Antique guv mulls closure of Panian pit

Semirara coal mine accident. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Broderick Train (left) reports the results of his investigation to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council headed by Gov. Rhodora J. Cadiao (second from right) during the meeting held at Sumakwel Hall, New Capitol, San Jose, Antique. Photo also shows Provincial Administrator Atty. John I.C. Turalba.Photo by PIA6/T.Villavert
Semirara coal mine accident. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Broderick Train (left) reports the results of his investigation to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council headed by Gov. Rhodora J. Cadiao (second from right) during the meeting held at Sumakwel Hall, New Capitol, San Jose, Antique. Photo also shows Provincial Administrator Atty. John I.C. Turalba.Photo by PIA6/T.Villavert

The provincial governor of Antique will recommend for the closure of a particular section of Semirara Mining Power and Coal Corporation’s  Panian pit due to the dangers it caused to its workers.

Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao said that the the Panian mine has caused several fatalities already to its miners, with the first accident in February 2013, and the now it happened again in the same spot.

“I can surmise that after the  two accidents which happened in the same site, the area is dangerous so I recommend for the closure of that particular area,” Gov. Cadiao said in a PIA interview.

The governor said that the  province has to take action to prevent more loss of lives.

A section of the wall of Semirara Mining Corp.’s Panian mine caved in at around 3:45 A.M. Friday, July 17, 2015, according to reports.

Earlier reports disclosed that there were six fatalities and three missing miners.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council  passed  a resolution  for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to recommend temporary suspension of  operations of the Semirara Mining Power and Coal Corporation as far as Panian Pit is concerned  and a recommendation to the Department of Energy to suspend such operation pending the result of the investigation of the provincial government of Antique in relation to the unfortunate incident that happened last July 17, 2015.

SP Member Vincent Piccio, chair of the Committee on Environment said that once approved, the Resoultion will be sent to the Semirara Mining Power and Coal Corporation Department of Energy, Office of the President, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Department of Environment, Local Government Unit of Caluya.