By LAYAD EKID
Congressman Teodoro Baguilat of Ifugao suggested to the Regional Development Council (RDC) to make a declaration against corporate or large-scale mining saying it is not environment friendly and it is contrary to the RDC vision of making Cordillera the watershed cradle of Northern Luzon. Baguilat said he already filed a resolution in Congress to put a moratorium in the region on the activities of large-scale mining, which accordingly has filed Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) with the Mining and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to almost the whole of the region.
Baguilat’s move should heighten the debate on corporate mining, which actually had been resolved in various communities of the region if only the corporate mines can forget the luster of the gold and respect the people’s decisions.
I am more interested how the RDC will respond to Baguilat’s challenge. With all its inutileness, it can probably contribute its influence given that it counts among its members all governors of the region, some mayors, and regional directors of government line agencies (most can choose to ignore the RDC).
I am curious what RDC would tell the regional Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which incidentally is headed by Clarence Baguilat, a cousin of the congressman and a geologist who rose from MGB.