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No Room for Illegal Mining in Philippines - DENR

Mining News - Published on Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources said that there is no room for illegal mining in the country. mid continued calls for greater responsibility from mining companies nationwide, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau assured the public that the agency is fully committed to fighting environmental abuse caused by illegal mining operators in the Philippines. MGB director Mr Wilfredo Moncano said “There is no room for illegal mining in the Philippines,”

Mr Moncano said “Through NTFMC, we aggressively apprehend illegal mining operators, as well as seize, confiscate, and dismantle their equipment, including blasting tunnel entrances or portals to the mining sites. We are now pushing for the task force to be made into a separate bureau. In this way, it will have more resources, more manpower, and more leverage to work with other law enforcement bodies. The environmental laws are there, but we need to be as strict as possible with the enforcement and that means a lot of collaboration from the bottom going up.”

MGB is also seeking to reduce illegal mining operations by allowing small-scale miners to formally register and join cooperatives.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 15 Oct 2019
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