Nov. 18, 2017: Mining confab set in Baguio on Nov. 21–24 | Philippine Information Agency

Nov. 18, 2017: Mining confab set in Baguio on Nov. 21–24 | Philippine Information Agency
 

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) — The Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) will again bring the a thousand stakeholders from the mining industry and other related fields in the annual national mining conference here next week.

The 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC) is set on November 21 to 24 with the theme, “Responsible Mining … In the Hearts and Minds of Filipinos.”

PMSEA, the country’s forerunner in the promotion of occupational safety and health, sound environmental management and social responsibility in the minerals industry,  will showcase best practices in aggressive promotion of its advocacy in responsible mining of mineral resources that contribute to the sustained growth and development of the country.

Nov. 17, 2017: Government to recognize eco-friendly, ‘safest’ mines | BusinessMirror

Nov. 17, 2017: Government to recognize eco-friendly, ‘safest’ mines | BusinessMirror
 

The government is set to recognize the country’s safest and eco-friendly mines during the prestigious Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA).

To be held as part of the 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC), the PMIEA in Baguio City from November 21 to 24, PMIEA awards will be given to deserving mining companies engaged in mineral exploration, quarry operation, surface mining, underground mining and mineral processing.

The PMIEA was established under Executive Order 399 on February 03, 1997 in compliance with the policy that mineral exploration activities and mining operations shall not only be proenvironment but also propeople.

Nov. 16, 2017: Annual mining confab to recognize responsible miners

Nov. 16, 2017: Annual mining confab to recognize responsible miners
 

The prestigious Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA), which would be part of the 64th Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANMSEC), is set to recognize the country’s responsible miners.

Hosted by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) – the forerunner in the promotion of occupational health and safety, sound environmental management and social responsibility in the country’s minerals industry – ANMSEC will be held at CAP-John Hay Trade and Cultural Center in Baguio City on November 21 to 24.

“The 64th annual national mine safety and environment conference again brings together advocates of responsible mining within and outside the mining communities where we operate. This includes not only the mining companies but also our regulators, suppliers, academe, services contractors and local government units and communities,” PMSEA president Louie Sarmiento said in a statement.

Oct. 31, 2017: Finance chief: All mining sites to be reviewed under Duterte

Oct. 31, 2017: Finance chief: All mining sites to be reviewed under Duterte
 
The interagency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) will conduct a biennial review of mining operations nationwide, such that all sites will be covered before the end of the Duterte administration.In a statement Monday, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III noted that while the MICC, formed in 2012 through Executive Order No. 79 issued by former president Benigno Aquino III, was mandated to conduct a multi-stakeholder review of mine operations every two years, it had been unable to do so until this year.

Dominguez co-chairs the Cabinet-level MICC with Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

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Oct. 31, 2017: PH gov’t council announces biennial review of mining operations nationwide

Oct. 31, 2017: PH gov’t council announces biennial review of mining operations nationwide
 

MANILA, Philippines — The interagency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) will conduct a review of mining operations all over the country every two years, Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said in a statement.

New mine sites will be covered by the biennial review, which targets to cover all existing operations within the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

For the first round of the review covering the initial batch of 26 mines, the MICC said it expects the preliminary results in January next year and the final report by March

Oct. 31, 2017: COMP attempting to greenwash dirty mining practices — IBON

Oct. 31, 2017: COMP attempting to greenwash dirty mining practices — IBON
 

Research group IBON said that the plan of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) to adopt a Canadian mining organization’s sustainable mining measures indicates that it is trying to greenwash the Philippine mining industry’s negative image. But Canadian mining corporations are notorious for their dirty operations globally, IBON pointed out, which have led to several incidents of social and environmental devastation.

COMP recently announced that it will study and adopt the Mining Association of Canada (MAC)’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. It will also form an oversight committee to investigate its member-companies accused of mining law violations. This comes after former Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary Gina Lopez ordered the suspension of several mining operations based on findings of environmental destruction.

