The Philippines: Discussions Over “Black Sand Mining” Issue Continue

The lone special investigator of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Negros Oriental said that his office will not entertain any complaints in relation to the impasse at the controversial alleged “black sand mining” operation in Tambacan, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental.

Dr. Jesus Cañete, Ph.D., explained that it will be a waste of time and useless for him to accommodate such complaints for as long as the issue on the “black sand mining” in Sitio Tambacan, Barangay 4 in Tanjay City, which protesters say is in the guise of dredging, would not be solved.

“They (the contractor, Sino-Italy Philippines, Inc.) and the Tanjay City LGU failed or rather deliberately ignored one essential element, which is to hold proper consultation with the people,” Cañete said.

He explained that during a consultation in Tanjay, attended by concerned parties, the LGU presented a resolution from the barangay council of Poblacion Barangay 4, where the project site is located, that was signed by Tambacan officials.

Press Release, February 25, 2014

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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