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Abra residents opposed Gold Processing Plant’s opening

A Gold Processing Plant is about to open in barangay Barbarit, Lagangilang abra. In a report from GMA News, the plant will be used to process gold

According to Mayor Patrocinio Abaya, this facility was approved by his office to limit illegal small scale mining. DENR said they have not received any application to operate this plant.

Meanwhile, residence are opposing the opening of the facility as it will affect farm lands around the area.

This plant would certainly open up job oppurtunities but the big question is, is it worth it considering the environmental impact of such a plant?

Watch the Video report:

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Abra River Cliff Eroded - Pidigan, Abra, Joselito Balla

Abra River Cliff Eroded – Pidigan, Abra, Joselito Balla

In a related post, Ms. Norma Hennessy wrote an article: Abra: In Danger of Becoming Cordillera’s “No Man’s Land”

An impending ‘Frankenstein’ hub in Abra is in the works with the precedence of this mining processing plant now constructed in Lagangilang, Abra!

Without yet any permit or prior consultation with the people before the plant structures were erected, this “PHANTOM OF DEATH” was insidiously brought in and now lurks to sow doom in the lives of Abrenians.

read more http://thefilipinoaustralian.com/blogs/abra-in-danger-of-becoming-cordilleras-no-mans-land/

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Discussion

82 thoughts on “Abra residents opposed Gold Processing Plant’s opening

  1. Grow up fellow Abrenios. This is an opportunity for jobs and living for us. What we need is not an opposition to this but a keen, observant and watchful eyes to oversee that this company will adhere to all the rules and precautions so that this project will not become a hazard to us but bring us prosperity. We just have to make sure that this will not be corrupted, abused or misused by few people in power. Investors are big players for economic growth. Attract them instead of pushing them away.

    Posted by eunife | December 5, 2013, 5:43 am
    • Puro pgkakwartaan nasa isip mga politiko natin kht masira environment nila

      Posted by eric shawn | December 5, 2013, 5:53 pm
    • Think it again Eunife….Where do you think they could damp the chemicals they used in processing or cleaning their alleged gold? In the river or in the mountains where when rains comes, napesten dagiti mulmula tayo nga araduen dagitoy nga chemicals. Besides, pangalaan da iti balitok? Mining exploration in our province or somewhere else? No saan kayo nga ma-stop, nasiyaat met ta adda pagtakawan dagiti nagatel ti ima ken utek da.

      Posted by palakopak | December 5, 2013, 6:08 pm
      • There is what we call waste management and risk reduction. That is what we need to be assured of, that this company will adhere to the best practices and guidelines and meet the strict technical and environmental criteria. Let us not oppose what we are not fully educated about. Let the experts handle it.

        Gold exploration in Abra? Why not? If Abra is rich with natural resources, wouldn’t we like to utilize it? If Abra has G-O-L-D, can you imagine what it can bring to the Abrenios? Gold mining doesn’t kill else gulf countries would have sunk long time ago. Mining is an industry that brings prosperity if managed well. But if we cannot trust ourselves to be able to do it, then we will stay as we are, left behind as … what do we call it? Third class province in a third world country? tsk tsk …

        Posted by eunife | December 6, 2013, 12:12 pm
        • Since when did we adhere to the guidelines of strict environmental criteria you’re talking about? Are you trying to transfer our “alipospos” again? Maybe you’re not living any part of the country anymore where lives and property had been sacrificed every year because of logging and mining. You are so blinded with gold or material wealth without regards to the safety of your own bloodline just to support your caprices while staying abroad. You’re even insulting us by saying “let the experts handle it”. Where the hell you could find them? Your dearest one could not even trust you anymore, does he/she? I could say that because your materialistic or greedy nature is so obvious and unmindful to what others say just to satisfy your own personal demonic interest. You are even assuming that we are all stupid by telling us “that other countries would have been sunk long time ago because of gold mining”. Where did you get the idea that Abrenians are better than them in respecting or following our mining/logging laws and regulations or any other laws of the land?

          Posted by Zirbinguenza | December 6, 2013, 5:16 pm
    • Apo naglaing met daytoy EUNIFE nga agsarsaritan..PAPISPISAN KANTO PAY LONGAT..SIKA TI UMAY TOY ABRA NGA UMAY UMINOM TA DANUM NGA NAGUGASAN TA MINASANEN LOKO….IDI LEPANTO MINES TI NAGPA ANOD TI CHEMICAL NA DITA ABRA RIVER ANYA TI NAPASAMAK KAYKAYSONA NGA BONOG KADA PALILENG NATAYDAN,MABALIN MO PAY AYA NGA INOMEN TA DANUM IDI TA KARAYAN KET SAANEN ..TATTA TA SOMAYAAT MANEN TA DANUM GANDATEN YO MANEN …DAKAYO NGA FINANCIER NGA ADDA TA AMERICA PAKI ALAM MO NGARUD NO MATAY TI SIBOBOKEL NGA CALABA IMPORTANTE KET KIMITA KA LONGAT ..SAAN KA MAN NGA AGINDIDI AMMO TI ADVERSE EFFECT DAGITOY CHEMICAL NGA MAYUSAR TA MINAHAN..ADO TI MAYTED TI GOBYERNO NGA PAGTRABAHUAN TI TATTAO NO KAYATDA ..TAKAWEN DA MET AMIN ANYA ..

      Posted by JANNO POGI-IT | December 9, 2013, 3:23 am
  2. This outcome is worst than MONSANTO……NO to Monsanto and definitely NO to mining in Lagangilang.

    Posted by comli2013 | December 6, 2013, 1:06 am
  3. The Philippine mining laws still have a long way to go in order to come close to being sound and environmentally friendly. Factor in the fact that: since the cost of implementing an environmentally responsible health and safety system is very high and will eat chunks out of operations profit, mining outfits cut corners in the safety department. Otherwise, the operation will not be as highly profitable. As to profit sharing: the locality where the land being mined is gets a leasehold value. There is a set ceiling of monetary compensation that is imparted to the locality in tax form. Companies cut corners in implementing environmentally responsible waste disposal system inorder to up operational profits. However, even if profits rise to skyhigh level, it will only be for the operator to avail of. It will not give additional compensation to the host locality. In effect, immeasurable hidden hazards are let out into the environment. People in the vicinities are exposed to various types of toxic materials such as fumes that dissipate in the air, toxic elements that seep into the ground and end up in water reservoirs or river, or toxic matter are absorbed by flora and fauna that end up in peoples’ foods. Mining towns become ghost towns after the mineral deposits are exhausted. But it’s not only that a town gets deserted; for the degree of negative impact in people’s’ health and lives is not limited amongst those directly exposed to hazards that were posed by gold processing elements (i.e. mercury and arsenic). Negative side effects get carried over to ascendants of highly exposed people through toxin- impacted genes. Talk about gold processing plant -where the highest risk of element-handling and exposure to substances take place; or the part of operation where toxic residual elements are washed off with water – then we are thus talking of an operation where element-based hazards are most volatile and exposure to them is most devastating. The disadvantages and destructive effects of operating a mining (gold) processing plant far outweigh any benefit that such a plant provides by a thousand fold!

