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. 18, 2017: Mine way

Sept. 18, 2017: Mine way
 

One morning, over a cup of piping hot cocoa, a daily habit I inherited from my grandmother (who lived till she was 102, so there must be something in those beans), l pondered if I should write about the recent Mining Philippines 2017 conference that was held last September 5-7 at the Sofitel Manila. My initial hesitation was brought about by the fact that I am part of a Group that is into natural resource development, so my opus might come across to most as rather contrived.

This, not to mention the many times I was invited as resource person in several forums on mining and even interviewed occasionally to speak for the industry.

Sept. 17, 2017: Can mining industry weather the policy storm? | BusinessMirror

Sept. 17, 2017: Can mining industry weather the policy storm? | BusinessMirror
 

OVER the past several years, the mining industry has experienced a policy storm—from the imposition of a moratorium on new mining permits and designation of “mining no-go zones” with the signing of Executive Order (EO) 79 under the Aquino administration, to a stricter mine-audit process that led to closure or suspension orders affecting more than two dozen mining operations, cancellation of 75 mineral production sharing agreements (MPSAs) and the ban on open-pit mining method all over the country within the first year of the Duterte administration.

President Duterte expressed his dismay several times over the environmental destruction caused by irresponsible miners, which, he said, are making huge profits but are not taking care of the environment and the affected mining communities.

Under a new leadership, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP), an organization composed of the mining industry’s big players, is seeking to reverse these policies, hoping for a better policy environment that will see the industry grow and achieve its full potential.