COMP pushes stakeholders’ meet on mines’ closure

>> Friday, February 24, 2017

May Anne C. Cacdac

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines welcomed the move of the Minerals Industry Coordinating Council, led by Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, to “create a multi-stakeholder review and advise the DENR on the performance of existing mine operations in consultation with local government units.”
He added the move of the MICC will certainly give the mines for closure or suspension the opportunity to address the allegations hurled at them. This also means these mines will remain operational and relieve the fears of our communities and employees.
However, the Chamber continues to press for the truth citing their right to information.
“The only way forward is to know the truth. The Chamber demands to see the actual results of the standardized environmental assessment tests each mining company was subjected to and the specific violations that merited their closure or suspension. These tests should have been conducted during the period Department of Environment and Natural Resources secretary-designate Gina Lopez claims the follow up audits were done,” Disini asserted.
According to Disini, knowledge of the extent of violations, if indeed there are, will help mining firms direct their efforts to eliminate or minimize impacts of these gaps in the operation.
“We believe this is how due process, rule of law are upheld.”
On Wednesday, COMP filed an FOI request with the DENR to compel Lopez to come out with the full audit results.

“Only when these data is produced could a thorough review be conducted as stated in the MICC resolution and we will continue to wait in the name of truth, fairness and legality,” Disini ended. 


  © Blogger templates Palm by 2008

Back to TOP  

Web Statistics