Undersecretary for Climate Change and Mining Concerns Analiza The speaks before the 2019 Mining Philippines International Conference and Exhibition.

The government is working on four priority items to make its policies responsive to the mining sector, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.

Speaking before the 2019 Mining Philippines International Conference and Exhibition, DENR Undersecretary for Climate Change and Mining Concerns Analiza The said these include DAP 2010-21 or the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 7942, specifically Sections 189-192, Guidelines for the Care and Maintenance Program for Mining Programs; and the amendment to the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 7076 or the People’s Small Scale Mining Program.

“Hopefully, with all these pending policies with the cooperation of the mining industry, slowly, we can formulate new policies that will really be responsive to the needs of the mining industry, support their investments and at the same time the environmental safeguards are properly taken care of,” she explained.

The said the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) would come up with an industry roadmap to boost the country’s mineral sector.

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines wants to reverse what it describes as “anti-mining” policies imposed by the previous leadership at the DENR.

The government has banned open-pit mining. Undersecretary The said the open-pit mining method was a globally-accepted method of mining. (Melo M. Acuña)