WATCH | Miners, kin call for stop to mining closures in Surigao del Sur
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MANILA, Philippines - Despite the rains, hundreds of miners and their families on Thursday converged at the town plaza of Cantilan in Surigao del Sur for an indignation rally calling for a stop to the impending closure of some mines in the province.
The protesters, including indigenous people or lumad, expressed fear at the loss of livelihood for some 7,000 miners in the region.
Even the local government unit admits that the closure may bring about negative effects to almost all of the residents who are being sustained by the mining operations.
Aside from giving work, the residents are benifitting from community projects and the building of infrastructure.
But the Department of Environment and Natural Resources seems to have found an ally in House Natural Resources Committee chairman Carlos Zarate.
Zarate said Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’s move to clash with big names in the mining industry was very admirable and should be supported.
Zarate however admitted that the move must be followed up by a proposed law that is pro-people and pro-environment.
President Rodrigo Duterte said in a speech in Surigao City on Sunday that the national government will allot P2 billion for those who will be displaced by the mining closures, although he did not elaborate.
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