Palawan is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. In 2017, it was voted as the “World’s Best Island” by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. But the island is not only popular because of its tourist destinations located in the northern region, it is also home to various extractive industries down south. Palm Oil Plantation covers more or less 4,000 hectares of land in the island carrying with it the promise of progress but not without environmental issues and controversies. Mining has also been present in the island for a few decades now.
The Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation has been operating in Brgy. Rio Tuba, Municipality of Bataraza since 1977. Through the years, it has won various mining awards for its supposed good practices. The company even received some positive feedback from former Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) when she visited the mine in early 2017. The company has been an prominent part of the Municipality of Bataraza ever since it started operating in the area. Found below is the history and profile of the municipality.
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Source: Provincial Planning and Development Office, Palawan