BAKUN Mayor Marcelo Contada said he did not issue any endorsement to the exploration project of mining firm Royalco Philippines, contrary to the claim by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).
was issued a certificate of pre-condition by the NCIP, following the consent given by the affected communities in Barangay Gambang.
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According to Contada
, the Municipal Government has left the decision to the people on whether or not to allow the plan.
"We left the decision to the people.
Our stand was to let them make the decision.
If they allow the project, then we would go with them, if they don't then it's their decision," he
The mayor met with his
constituents last Wednesday, particularly those who are raising objections against the mining exploration, to discuss their concerns.
"We want to reconcile the conflicting stands of our people," he
mining exploration project in Gambang
was endorsed by the council of elders in the village.
Mayor Contada said another round of consultation is needed so the local government could settle the contradictions among the people.