Mt Aguado in Cuyo faces threats of mining?

Pilgrims often visit Mt. Aguado in the town of Cuyo, Palawan. (Photo:flickr.com)


The local government of Cuyo is closely monitoring the reported mining activity at Mt. Aguado after netizens made noise in the social media about it.

Mayor Andrew Ong of Cuyo town said that he already ordered a thorough investigation of the report by the Municipal Police Office to know who is behind the alleged digging activities.

According to reports of netizens, some individuals were noticed in the area conducting digging activities to get soil samples at Mt. Aguado.

Netizens who are mostly residing or working abroad but are aborigines of the place were furious about the report. According to them, the town is likely to vanish once the mountain that serves as protection from typhoons and other calamities and is the symbol of their religious beliefs will be subjected to mining operation.

Mt. Aguado features life-size stations of the Way of the Cross constructed from the foot to the peak of the mountain. Cuyonon devotees, visitors and tourists make the annual pilgrimage to Mt. Aguado as part of the penitential rites done in Cuyo during the Holy Week particularly on Holy Thursday.

Mayor Ong confirmed that there is a deep hole at Station 11 (Station of the Cross) of Mt. Aguado which is already part of Bgy Igabas, Magsaysay,Palawan .

Ong said that no mining company has come to his office to present the project.

He said that he will not allow any activity that will destroy the mountain while he is the Chief Executive of the town because it is now part of the tourist attractions of Cuyo.

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