Victory! Oceana Gold Pulls Out Drilling Operation after people’s barricade

Joint press release

28 June 2016

BAGUIO CITY – Oceana Gold Philippines Inc. pulls out their drilling
operations in Sitio Camgat, Brgy. Didipio, Kasibu Nueva Vizcaya last
Saturday, June 18, three days after anti-mining residents barricaded the
entrance to the site.

The Barangay Council and anti-mining residents under DESAMA and SAPPAKMI
decided to stop the barricade after OGPI pulled-out their equipment in
the area stating that the victory of the people is only temporary.

“We will maintain to be vigilant towards the company’s dirty tactics of
sneaking in drilling equipment in the area. Last time, they sneaked in
their equipment when the community was busy attending a wedding and a
funeral,” said Erenio Bobola, chairperson of SAPPAKMI.

According to reports from the residents, immediately after the
barricade, OGPI called for a meeting with the Barangay to discuss the
new amendments of their Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) which
is the basis of their entry.

“We already signed a resolution in 2012 that the community will not
allow any mining activity in the area. The company did not respect that
by asking the approval only from the landowners where the drilling
machines were situated,” said Myrna Duyan, a board director of DESAMA.

“We still need to consolidate the landowners and the Barangay Council
to steady their anti-mining stand and not be co-opted by the company’s
offers because even though it is their land, the effects of the
operation will affect all of us in the Barangay,” Erenio Bobola,
chairperson of SAPPAKMI updated through a phone interview

Last week, the barricade was visited by incoming Governor Carlos Padilla
who vowed to help the residents stop the drilling and exploration of OGPI.

This coming presidential inauguration in Metro Manila on June 30,
SAPPAKKMI will voice out their calls to President elect Duterte to stop
the Australian mining giant from destroying their community.

“President Duterte, ipasardeng yo koma ti Oceana Gold. Naramanan mi ti
impact na nga madi iti aglawlaw, pangkabiagan ken salun-at mi.
Ipatungpal yo koma ti ibagbaga yo nga nu dakayoti mangabak, mapasardeng
dagiti makadadael nga kumpanya. (President Duterte, please stop Oceana
Gold. We experienced its negative impacts to our environment, livelihood
and health. Please realize your promise that you will stop the
operations of destructive mining companies once you are in
power),”Bobola pleads to the president.

For queries please contact:

* Fernando Mangili – Amianan Salakniban Spokesperson – 09174676337
* Erenio Bobola – SAPPAKKMI Chairperson – 09178197064