Miner Spartan foots bill for river dredging

One of three great rivers at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo, rendered impassable and long dead for two decades, and posing great risks to Zambales residents, will be rehabilitated by a mining company at no cost to the government.  The Maloma River traversing the Municipality of San Felipe in Zambales presently overflowing with lahar and floods during rainy days since the epic Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991 will be rehabilitated by Spartan Mining and Development Corp. Socrates G. Babia, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spartan, announced that company will foot the-60 hectare dredging project, including the construction of a spillway and slope protection. “The construction of a spillway and slope protection on both sides of the whole stretch of Maloma River to ensure that there will be no more flooding and that the river will be transformed to its former depth and water quality. These construction activities were approved by the DPWH and will be undertaken by Spartan as additional freebie,” Babia said. “The project was rendered compliant with all the regulations and requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment Review Committee of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” Babia disclosed. “We would like to thank DENR Secretary Rey Cimatu and his staff for this good news that will signal to all that worthy projects such as ours are given the much needed push by government under President Rodrigo Duterte,” Babia said.  “We are optimistic that not only wil....

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