Council Strengthens Mining Guidelines
Central Mindanao Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Jim O. Sampulna also sought the assistance of media practitioners in the region to help the government in closely watching violators of mining laws, and immediately report to RMDC.
DENR Assistant Secretary for Line Bureaus Jeremias L. Dolino and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Director Horacio C. Ramos, emphasized the vital participation of all sectors of the society, particularly working journalists in helping preserve and protect the natural resources.
Both expressed their appreciation to the RMDC for actively implementing the mining laws, rules and regulations in Central Mindanao.
However, Dolino emphasized there is a need for more information dissemination drive what the new mining law is all about and to clarify certain issues "pertaining to mining that had been raised.
Ramos also expressed hope that "past sins" would not be the basis of the future of the mining industry, saying the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 allows open-pit mining in the extraction of minerals provided that the use of this method complies with the technical, economic, social, cultural and environmental requirements. …