With the national government formally lifting the mining moratorium and open-pit mining ban in the country, the challenge of pursuing a more responsible and environmentally friendly industry takes precedence. The very essence of this vision presented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was formally discussed during the 71st Philippine Mining Club Luncheon last October 28, 2022, at the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati.
Various constituents of the industry, both from local and private groups, and several PMC members & partners, including Sta. Clara International Corporation was present during the affair which was graced by none other than DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones himself – the luncheon’s keynote speaker.
Usec. Leones presented the Philippine Mining Industry’s Road Map which began with a short discussion on the value of the sector and its potential role in revitalizing the Philippines’ economy. This was followed by a comprehensive explanation of the current and upcoming environmental programs that must be coupled with the industry; these include the Mining Forest Program, National Greening Program, Bamboo Plantation Program, and the Mine Rehabilitation Program.
Notably, the DENR will be implementing the development and expansion of support structures for mining pits along with the construction of modular processing plants which will help support the value-adding efforts for the mineral sector. Furthermore, the establishment of smelting and refining facilities will encompass the third phase of the department’s road map.
Amidst the pressing concern for the stability of the sector’s policies, Usec. Leones assured the crowd that there will be an amendment to the current Philippine Mining Act, changes of which will be first consulted with all the constituent chambers via a roundtable discussion. Moreover, they will ensure that all policies will be properly and strictly implemented especially at the local government level.
The mining industry is unquestionably an underdeveloped treasure trove of economic possibilities for the Philippines despite being one of the most misunderstood sectors. Partaking in the more environmentally-friendly vision of the national government, SCIC will continue engaging in the mining industry to help boost the country’s economy.