Mining experts want Gina Lopez’s open-pit mining ban lifted
Enforce mining laws rather than keep businesses trapped, this inter-agency body said.
Members of the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) led by new Environment Secretary Roy Cimatui voted to recommend the lifting of the ban on open-pit mining issued by his predecessor Gina Lopez.
The MICC is co-chaired by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, who made the announcement through a statement on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
“Majority of the members of the MICC voted to recommend a change in the policy of the DENR with regard to Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2017-10, particularly, that the DENR lift the ban on open pit mining provided that mining laws are strictly enforced,” the body composed of public, private, and academic experts said.
Instead, the MICC directed Department of Environment and Natural Resources to “take a close look” on issues on the reported expansion of 24 mining areas under mineral production sharing agreements.
However, the site audit of the 26 mines ordered closed or suspended by Lopez will push through, to be led by five technical teams composed of industry experts.
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