It was almost exactly two years ago since the first time I have revealed the disturbing image and impact of nickel mining industry in Surigao del Norte.
Coming from the cradle of town of Surigao Peninsula, Cantilan, I opted to pursue a trip to Surigao City via passing the eastern coast of Surigao del Norte, traversing the coastal peninsula with mountain soils being extracted for its laterite with huge nickel deposit.
It was a memorable experience to me remembering how dreadful it was witnessing with our own naked eyes how these red mountains were scrapped down to the ground, leaving no trace of other living things on its path.
I can’t make a full assessment on how mining licenses were approved by the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau(MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) but I’ll just leave the judgment to you by comparing the pictures I have painfully taken during a 4 hour bumpy bus ride towards Surigao City via Noventa Road.
I just hope preventive interventions are now being taken before NATURE take its own action to create balance in our environment by sacrificing thousands of lives again. May God be on our side.