Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Residents rally to support mining
Environment concerns are "baseless," say islandersIslanders gather to support exploration activities
- ucanews.com reporter, Surigao del Norte
- November 6, 2012
The residents, who took an hour-long motorboat ride from the island village of Masapelid, gathered to appeal for an extension of exploration activities of Bundok Mineral Resources Corporation, an affiliate of Australian-based company Lindian Limited Resources.
â€śThe people are not opposed to mining. In fact, the people have seen the good effects of mining,â€ť said village leader Eutiquio Saga, Jr., who attended the event, which included a prayer vigil. He added that people living on the island were in a better position to assess what is best for them.
Bundok employs about 200 people, including 80 full-time workers.
Residents at the rally said they have become victims of â€śa few anti-mining residentsâ€ť on the island whose complaints over environmental destruction and labor problems are â€śunfounded and baseless.â€ť
Supporters of mining in the area say that Bundok not only plants trees but has alsoÂ set up schools for workersâ€™ children.
The provincial government of Surigao del Norte, however, voted unanimously yesterday to investigate alleged violations committed by the mining company in Placer.
Engineer Ador Patino of the Mines Management Division reported that they found "deficiencies" in the construction of access roads in the mine site. The mines bureau has also classified the island as a geohazard area prone to landslides.
Jon Felipe Agcol, consultant of the mining firm, however, said the company has become a victim of governmentâ€™s inaction.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau has ordered the company "to refrain from further conduct of any exploration activity in the contract area" in a letter signed October 3.
In an earlier letter, the bureau denied the mining company's request for an extension of its exploration activities. Under the country's mining law, a mining company is only allowed an eight-year exploration period.