Nov. 1, 2017: DU30 should ban ‘tubong lugaw’ open-pit mining

Nov. 1, 2017: DU30 should ban ‘tubong lugaw’ open-pit mining
 

OPEN-pit mining can be best described as this. A “tubong lugaw“ operation that involves gouging the earth for minerals. The ruined land—a place ruined for life—is deserted hurriedly after the virtual theft of the wealth of the patrimony. No life will regenerate in those ruined, mined places for a million years.

In Mr. Duterte’s Mindanao, open-pit mining has created vast swathes of non-redeemable wastelands.

We do not know which of the two is worse—narco-politics or open-pit mining operations by well-connected companies and individuals. By the reckoning of environmental scientists, open-pit mining is worse as it eviscerates Mother Earth, and its human inhabitants, on the scale of Armageddon.

Nov. 1, 2017: FNI completes 2017 nickel ore shipment

Nov. 1, 2017: FNI completes 2017 nickel ore shipment
 
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GLOBAL Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. (FNI) has completed its 2017 nickel ore shipments, recording higher volume shipped compared to 2016 and 2015.

FNI told the Philippine Stock Exchange its subsidiary Platinum Group Metals Corporation has shipped 5.97 million wet metric tons (WMT), or 109 vessels of nickel ore, in 2017 versus the 4.3 million WMT shipped last year and the 5.35 million WMT shipped in 2015.

FNI said the mining season this year ran from March to October.

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.

Oct. 29, 2017: Minahang Bayan in Benguet still pending

Oct. 29, 2017: Minahang Bayan in Benguet still pending
 
APPLICATIONS of the Benguet Federation of Small Scale Miners in Benguet is still pending at Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) Regional Director Fay Apil is hopeful in the approval of the application of Minahang Bayan for Benguet.
“Sad to say as much as we would really like to have declared a Minahang Bayan but then there are requirements that are difficult to comply,In the central office they are coming up with a revised procedure on the application of the Minahang Bayan para hindi masyadong mabigat sa applicants,” Apil said.

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