November 14, 2017

End open-pit mining ban — MICC

(25 October 2017)  “In the 28th MICC meeting held on 24 October 2017, wherein a quorum was… present… majority of… MICC members 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,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu yesterday said in a press conference after the meeting as he read an official statement.
Asked if he concurred with the MICC’s recommendation, Mr. Cimatu — who co-chairs the council with Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III — replied: “Yes.”
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