Nueva Vizcaya vs. Oceanagold: Australian-Canadian miner no longer welcome to operate in PH?
After the Court of Appeals (CA) dismissed the petition of Oceanagold Philippines to be able to operate in Nueva Vizcaya, calls for the Australian-Canadian miner to stop operating in the Philippines is also piling.
Over the weekend, local environmental activists, led by the group Kalikasan, called on the Philippine government to deny the company’s application to renew its financial or technical assistance agreement (FTAA), which would allow Oceanagold to resume operating its copper-gold mine in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya.
Kalikasan national coordinator Leon Dulce said the CA decision is the “latest legal victory [that] upholds the stand of the people of Nueva Vizcaya to reject the illegal, destructive, and plunderous mining operations of Oceanagold”.
“Oceanagold must be compelled to return the ancestral lands it is occupying to the indigenous Tuwali people. All outstanding charges filed against the barricaders now proven once again to have just cause in opposing the mine must be likewise rejected,” Dulce said.
“It is crucial and urgent to immediately close the mine and expedite the rehabilitation of the mine site to mitigate the multiple risks it poses on the COVID-19 pandemic situation faced by the host communities in Vizcaya,” he added.