Duterte Orders Tawi-Tawi Island Rehabilitation
President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the cease of operations in Tumbagaan Island in Languyan, Tawi-Tawi.
According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles, Duterte instead has issued the rehabilitation of the island following results that the island has been destroyed by mining operations.
“The island has, at this point, been mined out,” he said. And while rehabilitation efforts are underway, the President is issuing a directive to stop any and all mining in Tumbagaan Island and to step up the rehabilitation of the area by planting more trees and other efforts of rehabilitation.”
Nograses also noted that more actions will soon be implemented as the result of the mining operations need to be studied more. He also emphasized the commitment of the president to preserve and take care of the environment, which is transparent in the laws and regulations that the president is implementing.
“Since the beginning of his administration, the President has repeatedly stressed the importance of protecting our environment and strictly implementing environmental laws,” he said.