    Posted by N. Hennessy | December 7, 2013, 3:00 am
  4. It’s funny how some people did their research and tries to shoot the messenger rather than understand the message. What can I say, fear and negativity clouds even the most brilliant mind. Rather than finding a solution to a problem, shut it down and throw it away so you don’t have to deal with it then continue to sit around. Ah what a logic, very convenient! Let the people stay as they are, fearful of change, fearful to change the people who have been robbing them in front of their eyes. No wonder the place is still ruled by the same corrupt people. Laws have still a long way to go, then perhaps it’s time to start moving forward and move faster. Year 2014 is around the corner, wake up and leave the 50’s. Since when did we adhere to criteria ? Then it is time to adhere now and implement it strictly. Where are the experts? Get out of your box so you’ll see them. Abrenios are no better than them ? Oh, please … Abrenios are much better than many of them. I am an Abrenian and I know I am better than “them”, whoever they are. And I dream of the day when me and my fellow OFWs of Abra will not need to go abroad anymore to support our families. I dream of that day when there are enough jobs and investments in the province. That day where there is change and progress! If you are living in Abra, enjoying your comfort zone, depending on the remittances of OFWs like me, then perhaps, you will never understand the need of “change” of the province!

    Posted by eunife | December 7, 2013, 4:38 am
    • Your phrase “That day when there is change and progress!” caught my attention. As they always say: hope is on the horizon but I would say, it’s just an illusion. Before you and me were even borne or some of the current elected or non-elected government officials were borne, change and progress were indeed occurred for the enrichment of only the few corrupt government servants and never in history for the majority under-privileged Abrenians, Ilokans and Tingguians alike. If you were one of those who are still dreaming of it, good luck, for it will never be happened until our different religions will apply BOLDNESS in transforming or renewing the mind of our coward and selfish electorate. If you’re a true Christian believer, you exactly understand what I am driving at. But if not, I encourage you to get any kind of religion and try to find out why you would become so confident that indeed change and progress would only happen if God feels your and your neighbors unwavering faith on Him. It’s not just you or your loved ones that need to become true believers but supposedly the majority of us in order that we will become more courageous of standing our grounds against these thief government officials (elected or non-elected esp. the DENR to mention a few) particularly from harassment that soften our knees to sell our precious votes during election times. If you already became one, please answer me: Isn’t true that wherever you go, whoever or whatever you are facing of, or no matter what your circumstances in life are, you feel so confident that no one would dare to hurt you because you know fully that someone is already watching you?

      Posted by malaguenia | December 7, 2013, 1:50 pm
      • I’m not a religious person but I am now inclined to believe that only Religion is only our remaining hope to UNITE us in fighting these evil forces of darkness. If we could produce from here rightful individuals that will govern us for the strict implementation of gold mining laws or any law of the land, why not? Therefore, we should start helping now the different religions in persuading our neighbors to join the indivisible forces of Christ if we want this “Change and Progress” to kick in during our watch. If not, we the present generation will be blamed again by the next generation for our inaction or selfishness to take action on this only remaining remedy we got. We just need 51% of true believers (not just lukewarm believers) for every Municipality to defeat these enemy of Christ. Surely, we could defeat them because it has been said over and over again that once you’ll become a true believer, you’ll be automatically equipped with Divine courage to face any scary face, whether they are terrorists, pags, politicians, or drug addicts. And the best part of it, you’ll be hardly hit with any financial and health problem or be less-pruned to any kind of trouble in life, unlike when you were still ignorant of the Wisdom of God nor totally surrender yet your life to Jesus Christ.
        We already tried different kinds of thief politicians, mighty military forces, untrusted judicial system, different organizations/clubs, and NPAs but none of them have worked in spite of the down-to-earth advocacy of our honest and god-fearing President to total eradication of corruption in all government agencies especially the DLG and DENR, to mention a few.
        So, what’s your decision now fellow Abrenians? Let’s give it a try, anyway we have nothing to lose but much to gain for the sake of our loved ones or our own bloodline generation? We already tried all earthly wisdom, but why not trying the wisdom from Above for once in our life, if it seems it’s the only way and no other way in a situation like what we are facing right now in the province?

        Posted by balikwat | December 7, 2013, 5:28 pm
    • in America no one will shoot the messenger but here in Abra we shoot the messenger including the boss of the mail man..we are not funny either moron…My health and envoronement is more important than fortune..anhin mo pa yang kabayo pagpatay ka na..leave us alone we dont need that mining .. do it somewhere else not in Lagangilang..we can survive without it..iibagam ken boss mo nga no saan na nga isardeng detoy..agayus ti ado a dara ta calaba

      Posted by Fred Villamor | December 10, 2013, 6:19 am
  5. Ha ha ha Eunife! Listen to yourself “….depending on the remittances of OFWs like me, then perhaps, you will never understand the need of “change” of the province!!”

    Su met la nga natured ka a nga mangipasagmak kadagiti tattao dita Abra ta awan ka met gayam dita. Abrenians are better than them – the experts? Sika man kabsat ti mapan ag-maingel nga mapan mang-puwersa kadagita min-minas nga mangaramid iti fool-proof a gold processing waste management. Siguraduem nga saan nga mangapektar iti karayan Abra ta ti gapuna ket dayta karayan Abra kabsat ti kakaisuna nga danum ti biyag ti Abra. Ngem haan nga bale kenka, mabalin mo nga palubosan nga madadael ta awanka met gayam dita! La, agawid ka ngarud ta ipakitam ti kina-bravom. Itugot mo amin nga pamilyam pay ta isuda ti I-expose mo kadagita dakes nga rugit nga aggapu iti minas. Inka pay ketdi bumisita idiay Mindanao ta kitaem ti kasasaad dagidiay nagmin-minasan da. La, inka pay bumaddek met dita Benguet ken Montanosa ta inka kitaen dagidiay sink holes. Inka kasao ngarud dagita dadakkel nga kumkumpanya nga multi-nasyonal ta inka siguraduen nga iyimplimentar da STRICTLY dagita kundisyon nga pagbil-bilibam. Wagwagem bassit ta ulom kabsat ta dayta la pannakabasam iti sao nga GOLD ket nabartekkan san!

    Posted by Alimatek | December 8, 2013, 12:57 am
    • Mayor abaya u believe you sana kaso corrupt ka din e . Hw could you imposed such mitigation to the worst possible destruction if small scale mining nga di naregulate ni takit. Scrap it kasi kaw lng at takit makinabang jan

      Posted by eric shawn | December 9, 2013, 4:55 am
  6. TO ALL ABRENIANS>>> MY FRIENDS:…

    The many people who have made comments on the TOPIC… “GOLD PROCESSING PLANT AT

    BARBARIT, LAGAGUILANG, ABRA”. aired a very diversified opinion on the subject. Some are for it and

    many are against the plant…. According to Mayor Patrocinio ABAYA, it wiil

    1. Increase jobs, income to the people.

    2. Increase revenue to the GOVERNMNENT.

    3. Limit illegal small scale mining.

    To be continued.

    Dr. Leo Tuason..

