Mining industry to work hand in hand with Duterte

Posted on May 12, 2016

THE mining industry has expressed willingness to comply with “stringent environmental standards” raised by presumptive president-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte in the course of the recently concluded election campaign.

“We assure President Digong [Mr. Duterte’s nickname] that our responsible mining companies around the country are adhering and will continue to uphold stringent environmental standards as we continue to explore new technologies to mitigate the industry’s environmental impact and footprint,“said Nelia C. Halcon, executive vice-president of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines in a text message to BusinessWorld.

The group congratulated Mr. Duterte for his landslide win in the 2016 presidential election, going by the unofficial count. His leading contenders, Senator Grace Poe and former interior secretary Manuel A. Roxas II, conceded this week and expressed support for Mr. Duterte.

“With the good Mayor soon taking on the highest mandate, the mining industry vows to work hand in hand with government to attain peace and order, economic stability and progress, and inclusive growth across the country,“the Chamber said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mr. Duterte, outgoing mayor of Davao City, cited in the past a resolution by the city council on the total ban of mining in this area.

“No approval shall be granted or issued by the city through its Sangguniang Panglungsod to any person, natural or juridical, to undertake any and all forms of mining operation in any area within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City, except rocks and mineral substances classified under the quarry,“a city council ordinance read in part.

The local legislation, however, is up for deliberation before the Supreme Court. -- Janina C. Lim