Sept. 21, 2017: Philippine lawmakers defer decision on appointment of environment minister

Sept. 21, 2017: Philippine lawmakers defer decision on appointment of environment minister
 

MANILA, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday said they would hold more hearings before deciding whether to confirm the appointment of the country’s environment minister, although some said they were likely to approve the step.

The confirmation of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu is being closely watched given the policy implications for the mining sector in the world’s top nickel ore supplier.

Cimatu, a former soldier, replaced staunch environmentalist Regina Lopez who was rejected by the same legislative panel in May after less than a year in office. All ministerial appointments in the country go through a similar process.

Sept. 21, 2017: CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu

Sept. 21, 2017: CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu
 

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday, September 20, deferred the confirmation of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.

San Juan Representative Ronaldo Zamora, vice chairman of the CA committee on environment and natural resources, moved to suspend Wednesday’s hearing after lawmakers questioned Cimatu for almost two hours.

“I understand there are some members of the Commission who would like to clarify certain issues and manifest some concerns regarding our work at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.‬ This is the way democracy works. I welcome the opportunity to clear things,” Cimatu said in a statement after the CA panel deferred his confirmation.

Sept. 21, 2017: Philippine Lawmakers Defer Decision on Appointment of Environment Minister

Sept. 21, 2017: Philippine Lawmakers Defer Decision on Appointment of Environment Minister
 

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday said they would hold more hearings before deciding whether to confirm the appointment of the country’s environment minister, although some said they were likely to approve the step.

The confirmation of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu is being closely watched given the policy implications for the mining sector in the world’s top nickel ore supplier.

Cimatu, a former soldier, replaced staunch environmentalist Regina Lopez who was rejected by the same legislative panel in May after less than a year in office. All ministerial appointments in the country go through a similar process.

Sept. 20, 2017: Gacad: Gold mining and the development of Baguio (Part 4)

Sept. 20, 2017: Gacad: Gold mining and the development of Baguio (Part 4)
 
THE construction of the Benguet Road, later named after Colonel Lyman W. V. Kennon, was initially conceived to provide access to the temperate climate of Baguio. Described as a fine, rolling grassy country at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level, Baguio answered the need for a summer capital and a place where bone-weary and wounded American Soldiers could recuperate.
Before the coming of the Americans, it took a 24-hour boat ride from Manila to San Fernando, La Union and a 3-day ride on horseback over steep mountain trails to reach the area. As mine prospecting lured more American ex-soldiers, civilians, and businessmen to Baguio, it became imperative that a more expeditious and convenient means of access be provided.
The marvel that was the Benguet Road was conceived and planned by competent engineers and built by thousands of laborers. Governor William Howard Taft, Commissioners W. Cameron Forbes, Dean Worcester, Luke Wright, and Daniel Burnham participated in the conceptualization and execution of the plan for the development of Baguio.

The Philippine Commission, determined to see the project through to completion, approved a resolution designating Baguio as “the summer capital of the archipelago,” and put Colonel Lyman W. V. Kennon in charge of the project to build the 40-kilometer winding road which bears his name.

Sept. 20, 2017: Runruno Metals Exploration Hits “Difficulties” At Gold Mine As Debt Talks Held

Sept. 20, 2017: Runruno Metals Exploration Hits “Difficulties” At Gold Mine As Debt Talks Held
 

LONDON (Alliance News) – Philippines-focused gold and metals miner Metals Exploration PLC said on Tuesday that it continues to “experience difficulties”, with setbacks at its Runrono gold mining operations on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

Metals Exploration said it was in “advanced talks” with major shareholders to procure mezzanine finance to cover its bridging loan obligations and working capital requirements.

Metals Exploration said that it “continues to experience difficulties” in the bacterial oxidisation circuit ramp-up.

Sept. 20, 2017: 2 miners die, another hurt as tunnel collapses in Sarangani – Northbound Philippines News Online

Sept. 20, 2017: 2 miners die, another hurt as tunnel collapses in Sarangani – Northbound Philippines News Online
 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Two mine workers were killed while another was hurt after being trapped for hours inside a small-scale mine tunnel that collapsed Sunday in an upland village in Kiamba town, Sarangani Province.

Venancio Wata III, operations team leader of the Sarangani Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, on Monday said the victims were working inside a tunnel in sitio Banawag in Barangay Tablao, Kiamba when it suddenly caved in early Sunday.

He said the collapsed tunnel was among the structures operating illegally at the mountainous boundaries of Kiamba and Maitum towns.

Sept. 20, 2017: Gina Lopez disputes COMP claim on open pits | BusinessMirror

Sept. 20, 2017: Gina Lopez disputes COMP claim on open pits | BusinessMirror
 

Former Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez on Monday refuted Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) Chairman Gerard H. Brimo’s critique of her policy pronouncements and order banning the open-pit mining method in the Philippines.

Lopez clarified that the open-pit mining ban applies not to nickel mining, but that of gold, copper, mercury and silver.

“He [Brimo] is confusing the issue.  The ban on open-pit mining is not a ban on nickel.  It’s not on nickel.  It’s a ban on gold, copper, mercury, silver,” she told the BusinessMirror.

Sept. 20, 2017: Hinatuan Mining expects lower net income this year | BusinessMirror

Sept. 20, 2017: Hinatuan Mining expects lower net income this year | BusinessMirror
 

HINATUAN Mining Corp. (HMC) expects its net income to go down this year as it cuts by almost half its export of nickel ore to China pending the grant of tree-cutting permit by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

From the original target of 51 shipments, HMC decided to downsize its shipments to 38. Each shipment is equivalent to 50,000 wet metric tons of nickel ore.

Asked if the decision will have an effect on its annual revenues, HMC Resident Mine Manager Francisco Arañes Jr. said they expect net income this year to go down significantly.

Sept. 18, 2017: Women, fishermen get livelihood boost from Dinagat Islands miner | BusinessMirror

Sept. 18, 2017: Women, fishermen get livelihood boost from Dinagat Islands miner | BusinessMirror
 

DINAGAT ISLANDS—For 60-year-old Leopold B. Ortiz, President of the Boa Fisherfolk Association (BFA) based in Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands, the onset of the “ber” months is bad news.  During the ber months, he said, the Amihan sets in.

“Beginning September, we can no longer go out to fish in open waters,” Ortiz said.

Like most Dinagat Islands settlers, fishing is a way of life for Ortiz.  But fishing, he said, is a risky business.

He added they could only fish from April to August, when they are able to catch fish ranging from 3 kilos to 15 kilos.  After that, fishing activities stop, and they have to rely on the crops they plant for food.