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 9, 2013, 8:29 am
  7. ISO ISODA LATTAN TI AG KOKONTES NGA MANGARAMID TI PAGKAKUARTA AN NEN NALPAS TA TAYUM LAGANGILANG MET NALPAS LAGANGILANG PENARUBIA MANEN..KASTA MET NI DEMONYO BANGUED PIDIGAN DANGLAS LA PAZ APAY ANYA DAYTOY ASENSO ABRA WENNO PARTAKAM TI AGTAKAW ABRA

    Posted by Romeo Wasay | December 9, 2013, 8:36 am
  8. DAKDAKEL TI DIDIGRA NGA ITED DAYTA MINING NGEM TAY MAYTED NA ITI TATTAO KEN GOBYERNO..APAY NGA PADASEN TAY PAYLAENG KET AMMO TAY MET AMIN TI EPEKTO NA NO DI KET LANGGONG DAGITOY MANGITURTURAY KANYATAYU NO DI KET TAY MATAKAW DALA TI KAYATDA..INKAY BISITA-EN ITI ILI TI BENGUET KEN ZAMBALES TA MAKITA YO TAY NAMSA AKAN TA MINAHAN NO ADDA PAY SERBI TA AGRICULTURA KEN SALUN AT TI TATTAO..TI RIGAT NA NGAMIN KET URAY AMMO TAYU TAY EPEKTONA AGINDIDI AMMO TAYU BASTA PANGWARTA ANEN ITI PAG PAPATANGANEN..ADDA ADAL TOY ITORAYAN YON APO SAANEN NGA MOTALLENGEN

    Posted by Romeo Wasay | December 9, 2013, 8:52 am
    • ti ammok ken malagip ko idi nga insuro daydi mestra loring ket probincia dagitoy benguet ken zambales kabsat nga romeo wasay.ken maysa dagitoy nga lugar tatta ket asenso da gapo ta ammo da nga binirok ti pagbiagan.adu dagiti pamusposan tapno saan nga maisakripisio ti nakaparsuaan.ngem no ipaanod da dagita rugit da ay ket siak ti umuna nga agreklamon ta ditoy karayan calaba nga ayan ko ket maapektaran.

      Posted by maria karamot | December 11, 2013, 6:06 pm
  9. ditoy tayo a makitan ti kinatao ni apo mayor PAT ABUAYA !! awan met gayam pay laeng ti permit ti DENR apay ngarud nga inikkan na ti permit? diak maawatan ! ala man eric shawn,sipatem man ti pispis ko ti mamitlo,bareng maawatak ton no makulog toy utek ko !

    Posted by pagalsem | December 11, 2013, 8:17 pm
    • Get a copy of the mayors permit kasuhan natin yan si pat abuaya sa ombudsman meanwhile lets seek writ of amparo at the sc. am sure the vg chari will help us

      Posted by eric shawn | December 12, 2013, 6:22 am
      • The lesson of Philex Mining is there for all to see. Philex Mining which was acquired by the group of Manny Pangilinan was fined one billion pesos by the government for the damage to the environment it caused. It was further ordered to shoulder all the expenses of cleaning its mess. After almost a year, the management of Philex Mining reported that it had complied with all the requirements. Not so, as reported by Ted Failon in his program “Failon Ngayon”. Footages taken after the supposed clean-up showed a vast wasteland. People living around the area have lost their livelihood because of the destruction wrought by Philex Mining. The people of Lagangilang are up in arms against this project. Their very lives are at stake. Mayor Abaya sees everything in pesos and centavos, oblivious of the fact that mining has only enriched the company and the approving authority. Little does he care if his constituents are affected negatively. In his haste, he even forgot to check if the company had the necessary clearance and permit from the DENR. It reinforces the Filipino adage, “Sa kinang ng salapi, pusa man ay napapasayaw”.

        Posted by PEDRO ABRENO | December 12, 2013, 3:34 pm
        • Can we do something to stop Mayor Buaya and cohorts in “raping” Abra river? Let me know, I am with any group that opposes this “crime” to our province and eventually Ilocos Sur via Banawang. The time is now to act no matter how.

          Posted by Genti | December 15, 2013, 7:18 pm
      • Correction to the writ of amparo it shld be writ of kalikasan

        Posted by eric shawn | December 12, 2013, 8:47 pm
  10. Eric Shawn, Very unlikely brod that we can get help from people you mentioned. Mayor Abaya is the cousin of Gov. Takit, DESPUES, he is a cousin, as well of Associate SCJustice Bersamin and an uncle of VG Chari.

    Posted by Pete Padua | December 12, 2013, 6:16 pm
  11. A full report has just been released by the World Gold Council this year – highlighting details of RESPONSIBLE MINING to support sustainable socio-economic development particularly in host nations. The report which covers 28 countries provides a global quantitative assessment of value distribution associated with gold mining and profiles. As of 2011, the Philippines was 18th in world production ranking (according to Thomson Reuters GFMS), producing 37.1 tonnes or 1.32% of world production (worth some $1,874,512,356.). AND YET, the WORLD GOLD COUNCIL REPORT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE PHILIPPINES. As if that isn’t enough hint of the contemptible condescension the international mining world regards the Philippine government with; a thing which it willingly accepts – the government imposes a measly 2% royalty of mining companies’ gross earnings. It is a disgraceful give away of resources. Worse, the very nature of the operation is criminally divesting the local people of their livelihood, environment and their future. But the government as a body is oblivious. It is unaffected as long as relevant officials who form the parts of the whole machinery get their individual greasing. It is no wonder, the Philippines is a haven for crooks, fly-by-night operations and inconsiderate multinational corporations – the government tolerates them and feeds their conceit.
    Health and Safety standards of mining and gold processing in the Philippines are either non-existent. Or they are in the line of ‘hit-and-miss. ‘Suntok sa buwan’ or come-what-may. The principle of having a set of such standards is tied in with the value that we pin on human life against that which we pin on material wealth. Too sadly, we are drawn more to the eye- dazzling end of the stick. Gold dazes, at the expense of all else.

    Posted by N. Hennessy | December 12, 2013, 8:54 pm
  12. I’m very sorry, if I have violated the protocol, “rule of engagement’…. my last entry was denied.

    Dr. Leo.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 14, 2013, 4:41 am
  13. Kasano ti kinaranggas daytoy nga pagkuartaan dagiti awan konsensiyana nga politiko ken negosyante? Appo nga “inosente” nga tattao, daytoy panag-proseso iti balitok ket karaman ti panagaramatda iti cyanide ken dadduma pay nga makasabidong nga kemikal tapnon mapagsinada ti balitok ken daga. Dagitoy nga kemikal ket saanda met ngarud nga “tilmonen” no di ket “ibukbuk” da ket dagitoy ket agsepen ti daga ket no agtudo. maiyayus ti aglawlaw nga karamanan ti taltalon ken karayan. Paggapuan ti inumen nga danum? Anian to pay ngata ti aglangoy iti karayan Abra? Isardeng ti panag-proseso ti balitok iti Lagangilang no kayat tayo nga adda pay mabati nga nasalun-at nga pagbiagan ti kaaduan nga taga-Abra.
    Ania ngata no mapapigsa ti puwersa ti NPA tapnon adda “mangdungpar” kadagitoy karuprupa ti kuarta nga agkakasinsin ken agkakabagyan, Gob Takit, Bise Gob, Mayor Abuaya, ken dadduma pay.

    Posted by Genti | December 15, 2013, 3:50 pm
    • No minas iti pagpapatangan iparangarang na iti pannakaperdi iti aglawlaw. Nia iti maibagayo iti daytoy naipalgak itay lang nabiit nga panggep ti China nga agminas idiay bulan? Wen, idiay bulan nga mismo. Adu kanu iti minirales idiay nga mabalin nga usaren para enerhia.

