By Niño Luces
DAET, Camarines Norte — Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Francis N. Tolentino said here on Friday that instead of imposing a total ban on mining, perhaps government should remove residents at risk of danger from the mining sites.
Speaking at the oathtaking ceremony for new Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) members in Camarines Norte, Tolentino said government should study the mining law a probably amend some provisions to restrict residential houses from the quary or mining sites.
“Okey lang siguro maglagay sila ng mga bunk houses, pero kung maglalagay sila ng mga bahay doon, dapat ipagbawal yun (Perhaps, miners can be allowed to build bunk houses, but not permanent houses. That should be forbidden),” he said.
Tolentino explained that one’s place of work should be separated from his or her residence and that’s the idea that should be followed in mining sites.
Tolentino also pushed for mining firms to fulfill their responsibility of rehabilitating the mining sites as they go along their operations.
“Isa pa dapat, kahit di pa tapos yung pagmimina, dapat nagkakaroon na ng rehabilitation at wag ng hintayin pa matapos yung proyekto (One thing that should be done is begin rehabilitation while mining is being conducted; there’s no need to wait until the entire mining operation is done),” he said.
These can go hand-in-hand in order to avoid mining firms from abandoning the mining sites once they are finished.