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HINUNANGAN, Southern Leyte, Feb. 7 (PIA) -- The local government here would rather preserve the natural outlines of their coastline with the black sand intact than gain revenues by allowing its utilization, even under a strictly regulated, monitored quarry.

“I did not allow them,” Mayor Reynaldo Fernandez reported in an impromptu interaction with the local media last week, when asked about updates on how the LGU manages this uncommon gem.

Citing an experience with a neighboring Leyte town whose shoreline was damaged for allowing black sand concession, the mayor said he personally observed the destruction that happened once an LGU allows mining of this rare natural resource.

Black sand is a source material in the production of stainless metals, according to a colleague familiar with its use.

Fernandez said the operation of extracting black sand involves the use of magnets to attract the desired minerals and in so doing the overall appearance of the seashore will be consequently deformed.

Asked if some of the locals may have secretly and illegally mined the shores for the mineral, Fernandez was confident no such thing occurred.

As it is, vehicles both two-wheels and four wheels can travel along the town’s shoreline mainly because of the compactness due to the presence of black sand. (nbq/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)