      Posted by naeling | December 17, 2013, 7:52 pm
  14. FELLOW ABRENIANS…

    I was asked by SYSOP ( Architect of the Abrenian .com Website) to comment on the upcoming

    PROCESSING MINING PLANT located in Barbarit, Langanguilang, ABRA. SYSOP encouraged me to write

    an article on what I know about this subject.

    Before I’ll share my opinion with my Kababayans. Allow me to print this adage or phrase….

    ” PROTECTING OUR HERITAGE BY PRESERVING OUR PAST”

    Every thing that I have written on the ABRENIAN.COM website ever since its inception in 2002, are all

    about “THE BETTERMENT OF ABRA” are based on the above simple phrase…. some of the ARTICLES I

    have written were …

    1. In 2002, I wrote an article “THE CASE OF ‘FISH -KILL’ IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF TUB0, ABRA.”

    the burning issue at the time. I presented the article in the form of ‘ make-believed’ interchange

    of conversations between students of the same age group from different communities of ABRA

    so that the young ones or ‘Agtutobo’ could easily understand.

    To be continued.

    Dr. Leo.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 16, 2013, 8:29 am
  15. CONTINUM / ADDENDUM::::

    SYSOP, I must inform ABRENIANS especially the young ones / agtutobo how beautiful and unique the

    province of ABRA is…. TOPOGRAPHY wise .>>>

    ABRA was listed as ILOCOS province together with the provinces of ILOCOS NORTE and ILOCOC SUR.

    Comparing the three Ilocos Provinces …..area by square kilometer.

    >>> ABRA ……… …………… 3,975.6 sq. km.

    >>> ILOCOS NORTE ….. 3,399.3 sq. km.

    >>> ILOCOS SUR ………. 2,579.6 sq. km.

    ABRA is a ‘landlocked’ province bounded in the WEST boundary by in the north Ilocos Norte, to the south

    Ilocos Sur, bounded in the EAST by PROVINCE OF APAYAO in the north and MOUNTAIN . PROVINCE to

    he south.

    The TOPOGRAPICAL location OF ABRA, in relation to SEA LEVEL , its elevation is some what related to the

    elevations of the other CORDILLERA PROVINCES of APAYAO, IFUGAO, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, KALINGA,

    BENGUET, Thus, in the 1980’s ….. Abra was annexed to the CORDILLERA PROVINCES now called (C AR)

    .CODILLERA AUTONOMOUS REGION.

    To be continued.

    Dr. Leo.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 17, 2013, 6:21 am
  16. CONTINUM / ADDENDUM….

    It is of interest to know that the mountain ranges which made ABRA land-locked was created by

    cataclysmic and tectonic structural rearrangement of the Island Archelago the Philippines EXPOSED

    THREE HIGH RUGGED CORDILLERA MOUNTAIN RANGES AT THE LONGITUDINAL MID-AXIS OF LUZON.

    The cordillera mountains include three parallel mountain ranges:…

    >>>1. The Malayan or ILOCOS RANGE, WESTERN CARABALLO THE EXTREME WEST THAT

    SEPARATES ABRA FROM ILOCOS NORTE IN THE NORTHERN REGION; THEREAFTER THE MOUNTAIN

    RANGE CONTINUES SOUTH TO FORM MT. BULLAGAO NORTH WITH A peak OF 1120 METERS. AND MT.

    BULLAGAO SOUTH WITH A PEAK OF II04 METERS. The mountain range TAPERS down to Mt. Tetas

    de Santa where the ABRA RIVER cuts a huge ‘gorge or GAP at BANAOANG, ILOCOS SUR to exit

    into the CHINA SEA. (in SPANISH meaning “ABRA”) then called ” ABRA DE VIGAN”.

    To be continued:….

    Dr. Leo.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 17, 2013, 9:53 am
  17. HAIL Abrenians! At the outset I would say enough is enough of all these malarkey. It is now time for action rather than too much gooble dy gook! The worst historic catastrophe is just about over and I hope it served as a wake-up call to our beholden-powers-that be. Hopefully they would get down to their knees and ask for remission of all the wrongdoings and abuses they had done to our people in particular and to our country in general. Super typhoon Yolanda has sent a clear message to one and all Filipinos and a profound challenge for all of us to embrace a life rooted more fully in the example and Teachings of Jesus Christ.

    COME fellow Abrenians – let us band together as a cohesive group and start a crusade in the midst of all these complexities and eccentricities in our present governance. Let us forget the old adage “The pen is mightier than the sword” because we are now in a modern world of cutting edge technology ans social media. This is now the time to RISE as one SOLID reborn Abrenians who will start picking up the pieces and rebuild a NEW Abra premised on strong leadership of discipline, compassion, humility, and transparency. Will somebody come up now and get started? Someone with a formidable character or Divine courage to do what is good, what is true, what is noble, and what is right – a leader who can be the-best-version-of-himself. This, in a nutshell is a true definition of a strong leader who no doubt will catapult Abra to greatness!

    Posted by balikwat | December 17, 2013, 5:14 pm
    • mayatak ti kapanunutam gayyem BALIKWAT ngem umanay kadi ti TURED laeng tapno intay sumaranget kadaguitoy mangidadanes a tat tao? saan tayo a kabaelan a parmeken ida babaen ti ngiwat wenno pluma laeng a kas kinunam. wen agpayso nga ad adu ti marigrigat ngem awanan da met ti igam ken kuarta. mabilbilang daguitoy nga demonyo a makalaban tayo ngem addaan da met ti naan anay nga igam ken kinabaknang ! ania ngarud ti banagen tayo BALIKWAT?
      no kayat tayo nga adbaliw ti abra,KUMBINSIREN tayo ni FR NILO PEIG nga agtaray a kas gobernador ngem kasano ngarud ta URAY mayat,ket padak met nga AWAN KUARTA na, MANGABAK TAYO ngarud?

      Posted by pagalsem | December 17, 2013, 10:38 pm
  18. ERIC / SYSOP:….

    I must continue describing the unique attributes of the province of ABRA which shall include the high-rugged

    mountain ranges in the EAST side of ABRA formed by other members of CAR provinces that constitutes

    the majestic high CORDILLERA CENTRAL mountain ranges that completes land-locking the province of

    ABRA. In the NORTH is APAYAO province, moving SOUTH is KALINGA and MOUNTAIN PROVINCE

    provinces.

    To be continued:

    Dr. Leo.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 18, 2013, 5:36 am
  19. CONTINUM / ADDENDUM:…

    MT. MUJI (1153 m. peak ) a part of APAYAO a high mountain that separates it from ABRA forms the northern

    boundary of the latter. The Mountain ranges MT. WALA (1114 m. peak ), MT SANDIG (1299 m. peak) , MT.

    MACOPA ( 1595 m. peak ) and MT. PULAGO ( 1864 m. peak) are all parts of the province of KALINGA that

    creates the CENTRAL CORDILLERA MOUNTAIN RANGES including the high mountains of MT. MANMANOC

    (2022 m. peak), MT. BUAGAN (1771 m. peak ), MT. TICMO (1826 m. peak ) ,

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 19, 2013, 4:02 pm
  20. CONTINUM:…

    MT. BALUTICTIC (1864 m. peak), BALAIT (2200 m. peak), SAPOCOY (2456 m. peak), MAUBAN (2394 m.

    peak). The majestic height of the mountain ranges of MT. PROVINCE completes the “land-locking” of ABRA.

