Capiz Governor Antonio del Rosario asked the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to reinstate the 50- moratorium on the issuance of new mining permits.
The mining moratorium was lifted during the administration of Former Governor Victor Tanco, Sr.
Del Rosario’s request triggered a heated debate between among members of the Sangguinang Panlalawigan (SP).
The measure lifting the mining moratorium was authored by the late board member Cesar Talabucon.
On Aug. 27, 1999, the SP approved an ordinance declaring a 15-year moratorium on all large-scale mining activities and the acceptance and processing of all application for mineral agreements.
On Feb. 15, 2002, the SP amended the ordinance extending the moratorium to 50 years.
However, on May 11, 2016, the 50-year mining moratorium was lifted by the SP members.
When the new set of the provincial board members assumed office after the elections in May 2016, three new members passed an ordinance seeking for the reinstatement of the moratorium. They are Board Members Jonathan Sonny Besa, Victor Tanco, Jr., and PCL President Elmer Arevalo.
But the ordinance failed to get the support of majority of SP members.
In their regular session recently, Besa introduced again the ordinance.
However, Board Member Jeffrey Layo, who emphasized that he is not pro-mining, said that he would not support the reinstatement.IMT
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