N. Vizcaya folk hail looming suspension of Aussie mine firm

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—Residents of this province expressed delight over the impending suspension of operations of an Australian mining firm in upland village in Kasibu town after it failed a recent mine audit conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).



What used to be a vast green rice and vegetable farms in Didipio village is now the reservoir of toxic mine tailings from the gold-copper project of OceanaGold, Philippines, Inc.

But they said people of Nueva Vizcaya should remain vigilant that the “temporary victory” will produce good results, and make OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. pay for the damage it has caused on the people and the environment in Didipio village, site of its gold-copper project.

“This is a welcome development. After several years of struggle, mass actions, position/petition papers, international study tours whose findings fell on deaf ears—thanks God our prayers have been heard,” said Teresita Acosta, executive director of Friends of the Environment for Development and Sustainability (Frends), a non-government organization.

Frends belongs to an alliance of groups opposed to mining in Nueva Vizcaya, which include civil society, as well as religious and people’s organizations.

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