    Here, at “SEA-LEVEL” each of these mountain has the elevation…. BANGBANGLANG (2464 m. peak), m.

    MT. MENGMENG (2263 m. peak ), and MT. CAMINGINES (2359 m. peak) .

    At this point on the RIO GRANDE DE ABRA and its tributaries completes the unique attributes of the

    province of ABRA.

    SYSOP, THE GRANDEUR AND UNIQUENESS of ABRA includes the mountain ranges that

    surrounds “LAND-LOCKED ” it and its rivers, the ABRA RIVER and tributaries.

    The ABRA RIVER has ITS ORIGIN / source in the high mountain of Mt, Data in the province of

    BENGUET having an elevation of 231O m. The ‘HEAD-WATER’ source collects as it run down, surface

    spring water from the mountainsides descends down into the municipality of Mankayan where the river attains

    the name MANKAYAN RIVER.

    To be continued:…

    Dr. Leo.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 20, 2013, 6:56 am
  21. ADDENDUM:…

    As the RIVER descends down the mountainside, it traverses several municipalities of BENGUET AND MT.

    PROVINCE. Several kilometers down stream as it enters the southern tip of ILOCOS SUR, the SAYOC

    RIVER receiving surface water from the mountainsides of south-west of Mankayan mountain ranges and

    comes confluent with MANKAYAN RIVER, thus forming a massive formidable body of water which the local

    people would identify as the beginning of the mighty SPANISH “RIO GRANDE DE ABRA”.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 22, 2013, 6:27 am
  22. ADDENDUM:….

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 22, 2013, 6:30 am
  23. ADDENDUM:…

    The gold and copper mine tunnel entrances of the LEPANTO MINING CO. located on both sides of Mankayan

    mountain range. The north side of the mountain range is drained by the MANKAYAN RIVER, whereas the

    . south side is drained by the SAYOC RIVER.

    The ABRA RIVER at this point courses northward where it’s joined by tributaries the DICAPEN RIVER draining

    the west side of the CORDILLLERAS from the municipalities of BAUKO and KAYAN. The BALASIAN RIVER

    receives surface water from BESAO and SAGADA, both municipalities of MT. PROVINCE.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 24, 2013, 8:03 am
  24. ADDENDUM:…

    From here the RIVER enters three municipalities of ILOCOS SUR…. namely, CERVANTES QUIRINO and SAN

    EMILIO. The municipality of TUBO, the southern most region of ABRA is reached by the river in the EAST

    while in the west of the river is the municipality of TIEMPO. A short distance to the west is municipality of

    LUBA. This area is drained by tributaries of DAMANIL and MASIOSO both are low volume water -ways during

    summer time. Both these tributaries catches the surface water from creeks and streams of Mt. BANUD an MT,

    POSOY, the highest peak mountain range in this region of ABRA. The two river tributaries joins the ABRA

    RIVER after the municipality of LUBA.

    .

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 25, 2013, 3:31 am
  25. ADDENDUM:….

    The downward flow to the north of the ABRA RIVER gain momentum as it reaches the municipality of

    MANABO and here the RIVER IKMIN becomes confluent with the ABRA RIVER draining the surface waters

    from creeks and springs of the municipalities of DANAC and BOLINAY. The BUCLOC RIVER also a tributary of

    the ABRA RIVER coming from the east, collects the surface water from spring / creeks from the high mountains of

    DAGIOMAN and BUCLOC.

    From MANABO, the ABRA RIVER flows through the center of the province and passing the municipality of

    BUCAY founded in 1847, which became the first capital ABRA.. Before the main flow of the ABRA RIVER, it

    reaches the municipality of LANGANGILANG and is joined by BAAY and BOAZ RIVERS from the east turning

    the water-ways huge ABRA RIVER taking a westward route, passing underneath a bridge built in the early

    1960’s in honor of MARIANO MARCOS, father of PRES. FERDINAND MARCOS a project initiated by ABRA

    Congressman CARMELO BARBERO.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 25, 2013, 4:27 am
  26. ADDENDUM:…

    The TINEG RIVER joins the ABRA RIVER in the municipality of TAYUM at barangay GADDANY.

    Here the water-ways becomes massive in volume’. TINEG RIVER has its source traceable to the high mountain

    of the CENTRAL CORDILLERAS where surface water and spring water from mountain peaks of MT POLAGO.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 25, 2013, 9:35 am
    • I did trace the sources of water of the Rio Grande de Abra (Great Abra River) about a month ago through the goggle earth and it has been described in full detail by this fellow good Abreño-American MD. He knows very well our place of birth. To tell you honestly, Dr. Leo Tuason is a cousin of Taquit Bersamin. I know him but he knows me naught. He is just describing the sources of water of the Abra River which comes from the different water-ways and springs from the different mountain sources of the cordilleras. I have a sense that he also knows very well the great ill-effects of gold mining more than it can contribute to the economy of a certain place.

      Posted by MOKONG | December 26, 2013, 10:45 pm
  27. MY REPLY TO MOKONG’S COMMENT:….

    My previous posting were aimed to all ABRENIANS specially to the young-ones. I want to inform them the

    many magnificent attributes … uniqueness and beauty the ALMIGHTY has bestowed to the province of ABRA.

    Toward the end of my dissertation, I shall attempt to discuss the TOPIC ”GOLD PROCESSING PLANT AT

    BARANGAY BARBARIT, LANGAGUILANG,ABRA”.

    Allow me to continue …. Mt. PULAGO has peak of 1827 m, , Mt. MACOPA ( 1595 m. peak), MT. SANDIG

    (1299 m. peak), TINEG RIVER, before it passes the municipalities of TINEG and LANEC and the nearby

    municipalities of BUNEG AND LACUB , all these four municipalities are MINING AREAS OF THE

    PROVINCE. THE SPRING AND SURFACE WATERS draining into this RIVER comes from MT. MANAGO

    (1595 m peak), MT.BUMALAYAK (1566 m peak , MT. TUMALPOC (1589 m peak) , and MT. TALAMPOC

    (1321 m. peak).

    FOLKS , I must add that TINEG RIVER AND MALANAS RIVER which carries SURFACE WATER/ SPRING

    WATERS from MT. TICMO (1826 Mm peak), MT. MADOKAY 91443 m peak), and MT. PULTOC (1565 m

    peak).. BOTH OF THESE RIVERS ARE THE ‘SPAWNING GROUNDS OF THE ‘”FISH LUDONG”, the fish

    ICON of ABRA. BOTH TINEG an MALANAS RIVERS HAVE THEIR SOURCES from the high mountains of

    the CORDILLERS.. the water-ways being clear, crystal clean and fresh.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 27, 2013, 8:40 am
  28. ADDENDUM:…

    SYSOP, many ABRENIAN .com posters , namely>>>>EUNIFE, ERIC SHAWN, NAILING, PAGALSEM,

    COMLI2013, MALAGUENIA, FRED VILLAMOR, ROMEO WASAY, MARIA KARAMOT, MAKONG, JENTI.

    I’m certain that these distinguished people/ posters have some thing to contribute as to what INDUSTRIES the

    province must have without JEOPERDIZING or COMPROMISING the NATURAL INTEGRITY OF THE

    LANDS, and RIVERS, also without contributing to the EXTINCTION OF ABRA’S FISH ICON ‘LUDONG’.

