to conduct mining operations in the area amid opposition from residents and a cease-and-desist order from the provincial government.

Kaycee Crisostomo, spokesperson for TVI Resource Development Inc. (TVIRD), told the Inquirer that it would seek to renew the mineral production sharing agreement (MPSA) granted to its partner, Minimax Mineral Exploration Corp....

...Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. issued a cease-and-desist order on March 4 on the mining firm’s operation on Pan de Azucar, upon the recommendation of the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO), which confirmed the presence of arsenic in the island’s groundwater following a field investigation last Jan. 10.


“It must be pointed out that the allegation of ‘arsenic contamination’ is without proper basis, as what was shown by the provincial government was merely a rapid assessment test, which is clearly insufficient to reach such a conclusion. Arsenic had been naturally occurring and preexisting [on] the island even before the company commenced any exploration activities,” Crisostomo said.