Former DENR undersecretary Leo Jasareno, PENRO Neg. Occ. head Edgardo Rostata, former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, DENR Secretary Gina Lopez and Mayor Oscar Montilla Jr. (l-r) during the visit in Sipalay yesterday*
Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez yesterday challenged residents of Sipalay City in Negros Occidental and Basay town in Negros Oriental to take part in protecting the environment while gaining from it, a press release from the DENR NIR said.
In her visit to two former mining sites in Negros Island, Lopez expressed her dismay over the effects that open pit mining had left the communities.
supports Coke ban
The Coca-Cola beverage company may have signed a contract to be among the sponsors of the ongoing Ugyonan Festival of EB Magalona in Negros Occidental, but Mayor Marvin Malacon said he is supporting the move of other local government units to ban its products in the town.
Malacon, who opened the weeklong Ugyonan Festival celebrations yesterday, said “I am with the banning of Coke products”, adding that the use of high-fructose corn syrup affects the sugar farmers in Negros Occidental.
He explained that the sponsorship deal with the beverage firm for the Ugyonan Festival had all been finalized in January, long before some local government units, as well as the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, called for the boycott of Coca-Cola products during their respective festivities.
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DENR to issue show-cause
orders vs. two mining firms
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW & JUANCHO GALLARDE
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez yesterday said she will issue today show-cause orders against two mining companies in southern Negros, after seeing purported violations of environmental laws.
She arrived in Dumaguete City yesterday and flew via helicopter to Basay in Negros Oriental and then to Sipalay City in Negros Occidental, for an ocular inspection of the defunct Copper Development Corporation of the Philippines and the still operational Maricalum Mining, respectively.