May 20, 2017: Cimatu stops Palawan nickel mine from cutting trees
BROOKE’S POINT, Palawan — Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered on Friday Ipilan Nickel Corp. (INC) to stop its tree cutting activities following an inspection of the company’s mining tenement.
Cimatu also urged the company to face up to the charges that were expected to be lodged against them by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
“I saw the area, wala na talagang kahoy (there were no more trees). It was very unfortunate that this happened,” Cimatu said following an aerial and ground inspection of portions of the mine site where the company cut trees.
Natividad Bernardino, DENR director of the Mimaropa Region (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), issued the order canceling the tree cutting permit previously issued to INC.