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More illegal Chinese ships seen in Cagayan; hauling PH minerals for China

From Gising Cagayan Page

August 11, 2019 (6AM)

Patuloy parin ang operasyon ng malawakang pagmimina ng Chinese Dredging Barge sa Cagayan River dahil bigong manindigan ang ilang mga pinuno na dapat na nagsisilbi sa bayan at nagproprotekta sa kalikasan. Malapit na ring matapos ang ginagawang Chinese Island Building sa West Philippine Sea at Hong-Kong International Airport reclamation project na libreng tinutulungan ng Gobernador ng Cagayan sa pagpapadala ng libreng buhangin ng Aparri Cagayan.

Black sand Mining in Cagayan

The illegal mining of black sand continues in Cagayan amid a government crackdown on such operations, a Catholic Church-based environment group said.

Ronald Guzman, convenor of the Federation of Environmental Advocates of Cagayan (FEAC), said illegal black sand mining remains unabated in the towns of Aparri, Gonzaga and Buguey.

Guzman accused the provincial government of issuing quarrying permits to Chinese contractors in the guise of dredging the Cagayan River.

The continued extraction of black sand causes floods and erosions and endangers fisherfolk and the marine ecosystem in the area, the group said.

These contractors know no limits, they extract black sand even those near the public cemetery in Gonzaga, desecrating the burial plots there,” Guzman told The STAR.

lack sand or magnetite, found along the Cagayan coastlines, is used in the manufacture of concrete and steel products, magnets, paint, ink, paper, jewelry and cosmetics. This makes magnetite a very lucrative commodity in foreign markets such as in China and Taiwan.

FEAC has an ongoing signature drive against black sand mining in Cagayan.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), which is responsible for the issuance of mineral processing permits for large-scale mining projects, said it has issued permits to at least 10 foreign firms.

Illegal Chinese dredging ship

A Chinese dredging vessel, suspected of being used for black sand mining, ran aground in Aparri, Cagayan.

According to a report by Athena Imperial on GMA News TV’s State of the Nation with Jessica Soho on Thursday, the rough waves amid inclement weather sent the vessel at the shallow part of the waters.

The crew aboard the dredging vessel did not seek any help but the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) initiated to check how the foreigners were doing.

The PCG said it also inspected the vessel’s oil tank to prevent an oil spill.

The Chinese crew decided not to venture out too far from the coast until the weather condition improves.

Meanwhile, Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba allayed the worries of some residents about the alleged black sand mining activity of the dredger.

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