DENR, Customs, PPA and PCG to hold shipment of “questionable” minerals from Banaybanay, DavOr

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in coordination of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), will hold the transport of nickel laterite ores in the Municipality of Banay-Banay, Davao Oriental based on complaints aired by various sectors advised to Governor Nelson Dayanghirang and IP community leaders.

Acting on the said complaints, an inter-agerncy consultative meeting presided by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu with officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), AFP and the PNP, decided to hold the shipment of 50,000 MT of nickel laterite ores. In the said meeting, the DENR Secretary also decided to check the processes which attended the said operations noting that the government may have been deprived of needed revenues as a result of these undertakings. 

 Last October 10, 2017, Riverbend Consolidated Mining Corporation President Nicanor Escalante also forwarded a letter to Secretary Cimatu, copy furnished the Office of the President and Governor Dayanghirang, reported the questionable shipment operations of RAM Aggregates and Construction Supply in Sitio Mangway, Brgy. Pintatagan, Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.

During the meeting, Bureau of Customs Port Collector Atty. Erastus Sandino told the Secretary that their agency will issue an alert order on the reported questionable shipment to China.  He also assured the Secretary that the ship will not be able to depart without his clearance.

On the other hand, PPA Manager Analee G. Aguila said that they will not also issue a port clearance pending the submission of the necessary documents clearing the said shipment. She will also look into the operations of the RAM loading facility in Banay-banay after being advised that the same may not have a foreshore lease clearance and an ECC.

Secretary Cimatu thanked the agencies emphasizing that DENR is very serious in addressing the mining issues especially when it is happening in the President’s region.

“It is also very important for us to give priority to such complaints to let the people know that we are very serious in addressing any and all mining and environmental issues. ###

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