Under the TSM, MAC member-companies self-assess or self-regulate in key areas such as operations, biodiversity, indigenous people initiatives and crisis management to ensure socially, economically and environmentally responsible mining.

Oct. 30, 2017: Responsible open-pit mining

Oct. 30, 2017: Responsible open-pit mining
 

The beleaguered mining sector recently obtained some sense of direction after the inter-agency Mining Industry Coordinating Council officially voted to lift the ban on open-pit mining issued six months ago by former Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez “provided that mining laws, rules, and regulations are strictly enforced.”

Lopez’s replacement, Roy Cimatu, said DENR would follow MICC’s recommendation, in what industry has lauded as positive development for the sector. “This will improve the investment climate of mining in the Philippines and lift the uncertainties for key projects,” said Chamber of Mines of the Philippines executive director Ronald Recidoro, according to reports.

Indeed, MICC’s recommendation and Cimatu’s concurrence represent a well balanced and science based move in contrast to the drawn-out and controversial policy stance of Lopez, an avowed environmentalist, who under her brief tenure put the whole mining industry in a precarious position, threatening the livelihoods of thousands of Filipinos.

Oct. 30, 2017: DENR urges mining firms to protect PHL biodiversity | BusinessMirror

Oct. 30, 2017: DENR urges mining firms to protect PHL biodiversity | BusinessMirror
 

Mining companies should help protect and conserve the country’s rich biodiversity, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.

Environment Undersecretary Rodolfo C. Garcia made the statement during an interview at the sidelines of a weeklong international wildlife conference hosted by the Philippines on Saturday.

The country’s hosting was lauded as a success by organizers, with the increased protection for 34 species which have been uplisted or put in the list of Appendices for stronger protection under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, or CMS.

Also called the Bonn Convention, the CMS aims to protect migratory species and their habitats among the signatories. The Philippines is one of 124 signatories to the international wildlife treaty, being a host to a good number of migratory birds that migrate through East Asia-Australian Flyway. It also hosts a number of endangered marine wildlife, including whale sharks or butanding, and the wedgefish, another shark species whose global population is on the decline.

Oct. 30, 2017: Moving on from ban on open-pit mining

Oct. 30, 2017: Moving on from ban on open-pit mining

The Mining Industry Coordinating Council, cochaired by the finance and environment secretaries, recently voted to overturn the ban on open-pit mining through Department Administrative Order No. 2017-10. The order, which specifically stopped open-pit mining only for copper, gold, silver and complex ores, had been issued by then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.

Before the vote, Lopez, along with other antimining personalities, appealed to the government not to reverse the policy. Meanwhile, the mining industry sat tight and hoped for the best, as its interests lie in the hands of the interagency council. Antimining groups will probably continue to contest the repeal.

But in the interest of protecting the environment, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, now headed by the newly confirmed Secretary Roy Cimatu, should stay away from this policy tug-of-war and focus on the task at hand. No one wins in the constant bickering between the antimining coalition and the mining industry, and the environment stands to suffer most with unsound policies and unsavory business practices.

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Oct. 29, 2017: Commentary: Bias of banning open pit mining

Oct. 29, 2017: Commentary: Bias of banning open pit mining
 

(First published on October 27)

Just days before Gina Lopez’s appointment as environment secretary was formally rejected by the Commission on Appointments, she issued a ban on open pit mining through Department of Environment and Natural Resources Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2017-10.  Officially, the subject of the DAO is “Banning the Open Pit Method of Mining for Copper, Gold, Silver, and Complex Ores in the Country.”

On October 24, current Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu announced that the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) decided to overturn DAO 2017-10 by a majority vote. While Secretary Cimatu said that the decision of the MICC will still be taken up in Cabinet meeting, he sees the formal lifting of the ban before the year ends. Of course, Lopez disagreed with the decision of the MICC and has vowed to do everything she can to maintain the ban.