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Mining moratorium still in effect – DENR 6

ILOILO CITY, Oct. 25 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 clarifies that the mining moratorium on the issuance of new mining permits is still in force until the department’s planned reform in the industry takes place.

Regional Executive Director Julian D. Amador said: “It is a clear directive from the secretary that we will not issue new permits as long as we sift all permits issued and pending applications to ensure that these permits complied with requirements imposed by law”.

The DENR suspended the issuance of mining permits February this year for there are speculations that these are being traded to other companies for a price. Reports said that this will remain in force until the undesirable in the mining industry were fully purged.

Due to the moratorium, DENR 6 – Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) defers any application being filed in the region. Pending applications were also temporarily archived.

Because of the moratorium imposed, substantial income from the industry has dipped.

As of 2011, only one exploration permit was renewed by the DENR 6. The Cawayan Mining Corporation in Sipalay City was given another term for exploration activities.

Amador clarified, however, that that the renewal of the said permit is not tantamount to a new mining permit.

“This is merely renewal only issued prior to the imposition of the mining moratorium, and this goes through an intensive process of evaluation,” Amador said.

DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje also stressed that the companies were evaluated if they comply with their respective commitments stated in their original exploration permits.

The imposition of mining moratorium before all permits were evaluated is in accordance with President Benigno Aquino III’s "matuwid na daan" policy. (PNA)

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