    IN the USA , both industries >>>> MINING AND LOGGING are considered the most destructive industries,

    many STATES HAVE BANNED THESE TWO INDUSTRIES because in some ways it interferes with the

    MIGRATION of FISH SALMON/ TROUT in the rivers.,

    FELLOW ABRENIANS WOULD LIKE HEAR FROM THESE ABOVE PEOPLE

    DR. LEO.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 29, 2013, 2:29 am
    • This Dissertation of Dr. Leo Tuazon gives us an insight of the richness of Abra environment. Way back in the early 70’s, the Abra river is a symbol of the Abrenian civilization where the lives of the people are hugely connected to this clean and life full river. After a while, as I grew older the purity of the river seams fading. The next generation would certainly throw invectives to us if we cannot do anything by this time to protect our natural resources from imminent obliteration. Mining has a say on the poignant decay of the Abra river of course. Dr. Tuazon asked on what else can we offer as alternative industries in the province. Abra is basically a tobacco producer. Pagayam Tagamasid made a discourse on the problems besetting tobacco growers in the province which is basically a sort of profit imbalance. Abra is an agricultural province just like our neighbors Ilocos Provinces. The only difference is that, Ilocos Provinces has active research institutions as the center of agricultural programs and development. The MMSU in Batac for example plays a very important rule in the agro-economy of the province of Ilocos Norte. I am wondering on what is the scope of our State College here in Abra in terms developing agriculture in the province. I didn’t see any agriculturist assisting our farmers to be more productive in their farm works, or any developmental research being implemented. If our Provincial Government together with ASIST, DA, DOST and NGOs perhaps will meet at one point to see the opportunities our province have on agricultural development and its related industries as output would answer the question of Dr. Leo Tuazon.

      Posted by naeling | January 1, 2014, 8:45 pm
  29. ADDENDUM:…

    Correction>>> FELLOW ABRENIANS WOUD LIKE TO KNOW FROM THESE ABOVE PEOPLE…..

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 29, 2013, 6:47 am
  30. TO MOKONG;…

    I MUST ADD THIS TO YOUR STATEMENT..>>>> YES, I’m a BERSAMIN. first cousin of the late GOVERNOR

    DR. LUIS BERSAMIN F. BERSAMIN, father of GOV. TAKIT. PROUD I MUST SAY THAT I HAVE SEEN

    MANY PLACES OF THE PROVINCE OF ABRA in the 1950’s and have witnessed the many beauty and

    grandeur of the province>>> mountain ranges, rivers and tributaries when brother MOISES took me along

    with him looking for timber to harvest. (brother MOISES was LEGALLY a TIMBER CONCESSIONNAIRE

    licensed by the BUREAU OF FORESTRY).

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | December 31, 2013, 2:49 am
  31. ADDENDUM:..

    EUNIFE, apparently is for the GOLD PLANT at Barbarit, Lagaguilang Project. He said, that “MINING

    INDUSTRY” brings about PROSPERITY to the people and the province as a whole.

    THE MINING INDUSTRY will ……

    >>>>1. Increase the INCOME of the people.

    >>>>2. Increase GOVERNMENT REVENUE.

    AT WHAT COST???

    >>>>1. THE DESTRUCTION OF THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE PROVINCE……

    a) Mountain ranges being mined TO BRING OUT ITS MANY HIDDEN MYSTERY OF VALUBLE

    Mineral ores, like , GOLD, COPPER, NICKLE, etc.

    TO BRING OUT THESE VALUBLE MINERALS… THE ORES or SEVERAL TONS OF DIRT FROM

    DOWN DEEP IS BROUGHT OUT TO THE SURFACE TO BE PROCESSED ….. that is , STONES

    ARE POVURIZED TO THE SIZE OF SAND, then filed-up and sprayed with LIQUID CYANIDE ….

    the process causes the GOLD TO APPEAR. SEVERAL METALS OR VALUBLE MINERAL ARE

    SEPARATED BY the process of Electron Transport.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 1, 2014, 9:15 am
  32. ADDENDUM:…..

    ELECTRON TRANSPORT USING THE PROCESS OF “ELECTROLYSIS” IS ALSO CALLED ”

    ELECTRO=METALARGY” AN ART OF DEPOSITING METALS LIKE GOLD, SILVER OR COPPER,
    .
    etc.. FROM OF THEIR SALTS FORMS BY ELCTRICAL MEANS THE PROCESS IS CALLED ELECTROLYSIS.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 1, 2014, 2:28 pm
  33. TO NAELING:…

    SIR, YOU ARE IN FAVOR of Agriculture as an ALTERNATIVE to MINING/ LOGGING that could

    promote progress/ prosperity to the province…

    MAY I REMIND YOU NAELING that ABRA is not BLESSED with CULTIVATABLE LAND (prepared for crop

    growing) but instead the ALMIGHTY has provided the province mountainous areas that prevented the

    SPANISH CONQUISTADORES to ADVANCE upland to propagate the CHRISTIAN FAITH.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 2, 2014, 6:12 am
  34. ADDENDUM:..

    The province of ABRA is no -longer a member of the ILOCOS provinces. It was in the ILOCOS together with

    ILOCOS NORTE and ILOCOS SUR during the Spanish and the American RULES ABRA was ANNEXED to

    the cordillera provinces IN 1980’s and made it as member of the CORDILLERA AUTONOMOUS REGION

    (CAR). consisting the provinces of APAYAO , KALINGA, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE, IFUGAO and BENGUET.

    What is common with these provinces is all are mountainous regions, parts of the CORDILLERAS…..

    The government listed the following MAJOR INDUSTRIES>>> Textiles & Garments;.. Handicrafts, Furnitures.

    and Mining. Major Crops Grown: palay, corn, banana, coconut.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 3, 2014, 8:51 am
  35. TO NAELING:…

    SIR, thank you for giving us your insight in the subject, you said ….. AGRICULTURE as alternative to MINING

    to create prosperity to the ABRENIANS and to the entire PROVINCE.

    In the years 1960 – 1970’s , the tobacco industry promoted by three provinces…. ILOCOS NORTE, ILOCOS

    SUR, ABRA… became a failure in the late 1970’s because ‘CURING’ of tobacco leaves in an enclosed building

    requiries heat from burning wood…. the source of wood was cut timber of ABRA!!! .

    There was so much ILLEGAL CUTTING OF TIMBER IN THE PROVINCE OF ABRA that practically caused

    denuding a large area of the province.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 3, 2014, 10:26 am
    • Dr. Tuazon sir, fundamental to any developmental program is research. When I mentioned that Abra is basically an agricultural province it encapsulates forestry. The Abra State Institute of Technology should adhere to its name to be the prime institution in the province to advance agricultural and forestry development through scientific research. Initially, the institution has a research linkage with PhilRice. This should metamorphose into a more dynamic research center for agricultural and forestry development in the province. Cooperative endeavors with the National / Provincial Government, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, DTI and the likes is also a necessary. The problems of mismanagement on our resources mentioned in this thread are historical facts. Research program of ASIST should include all these and through its recommendations, these things can be handled properly. Local laws can be enacted also for the smooth implementations of programs. However, as I see it, the leaderships of these institutions mentioned were not active enough to do what they supposed to do.

      Posted by naeling | January 5, 2014, 6:02 pm
  36. SYSOP::..

    Our POSTERS presents their views in so many different ways…

    >>>EUNIFE–wants us to see his way,,, HE FAVORS ‘MINING’ so as to attract investors and not to
    push them away.

