Petaquilla Minerals Ltd.

Petaquilla Minerals Ltd.

March 03, 2005 09:11 ET

Petaquilla and Local Authorities Work Together to Provide Employment


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FOR: PETAQUILLA MINERALS LTD.

TSX SYMBOL: PTQ
OTC Bulletin Board SYMBOL: PTQMF

MARCH 3, 2005 - 09:11 ET

Petaquilla and Local Authorities Work Together to
Provide Employment

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and COLON, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA--(CCNMatthews
- March 3, 2005) - Petaquilla Minerals Ltd.(TSX:PTQ)(OTCBB:PTQMF)

On February 25, 2005, Humberto Alvarez, the Company's Panama-based
manager of the Mine Development Plan, met with the Provincial Council of
Colon. The meeting was held in order to bring the local governing
representatives up to date on the Company's plans for advancing the
Petaquilla copper/gold project and conversely for the local authorities
to have input and participation in the development of a mine.



In attendance at the meeting were:
Olgalina de Quijada, Colon's Governor.
Luis Macias, Donoso's Mayor.
Raul Esquina, Representative of Rio Indio.
Sixto Lopez, Representative of Miguel de la Borda.
Representatives from Donoso and communities in Northern Cocle,
San Jose del General, Govea and Guacimo also attended.


Mr. Alvarez assured the Governor and other attendees that the project
meets all of the country's current legislation, particularly in the
environmental and socio-communitarian aspects.

In a meeting with the Representatives of the District of Donoso, after
the Provincial Council hearing, Alvarez coordinated the first
socio-communitarian integration steps in that region. The first step
will incorporate 30 workers from the District of Donoso in the labor
force required during the construction of a mining camp.

The new workers, who will join the 74 people that are currently working
in the camp, will be given training and issued the uniforms, boots,
gloves and other equipment they will need in order to achieve their
assignments.

A schedule of visits to the Donoso communities was also established for
Company representatives, where they will conduct workshops informing the
local people about the project and its importance in the development of
one of the country's poorest regions, as well as its plans for
environmental mitigation. These workshops are scheduled to begin
mid-March.

A community development plan in Donoso was also discussed. Dialogue
focused on the refurbishing of health centers, schools, school supplies
and academic preparation.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of

PETAQUILLA MINERALS LTD.

Kenneth W. Morgan, CFO and Director


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Contact Information

  • 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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