DISTRUST

Mine firms blamed for breakup of families, communities in N. Vizcaya

Delegates of an international solidarity mission have scored foreign mining companies operating in Nueva Vizcaya for supposedly causing division among families and residents in the upland communities they have occupied.

The group expressed disgust over how mining companies OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. and Metals Exploration, Inc. have “systematically” destroyed close-knit relationships among clans and villagers, allowing them to enter the areas and carry out their mining activities despite local opposition.

They noted the “great disparity” between claims of the mining companies, which operate two large-scale mining projects in Nueva Vizcaya, on their treatment of the communities and the “reality on the ground”.

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This view of the Didipio mine site in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya gives villagers a constant reminder of the extent of destruction that the OceanaGold Philippines’ gold-copper project has caused on the mountains and the valley that used to be their main source of livelihood. The damage, however, is not only environmental. Photo by Melvin Gascon

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FINAL WARNING

CSC to N. Vizcaya gov: comply or face sanctions

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–The Civil Service Commission has issued a final warning to Gov. Ruth Padilla over her alleged failure to abide by the commission’s order that affirmed the appointments and promotions of 62 permanent employees she illegally dismissed and demoted in 2013.

In a resolution, the CSC directed Padilla to “fully implement” its March 17 decision reinstating the employees to their former positions, and to pay them their back salaries from the time they were ousted from their posts.

The CSC also gave Padilla 10 days to explain why she should not be cited in contempt for failure to implement “a lawful order”.

“Her failure to comply with this order within the specified period shall be considered a waiver thereof and appropriate action will be rendered based on the available records,” the CSC said, through Commissioner Robert Martinez.

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