    >>>ERIC SHAWN — advocates SMALL SCALE MINING but does not mention if miners are allowed
    to use MERCURY or CYANIDE in the gold extraction.

    >>>PALAKOPAC — does not approve “MINING”, he is worried about WASTE FROM MINING PROCESS
    TREATED or NOT WHERE WILL IT BE DISCHARGED>>>.INTO THE RIVER!!!

    >>>ZIRBINGUENZA–is concerned on the proper adherence on the GUIDE-LINES THAT THE MINING CO.
    must follow, LEST THE NATIVES PEOPLE WLLL S UFFER.

    >>>JANNO PUGI-IT–relates the effect of LEPANTO MINING CO. in BENGUET PROVINCE ON THE ABRA
    RIVER, its effect on the indigenous fishes like BUNOG, PALLILENG and irrigation on rice fields.

    >>>FRED VILLAMOR–his vision of ‘ado a dara agayus dita CALABA’ if mining resume function.

    BALIKWAT>>PAGALSEM>>GENTI>>PETE PADUA>>PEDRO ABRENIO, ALIMATEC>>and>>>COMLI2013.

    NONE OF THEM HAVE PROPOSED “ALTERNATIVE INDUSTRIES” TO MINING TO ACHIEVE
    PROSPERITY TO THE PROVINCE.

    ABRENIANS AWAITING FOR POSTERS OPINIONS.

    .

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 5, 2014, 6:17 am
  37. NAELING:…

    YOUR STATEMENT ” ABRA IS BASICALLY AN AGRICULTURE PROVINCE”. in my mind does not

    conform with agricultural provinces would have….fields suitable for agriculture that is raising crops, like palay,

    (rice, cereal) corn, banana, sugarcane… lands that can be planted yearly crops.

    Provinces in CENTRAL LUZON, like TARLAC, PAMPANGA BULACAN would be called AGRICULTURAL

    PROVINCES.

    SIR, ABRA was erroneously included during the Spanish and American rules listed with the Ilocos

    provinces of ILOCOS NORTE and ILOCOS SUR, these Ilocos provinces are considered agricultural

    provinces.

    NAELING, ABRA is a mountainous region part of the CORDILLERAS… so that in the 1980’s it was annexed

    to the – CORDILLERA AUTONOMOUS REGION (CAR)..

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 6, 2014, 6:24 am
  38. NAELING:…

    SIR, I’m not familiar with the ABRA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. Is it a GOVERNMENT FUNDED

    INSTITUTION? Is it related to the NATIONAL PHIL-RICE RESEARCH PROGRAM?

    He is concerned on the mismanagement of our NATIONAL RESOURCES.

    Research Center initiative related to agricultural and forestry development in the province, involving the National

    and Provincial Government, Dept. of Science and Technology, Dept. of Agriculture, DTI.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 6, 2014, 11:33 am
    • Dr. Leo sir, ASIST is a state run college. Mariano Marcos State University in Batac Ilocos Norte is the center of agricultural researches in the province of Ilocos Norte, University of the Philippines Los Banos Campus is the national research center where new technologies in agriculture are formulated. Countries like Vietnam, Thailand and others were benefited from its researches. Ironically, these countries who learned the craft from us are now our suppliers of rice. Abra State Institute of Science and Technology should adhere to its institutional mandate to study what is best for Abra’s agriculture and forest. From here we can formulate industries innate to the province natural resources. However, as I have said, cooperative endeavors with like-kind government agencies is necessary for such project to proceed.

      Posted by naeling | January 6, 2014, 9:13 pm
  39. NAELING:…

    SIR, thank you for the information you shared with us. My understanding is that ASIST is a center of agricultural

    research for ABRA, while MMSU is for the province of Ilocos Norte. Both universities… ASIST and MMSU

    are “extension ” units of the UPLB campus NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER (NRC).

    NAELING, what I I don’t get is that the province of ABRA was included in the research .

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 7, 2014, 7:02 am
  40. ALTERNATIVE INDUSTRIES in lieu of Mining?
    Dr. Tuazon, think for a moment if who are those government agencies entrusted with tax payers money or billion of pesos for the social-economic development of our province? We tax payers need not to think for them anymore on how they would use their respective fund for the Department of Budget and Commission on Audit would not release or approve any fund unless their alleged projects were not geared towards the achievement of prosperity in the province. Take the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) for example. What are the different industries they are presently implementing in the province or the Department of Agriculture in justification of their allotted funds? What about the DENR where mining and forestry department are tasked to protect our forest resources but doing the opposite way? We had been victimized with the dreadful effects of global warming/climate change or forest denudation that took thousands of people lives and still counting on the years ahead but they are still thinking on how to aggravate further our dilemma in the guise of prosperity through mining exploration and irresponsible logging. I could burst out for more, but I want the good doctor first to conduct a research to these different government agencies and share with us what he could find out with regards to their developmental plans for the prosperity of the province. If there’s none, then I’m more than obliged to share with him….with regards of what he is asking for.

    Posted by balikwat | January 7, 2014, 2:59 pm
  41. KABABAYANS:…

    Both NAELING and BALIKWAT are TRUE ABRENEOS… THEY ARE CONCERNED WITH THE RIGHT

    INDUSTRIES THAT SHOULD BE IN THE PROVINCE TO PRODUCE PROPERITY.

    In my assessment of the situation is that the GOVERNMENT agencies that are to FORMULATE THE SOCIO-

    ECONOMIC STATUS OF THE PROVINCE (that is, to set the right…. “Industry” for the province). are

    people who are employed in the DEPARTMENTS could come from regions considered AGRICULTURAL

    PROVINCES, people from region III, or people from NCR. These people in the different agencies have

    the ‘wrong notion’ that ABRA was still with the ILOCOS provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos SUR and not

    a member of (CAR) CORDILLERA AUTONOMOUS REGION.

    The GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE>>> DEPT. BUDGET AND COMMISSION AUDIT (DBCA), DEPT. of

    AGRICULTURE (DOA), DEPT. ENVIROMENTAL NATURAL RESOURCHES (DENR).

    IN MY HONEST OPINION, the “INDUSTRY” BEST for certain province must be based on

    the “TOPHOGRAPY” of the province being analyzed. Let us analyzed ABRA>>>> being a member province

    of CAR. This would be how I proceed to entice people to participate in the discussion….

    >>>>>>>WANTED >>>>>>WANTED >>>>>WANTED:::::::WANTED <<<<<<WANTED <<<<<WANTED <<<<<>>==<<< INDUSTRY

    ……………………..THAT PRODUCES PROSPERITY TO THE PROVINCE OF ABRA BY

    ………………………………….1. CREATING MORE JOBS and INCREASE INCOME.

    ………………………………….2. INCREASE GOVERNMENT (National and Local) REVENUE.

    …………………….WITHOUT CAUSING POLLUTION AND SILTATION OF THE RIO GRANDED DE ABRA.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 8, 2014, 12:22 pm
    • What I believe to be a productive and doable produce that is suitable for ABRA is BAMBOO FARMING. From the onset to the last straw of bamboo is money producer for the farmers. This bamboo farming should be supported by every govt and civilian agencies. Dr. Tuazon, Gov, Mayor Buaya and other “miners”, please consider bamboo farmin as it creates more jobs, increase income, increase govt revenue (for politicians to steal?), stops and help in the elimination of air, water, and soil pollution, and most of all, will lessen the siltation of the rio granded de Abra.

