‘No dredging in Tanjay River
The proposed massive dredging project in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, cannot begin yet unless all permits and documents are in order, Oscar Magallones, provincial chief of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said yesterday.
Magallones told members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tanjay City at their special session yesterday morning that dredging, quarrying and mining for mineral ores, whether large or small scale, must go through the proper procedures as required by law.
The project is being opposed by some residents in Tanjay, who expressed fear that the proposal to remove heavy siltation at the mouth of the Tanjay River, its estuaries and part of the adjacent coastline to prevent flooding is allegedly a cover-up for magnetite, or black sand mining.
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