Duterte to impose ban on black sand mining
President Rodrigo Duterte is planning to impose a ban on black sand mining because of its negative impact on the environment.
Duterte made the announcement during a media interview Tuesday in which he also rejected the recommendation of Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez and Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to lift the ban on open pit mining
“Like the black sand, this has to stop. Nobody is allowed. Nobody but nobody is allowed to mine the black sands and export it,” said Duterte.
Duterte noted that black sand or magnetite was among the most coveted mineral exports of the Philippines to China.
But its exploitation had resulted to massive scars on the landscape, health problems on nearby residents, and drop in fish and farm livelihood of adjacent villages based on the impact of black sand mining in Zambales, Cagayan and Ilocos province.
Local government units were previously banned from giving dredging contracts for black sand mining but this was voided by former President Benigno Aquino III’s Executive Order 79.