Monday, January 07, 2013

SB Mainit, Jabonga call authorities for water quality testing against alleged mining effects to Lake Mainit

The Sangguniang Bayan of Mainit, Surigao del Norte and Jabonga, Agusan del Norte recently alleged the mining operation to have effect on the fish kill lately happened in the Municipality of Mainit on April while fish deformation, malnourishment and the extinction of freshwater prawn locally known as “uyang” or “ulang” and the freshwater shrimp commonly called as “isik”. The SB revealed the allegation during the visit and presentation of the BPP by LMDA staff last November 23 and December 3, 2012 respectively.

The allegation from SB Mainit

Hon. Bernabe Mantilla informed LMDA that Mainitnons felt that there was mining effect of the Greenstone Mining operation on the current fish kill occurred last April 2012. Mr. Barillo, the BPP Project Coordinator who presented on the session last November 23, 2012 said that LMDA was already informed of the incident and collaborate it with the DENR.

The Presiding Officer Hon. Michael Mozar said that their office invited the Greenstone to present the situation of the mining operation. However, he admitted that SB office have lack of technical know-how on the real cause of the fish kill. He suggested LMDA, BFAR and DENR, the right authorities to help them find if mining has something do to with the fish kill. Mr. Barillo said that the SB suggestions will be taken to LMDA and other right authorities.

The revelation from SB Jabonga

Hon.  Sebastian Bermudez informed that there is alarming observation about the vanishing of “isik” recently happened in Jabonga. He said that years before, the passengers travelling to Surigao and Butuan cities knew that they already arrived in Barangay Bangayan part of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte since they felt odor from the “isik” that were sundried along the national highway but now we can no longer see it anywhere in the Jabonga. Moreover, he also personally observed as a local fisherman that he caught malnourish “pijanga” (local name of freshwater Gobby) and Tilapia. He describes that pijanga and tilapia he caught have big heads but small body, which he called it as malnourished fish.  He also informed that he caught fish with damaged skin, which he thought to have affected by cyanide. (continue)

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