Envi Chief orders suspension of FCF’s tree cutting, closure of SSM in Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan- Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu ordered the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region II to temporarily suspend the tree-cutting activities of FCF Minerals Corporation’s Gold- Molybdenum Project in Brgy. Runruno, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya.
He also ordered the Bureau to close down all small-scale mining activities in hazard prone areas in Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya where 10 casualties were reported due to the fatal landslide incident in the area brought by the heavy downpour of Typhoon Ulysses.
Cimatu further recommends to identify possible Minahang Bayan areas for displaced small-scale miners to a safer place to ensure their safety and to prevent another tragic incident.
“Identify an area that is safe for them and for the environment,” Cimatu cited.
He also asked the MGB Regional Chief Engr. Mario A. Ancheta to install signages in hazard prone areas for the awareness of the people in the community. – Lyndee Rose Basilio