The Province of Davao Oriental has recently filed a petition with the Asian Heritage Site for the expansion of the Philippine Eagle Sanctuary in the Mt. Hamiguitan range within the jurisdiction of the municipalities of Governor Generoso, San Isidro and portion of Mati City.
The proposed expansion, however, encompass also eight (8) mining tenements two (2) of which are approved while the six (6) others are Exploration Permit Applications (EXPA). The following are the mining tenements affected by the proposed expansion:
a.) TQGT Mineral Resources Dev’t. Corp. – 2 EXPA applications (affected a portion of their application)
b.) 2) Pacific Mabuhay Mining Corp. – 1 EXPA application (affected a portion of their application)
c.) 3) Austral Asia Link Mining Corporation – 1 approved MPSA (affected a portion of the approved tenement)
d.) 4) Sinophil Mining and Trading Corp. – 1 approved MPSA (affected a portion of their approved tenement)
e.) 5) Loyalty Mining Corporation – 1 APSA application (portion of their application)
f.) 6) Sands mining corporation – 1 EXPA application ( portion of their application)
g.) 7) Oceancrest Mining Corp. – 1 EXPA application ( portion of their application)
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office has informed the companies affected about the issue in order for them to make the proper action before the appropriate body or agency.
The position of the Office of MGB RXI is that the processing of the mining tenement applications will continue while the petition for expansion is waiting for approval of the said area to be declared as a heritage site or a protected wildlife sanctuary. The affected companies, meanwhile, are planning a joint move to oppose the petition for expansion.