Ancheta affirms end of Black sand mining in Cagayan

By: Lyndee Rose S. Basilio

Tuguegarao City, Cagayan (MGB)- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 02 (MGB R02) through MGB Regional Director Mario Ancheta affirmed the end of black sand mining along the shorelines of Cagayan province.

Ancheta made an assurance that black sand mining in Cagayan is already stopped with the issuance of corresponding orders.

Ancheta ordered the former black sand mining permitees to conduct rehabilitation efforts in mining areas .

Further, he said that the mining companies should free the area with its mining equipment.

“By the end of 2014 we hope to see no traces of their operations (black sand mining),” Ancheta said referring to 10 China based mining firms whose permits were canceled last September by the MGB.

This interview was made in response to the issue that black sand mining still exists in guise of dredging.