Apr. 26, 2017: Mining groups to Lopez: Provide more details on area development, biochar program implementation

Apr. 26, 2017: Mining groups to Lopez: Provide more details on area development, biochar program implementation

While Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has shown much enthusiasm in implementing her so-called area-development approach and biochar livelihood program, mining companies appear to be oblivious about it.

Ronald Recidoro, vice president for policy and planning of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP), which represents the mining industry’s big players, for one, said mining companies have not seen the program’s “blue print” and how the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) plans to implement the program in mining communities.

“There are a few mining companies that entered into an agreement with [the] DENR, but most are still unaware of the specifics,” he told the BusinessMirror in a telephone interview.

The DENR is aggressively promoting its concept of area development through the sustainable integrated area development (SIAD) and biochar program as part of its thrust to turn the DENR from a mere regulatory into a development agency.

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