Oct. 26, 2017: Mining chamber welcomes MICC recommendation to lift open-pit ban | BusinessMirror

Oct. 26, 2017: Mining chamber welcomes MICC recommendation to lift open-pit ban | BusinessMirror

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) welcomes the recommendation of the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) to lift the open-pit mining ban for select ores, including gold, copper and silver, and complex ores.

In a text message, COMP Executive Director Ronald S. Recidoro said the MICC recommendation is a “positive development” for the mining industry, which experienced what he described as “a policy storm” under the watch of environmentalist Regina Paz L. Lopez during her short stint as chief steward of the country’s environment and natural resources.

Department Administrative Order  2017-10, which imposes a ban on open-pit mining method for select ores, was signed by Lopez on April 27 more than a month before her rejection by the Commission on Appointments.

Oct. 6, 2017: How an Activist Minister in Philippines Took On the Mining Barons

Oct. 6, 2017: How an Activist Minister in Philippines Took On the Mining Barons
 
Gina Lopez is the scion of a wealthy Filipino family that owns the nation’s largest media conglomerate. Yet despite her privileged background, she has followed an unconventional path — living in an Indian ashram, working anonymously as a missionary in Africa for 11 years, and ultimately becoming an environmental activist in her native land.

That work, especially her campaign against the Philippines’ corrupt and highly destructive mining industry, brought her to the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte, a controversial figure best known for ordering the extrajudicial killings of drug dealers when he was mayor of Davao City. In June 2016, Duterte appointed Lopez as Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources. She did not waste time.

She cracked down on illegal fishing, campaigned for renewable energy, and, most notably, banned open-pit mines and threatened to shut down more than half the country’s mining operations, saying their environmental destruction was wrecking the lives of farmers and fishermen in remote rural communities. But the powerful mining companies struck back, lobbying the country’s Congress and getting her thrown out of office last May.

Sept. 6, 2017: Domestic processing of minerals needs incentives, support–solon | BusinessMirror

Sept. 6, 2017: Domestic processing of minerals needs incentives, support–solon | BusinessMirror
 

Party-List Rep. Arnel U. Ty of LPGMA, the chairman of the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives, underscored the need for more incentives to promote domestic processing of minerals.

During his speech at a mining conference on Tuesday, Ty said calls to put up more mineral-processing plants in the country should be backed by incentives and assistance to achieve sustainability in the mining sector.

The solon said there’s a measure proposed in the Lower House to ban the export of raw ores, coupled with the necessity of putting up processing plants.

Aug. 9, 2017: Environment body voids permit of Palawan mine

Aug. 9, 2017: Environment body voids permit of Palawan mine
 

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — An environment regulatory agency revoked a special permit it issued to a nickel mining company operating in southern Palawan in the wake of controversies hounding the firm.

Ipilan Nickel Corp. (INC), whose operation was suspended by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), was stripped of its Strategic Environmental Plan (SEP) clearance by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) during its monthly meeting last week, according to PCSD executive director Nelson Devanadera.

The PCSD’s action, Devanadera said, came in the wake of complaints and petitions against the company raised by different groups, including the municipal government of Brooke’s Point where it was operating.

Aug. 1, 2017: DoF to include mining fiscal regime in tax reform

Aug. 1, 2017: DoF to include mining fiscal regime in tax reform
 

The Department of Finance (DoF) said the mining industry’s fiscal regime will be part of the government’s comprehensive tax reform package (CTRP) after President Rodrigo Duterte reminded all extractive corporations and contractors to pay the right amount of taxes.

Finance Undersecretary Bayani Agabin, a member of the multi-stakeholder Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC), said the body tasked to review the sector fully supports the effort of the President to review the mining laws.

“And in that regard, the MICC has several technical working groups that will undertake the review of the fiscal regime. In fact, we are looking at this to be part of one of the tax reform packages,” he told reporters in an interview over the weekend.

The fiscal regime on the mining industry may be included in the succeeding packages of the CTRP but not under the recently House of Representatives-approved package one or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act, Agabin noted.

July 25, 2017: Philippine President Talks Tough on Mining | Investing News Network

July 25, 2017: Philippine President Talks Tough on Mining | Investing News Network
 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had strong words for the mining industry during his two-hour State of the Nation address on Monday (July 24).

He said he would “tax miners to death” if damage to the local environment continues, adding that he could also halt mineral resource exports and possibly close the country’s mining sector completely. “Declare your correct income, pay your correct taxes. Your failure to do so will be your undoing,” he said.

Earlier this month, the president talked about the damage mining companies cause to local communities and the environment, and asked “rich” mining firms to pay the people who have been impacted. Last Friday (July 21), he announced plans to draft a new law for the country’s mining industry.

July 25, 2017: Palaweños praise SONA pronouncement on responsible mining, back martial law extension

July 25, 2017: Palaweños praise SONA pronouncement on responsible mining, back martial law extension
 

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, July 24 — Palaweños expressed full support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s second state of the nation address (SONA), particularly his pronouncements on responsible mining and the extension of martial law in Mindanao.

On accountable mining, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) Executive Director Nelson Devanadera said President Duterte is spot-on in forewarning mining companies to spend for the restoration of “the virginity of the resource.”

“Palawan is actually ahead of President Duterte’s pronouncements in SONA about responsible mining. We’ve been spawning it for several years now in the province,” said Devanadera.

Devanadera said one of the models of responsible mining is in the province, the Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation-Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (RTNMC-CBNC) in the municipality of Bataraza, southern Palawan.

“Among other mining companies operating in Palawan, RTNMC and CBNC has been the most responsible so far,” Devanadera told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) early Monday evening.