      Posted by Genti | February 13, 2014, 3:37 pm
  42. agriing kayo taga abra. daytoy gold processing jay barbarit lagangilang ti mangpatay kadatayo a tattao haan laeng a lames ti karayan animal a kas kalding ken baka. pagtunawan ti awag da ti kastoy jay benguet. chemicals a kas ti mercury, cyanide ken napipigsa a makasabidong ti usaren da. nu agtudo agayos ti karayan, matay daguiti lames, matay daguiti animal matay pati tattao ta agsepen met ti daga daguitoy a sabidong. ammo yo kadi nga awan ti lames daguiti amin a karayan nga aggapu ti Baguio ken Benguet?

    Posted by Lalakini Doctora | January 9, 2014, 9:21 pm
  43. MADAME LALAKINI DOCTORA:….

    Your article fascinates me>>> I gathered from you that you are not from ABRA and yet you are against the

    establishment of the GOLD processing. You implied the similarity of this BABARIT GOLD PROCESSING

    PLANT to BENGUET GOLD PLANT (meaning Lepanto Mining Company) using chemical like MERCURY

    and CYANIDE to the detriment of those who uses the water from the ABRA RIVER , domestic animals like

    goats, and even humans; causing death to marine life….FISH-KILL.

    MADAME LALAKINI DOCTORA, may I know where you are from? What province?

    PLEASE , stay in this Web-site thread.

    DR. LEO TUASON.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 10, 2014, 2:01 am
  44. FOLKS;….

    The different GOVERNMENT agencies,…. offered “INDUSTRIES” for ABRA.

    1. DENR Dept. of Environmental NATURAL RESOURCES. offered nothing…. or probably MINING.

    2. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE…. PROBABLY offered ‘AGRICULTURE’ as “INDUSTRY’ for ABRA.

    3. NEDA NATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION HAS MANY OFFERS….

    >>>WHAT ARE THEY?

    Dr. Leo.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 10, 2014, 10:29 am
  45. If not even one worker from NEDA and other government agencies tasked to create livelihood programs/projects in the province shows up here and mention even just one project (industry), it means their accomplishment Records as duly justified by the COA as true and correct were all just in papers. In other words, they are non-existing projects/industries backed up by beautiful pictures taken from other places or abroad. See, do you think that only the thief politicians know how to devour our hard-earned tax money?

    Posted by balikwat | January 14, 2014, 1:43 pm
  46. I just want to remind these government agencies that further exploitation of our natural resources is not the last resort for economic survival. The entire Abra has been declared as Forest Reserve through Presidential Decree, meaning you can’t touch it without Presidential amendment. Exploration or utilization of its minor forest products such as rattan, bamboos, etc. is exempted but not the major operation like mining and logging. Since it looks like that we are devoid of water/sea resources, vast agricultural resources, and other resources which other provinces has, I think the only resources available to us is to develop or maximize our human resources to its fullest potential. Free or low cost education for everybody, regardless of their social standings in life, politically or economically, must be a continuing advocacy at all COSTS. All government agencies in the provincial level should set aside at least 50% of their allotted fund for scholarship programs for it seems that the Dept. of Education is no where to be found or can not be trusted on this kind of endeavor. All successful graduates should be exported at once to the different corner of the globe (ungodly countries excluded) and see the world while earning for their loved ones.
    Consequently, all you have to do is to count yearly how much the Country earned from the remittance taxes that could be used for social services to the hard-headed individuals that can not earn a degree because of lust mistaken as love, drug abused, or poor coconut. The only problem left is if it will be pocketed again by the government thieves.

    Posted by Zirbinguenza | January 15, 2014, 5:11 pm
  47. bilibak ti panang binsa binsa ni DR TUAZON kadaguiti kabambantayan a nanglikmot ti probinsya nga abra ken daguiti waig/ub ubbog nga agayos ken tumipon a mangpadakkel ti abra river,sabali laeng ti nagan daguitoy a bantay ken danum,gapu siguro ta DR TUAZOn used their english names(from google?) ngem isu met laeng. though i had been in those places mentioned (abra side only) i dream that someday,someone like DR TUAZON will lead a group of nature enthusiasts that will actually discover the beginning of the abra river down to banaoang,and hence to the sea,taking photos along the way,to prove that mining kills the abra river SLOWLY but SURELY!!

    Posted by pagalsem | January 15, 2014, 11:36 pm
  48. jay gold processing ti barbarit lagangilang apo ket haan a mining. nalpas idin a naminas wennu nagiling daguiti bato a kimpetan nti balitok jay pagminasan. namin anun a nagiling daguita. tailings wennu nagguilingan a kasla darat ken tapok ti maprocess jay barbarit. ti mausar iti proceso a mangala jay water gold a kuna da ket chemicals nga makapatay ti tao ken animal. once a nagayos iti daga ket karayan nu nagtodo haanen a maikkat dayta a contamination. apo doc tuazon agdamag ka dta america about mercury n cyanide. do u want to offer a job dat wil kill ur laborers soon just bec. of d inhalation of chemicals? apan kayo ag observe jay itugon benguet apo.

    Posted by doctor ni doctora | January 16, 2014, 9:49 pm
  49. MY REPLY TO DOCTORA: ….

    I’m fascinated by your article. You’re very familiar with GOLD-MINING , the process involved,…ores and

    stones pulverized or reduced in size to darat – size, chemicals used are .>>>MERCURY or CYANIDE and

    the effects of these chemicals to animals and people.

    I gathered from your article that you’re familiar with the MINING INDUSTRY… are you familiar with BENGUET

    LEPANTO MINING COMPANY? or PHILEX MINING CO.?

    The difference between BARBARIT MININING PLANT and the BENGUET MINING PLANTS is obvious….

    in the BENGUET MINING companies have their PROCESSING PLANTS at the or around the sites of the

    diggings, the transport of the mined “ore” is thru a conveyor into the PLANTS for PROCESSING. That

    means transport of ‘”ORE” by trucks is not necessary.

    The proposed BARBARIT PROCESSING PLANTS has its PLANTS away from the DIGGING SITES>.>>

    in ABRA the MINING towns of LACUB< TINEG< BUNEG< MATARAGAN < LICUAN. The PLANTS

    ARE LOCATED AT BARBARIT, LAGANGUILANG, Abra.

    Posted by Leo B. Tuason, M.D. | January 19, 2014, 6:50 am
  50. I’m fascinated with ur english and vocabularies but not with your rotten ideas and beliefs. the issue is about that gold processing in barbarit lagangilang that will use deadly chemicals to segregate gold from mine tailings. the investors are take-it and abuaya. their would be laborers will be from benguet. this is not a healthy investment because it is detrimental to animals and mandkind. It wil only be a job to as few as 15 people but it will endager the lives of people along baay and abra river, from brgy bio down to taping, dalagusen, nagtupacan, pawa, presentar, laang, poblacion lagangilang, aguet, balais, lagben, mudiit, bumagkat,bagalay tayum, calaba bangued, town of san quintin, agingga banawang ken baybay ti ilocos sur. People condemn and oppose that gold processing in barbarit lagangilang abra.. doc tuason use ur common sense. read between the lines. nasirib ka ngem dim ammo patpatangem.

    Posted by doctor ni doctora | January 19, 2014, 9:10 pm

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