The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) here denied that there is an on-going coastal mining in San Enrique, Negros Occidental.
But MGB confirmed there was a pending application for exploration covering the area.
MGB regional director Leo Van Juguan said that the once the application of Massart Mineral Resources, Inc. is approved, the company hopes to find magnetite sand, which is a possible source of iron.
Juguan said the Massart Mineral applied for an exploration permit covering some 28, 766 hectares from towns of Pontevedra, San Enrique, Valladolid, Pulupandan, EB Magalona, Manapla and cities of Bago, Bacolod and Silay.
“All the requirements had been submitted, complied and endorsed to Manila in November last year. It is now awaiting approval by the director of Mines,” he said.
Juguan said that the approval of the application is now with their main office because the classification of the area being applied for is mineral reservation.
He said that no such activity will happen as long as there is no approved permit from the Manila office.
Just recently, several residents and officials of the said municipality called on the attention of concerned agencies to look into the alleged coastal mining in their area.
Juguan confirmed that he has attended the session of the Sangguniang Pambayan of San Enrique to shed light on the issue after the application was published.