Island in Peril / Stomping on Paradise

 

A Personal Note from the site administrator (November 17, 2008):

I have received a significant amount of email from concerned individuals regarding the Siquijor mining exploration that is allegedly taking place on the island.  While I certainly recognize the possible adverse environmental, aesthetic, and health-related impact that can result from mining operations, I choose to deal with facts and not mere rumors or speculations.  I want to point out to those of you who wish to remain anonymous, rest assured that your opinions will not carry much weight.

Though I admit that I am ignorant of mining in general, I do seriously question if the tourism industry can exist on an island of this size if mining is allowed to proliferate.  I can say without hesitation that extensive mining certainly will not have a positive impact on tourism and in my opinion will hinder its growth.  I have long been committed to promoting responsible tourism (Eco tourism), environmental awareness, and investment for Siquijor.  While it can be argued that mining is an investment, the question is "at what cost”? 

Studies and explorations do not necessarily lead to mining.  However, if the exploration does result in wide-spread mining, the dream of tourism flourishing on the island will seriously be threatened.

The Lazi mining operation caused quite a stir 7 or 8 years ago.  I have heard countless comments both pro and con about how that operation has impacted the province; the majority have been negative in nature.  

Many of you have stated your doubts of how DENR has, is, and will handle the current situation and possible future operations.  For your information I offer the following:

The DENR's (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) mission statement is:

The DENR shall be the driving force in the pursuit of sustainable development, enabling stakeholders’ participation in the protection, conservation, and management of the environment and natural resources for the present and future generations.

The DENR's Vision Statement is:

“A nation enjoying and sustaining its natural resources and a clean and healthy environment".

If mining is to increase on the island, then I suggest that the focus should be on responsible mining. Let us encourage those powers in charge of such operations to make informed decisions at every stage, and to go beyond the normal minimum requirements to achieve a level that ensures a sustainable environment.  Let us persuade the decision makers to pursue the mining processes with the idea of keeping the environment as pristine as naturally possible.

The financially-challenging times that we are currently facing are on a global scale.  While it is a harsh reality that most of us are forced to make sacrifices in our personal lives in order to meet these challenges, let us not sacrifice our environment.  If sacrifice we must, then let us sacrifice for the environment.  

Please be advised that I am not a citizen of the Philippines.  Nor am I a full-time resident of the Province of Siquijor.  In an effort to provide Provincial news to Siquijodnons and concerned individuals around the globe it is my intent to post any media releases that I find pertaining to the Siquijor mining and other selected environmental issues. 

If you have legitimate complaints I would highly recommend that you contact your local officials.

Siquijor Gary

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Siquijor approves Environment Code (April 23, 2009)

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