US Army ARITAO, Nueva Vizcaya, Nov. 11 (PNA)--Eleven more mining companies are set to conduct"sand and gravel extraction" in the province.But local residents express apprehension that the sand and gravel quarrying are merefronts for mining operations.Aritao Mayor Ruben Sayo said the mining companies are eyeing a total of 600 hectaresoperations area in four barangays bordering the towns of Aritao and Dupax del Sur.The companies' workers are already in their respective areas conducting informationcampaign among the local residents which is part of the agreement entered into with theDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).Under the application for mineral production sharing agreement (APSA), the DENR issuedpermits to firms for the extraction of sand and gravel and other associated minerals subjectto the provisions of RA 7942 of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.Sayo said the proponents of quarrying activities are required to prove the socialacceptability of the project by getting the consent of affected residents.Of the 11 mining companies, five plan to operate at the banks of Marang River here, namely:the Glendale Mining and Development Corp.,Oregon Mining and Development Corp. and the Eagle CrestMining and Development Corp. with an area of 50 hectares each at barangay SanFrancisco here, and,the Lazarus Mining Corp. and Hopewell Mining Corp. both at barangay Tucanon.The Liperpool Mining and Development Corp., on the other hand, will operate along the Sta. FeRiver at barangay Nagcuartelan.In nearby Dupax del Sur town, the Anaconda Mining and Development Corp., P.L. Goodman Miningand Development Corp.,Aberdeen Mining and Development Corp. and the Bridestone Mining and DevelopmentCorp. are also set to conduct sand and gravel extraction along the Marang River at barangay Banila,while the Cypress Mining and Development Corp. is eyeing the Sta. Fe River banks at barangay Mangayang.The quarry application for all the 11 firms were filed with the Mines and Geosciences Bureauin Region 2 on the same day, February 22, 2001.Fr. Eden Orlino, director of the Diocesan Social Action Center (DSAC), expressed apprehensionthat the proposed quarry activities will be used as fronts for the companies' expansion and actualmining for valuable minerals.The area lies at the river downstream and foothills of the ore-rich Mamparang mountain rangein eastern Nueva Vizcaya.Residents in the area also fear that sporadic quarrying activities will result in the loweringof the riverbanks and thus,the flooding of rice lands and nearby barangays with the swelling ofthe river during the rainy season.Nueva Vizcaya, with its rich resource of gold and copper, has been the favorite target of big-timemining companies. (PNA)OFW brought home dead in Nueva Vizcaya(It looks like this is second case of OFW mysterious death of Domestic Worker in Hongkong.)BAGABAG, Nueva Vizcaya, Nov. 12 (PNA)--An overseas Filipino Worker was brought home dead here aftera brief stint as domestic helper in HongKong.The body of Lorna Capayan, 37, of barangay Villa Coloma was transported back tothe country following her mysterious death in that Chinese territory late last month.Lorna was forced to leave the Philippines for work abroad on July 14, this year in herdesire to deliver her family from poverty.She was then employed as househelp for one Ng Yuk Ling Sandie. The victim left behindher carpenter husband, Carlo Magno Pasion,Jr., and their three daughters Cherrylou, 15; Loida Gueen,14; and,Diosa, 10.Barely 10 weeks after her first-day of work with her new employer, Lorna diedallegedly due to rabies infection.
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