Petaquilla Minerals Ltd.

Petaquilla Minerals Ltd.

March 11, 2005 14:34 ET

Government Recognizes Socio-Communitarian Work by Petaquilla


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TSX SYMBOL: PTQ
OTC Bulletin Board SYMBOL: PTQMF

MARCH 11, 2005 - 14:34 ET

Government Recognizes Socio-Communitarian Work by
Petaquilla

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and COCLECITO, PANAMA--(CCNMatthews - March
11, 2005) - Petaquilla Minerals Ltd., (TSX:PTQ)(OTCBB:PTQMF) ("PTQ" or
the "Company") issued a progress report from the Company's Panama office
on Petaquilla's community development plan in the Panamanian Provinces
of Cocle and Colon.

Representatives of the Panamanian Ministries of Public Labor and of
Health have recognized the socio-communitarian work being done by the
Company. PTQ now has rehabilitated 10 kilometers of one of the most
important roads leading to Northern Cocle and is in the process of
organizing the delivery of medicine to a dozen health centers in four
communities that will benefit 2,300 people.

Edwin Gonzalez, responsible for Public Labor in Cocle, said this past
Thursday that the rehabilitation work on the 28 kilometer road that
connects Llano Grande to Coclecito is being executed in coordination
with a government team. "It's a complement to the government's action.
The mining company has the proper machinery in the area and is really
showing a great work dynamic," said Gonzalez.

The first to benefit from this action are those that live in the region,
who according to Alcibiades Sanchez, President of the Molejon
community's Parents Association, have seen the travel time between
Coclecito and Penonome reduced from eight to just two hours.

Alvaro Tejeira, an engineer in charge of the work on behalf of the
mining company, explained that along with the road, they have also
repaired rural aqueducts, schools and health centers along the way. He
assured that the road will be completely rehabilitated before the rainy
season begins.

In a meeting this Thursday in Colon, on the Caribbean coast, with
leaders from the Donoso communities, Lupita Jaen, who is responsible for
socio-communitarian affairs on behalf of the Company, planned the
delivery of medicine to a dozen health centers, along with the repair of
clinics and the equipment of school supplies affecting over a thousand
students.

"This is a very timely initiative and a responsible one as well on
behalf of the company, because it is all about the attention to one of
the most urgent demands in terms of health for the communities in the
District of Donoso," said Santos Escobar, Provincial Supervisor of the
Ministry of Health in Colon.

Ken Morgan CFO of Petaquilla Minerals commented, "Both the community
development plan and operations in the field are progressing nicely as
we continue to advance toward our goal of bringing the project to
production."

On behalf of the Board of Directors of

PETAQUILLA MINERALS LTD.

Kenneth W. Morgan, CFO and Director


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  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Petaquilla Minerals Ltd.
    Kenneth W. Morgan
    CFO and Director
    (604) 694-0021
    (604) 694-0063 (FAX)
    www.petaquilla.com
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