Carrascal, Surigao del Sur
Carrascal, officially the Municipality of Carrascal, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Surigao del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 22,479 people.
|Municipality of Carrascal|
Map of Surigao del Sur with Carrascal highlighted
|Region||Caraga (Region XIII)|
|Province||Surigao del Sur|
|Barangays||14 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Vicente H. Pimentel III|
|• Vice Mayor||Jessie James T. Valle|
|• Congressman||Prospero A. Pichay Jr.|
|• Electorate||14,169 voters (2016)|
|• Total||265.80 km2 (102.63 sq mi)|
|• Density||85/km2 (220/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)86|
|Climate type||tropical rainforest climate|
|Income class||4th municipal income class|
|Revenue (₱)||286.2 million (2016)|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
Carrascal, known for its mining economy, is home to a number of large-scale mining firms. In early 2017, CTP Construction and Mining Corporation and Carrascal Nickel Corporation that operated near coastal areas while Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation in a declared watershed were found violating the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) policy, thus sanctioned for closure.  Economic pressures felt immediately by its local stakeholders; controversially and concurrently, the Philippine political machinery intervened at the national stage. Short-lived environmental court sanctions was then rescinded later that same year due to an injunctive relief from "filed motions and appeal for reconsideration" allowing mining re-operations that environmental group Caraga Watch vehemently contested as "inutile and bankrupt mining law and policies;"  further prompting for pre-emptive, sensible environmental watch and on-going national/local discussions before waking-up to extractive gas drill operations in our shorelines.
Special areas of economic considerationsEdit
The ideal candidate site of proposed wind power projects is located approximately 300 meter masl in the mining area near Carrascal. It is accessible from a highway under perpetual reconstruction and further made accessible by exploration roads constructed by mining companies. The terrain is mostly flat, with minimal vegetation, causing minimal turbulence to wind flow in the area. It overlooks the Philippine Sea from the southeast and the north-west directions. Some permanent deformations of small trees indicate that the wind typically comes from the north-east direction. Ground measurements yielded wind speeds of 8–11 m/s, which, by industry standards has excellent wind power potential. However, further validation studies of at least one year of wind data gathered from the site is nonexistent. Transmission lines of the local cooperative pass through this wind power candidate site, making it more attractive for wind and/ solar energy development to alleviate badly needed energy infrastructure to sustain large scale industrialization and its lofty bid to become the northernmost "city" of Surigao del Sur.
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