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MGB participates in DENR QMS orientation
Mines and Geosciences Bureau, January 22, 2015

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently conducted the "General Orientation on International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 Aligned Quality Management System" as part of the action plan of DENR in its bid for ISO certification.
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MGB probes use of mercury-free method for iron analysis
Mines and Geosciences Bureau, January 22, 2015

The Chemical Laboratory Services Section (CLSS) of the Metallurgical Technology Division – Mines and Geosciences Bureau is conducting a research focusing on a mercury-free analysis of total iron in lateritic and iron ores. The research aims to reduce the occupational hazard to MGB Chemists and others involved in the analysis of rock samples from the possible risk of mercury exposure.
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Zambales farmers to receive P3M compensation for damages
Mines and Geosciences Bureau, January 22, 2015

The Contingent Liability and Rehabilitation Fund Steering Committee (CLRFSC) recently signed a Resolution approving the claims for compensation amounting to PhP3,210,739.00 for the damages to farm lots caused by mining operations in Sta. Cruz and Candelaria, Zambales.
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Greenstone, Citinickel resume mining operations
Mines and Geosciences Bureau, January 13, 2015

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) recently lifted the Cease-and-Desist Order (CDO) given to Greenstone Resources Corporation (GRC) and the Suspension Order imposed on Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation (CMDC) following separate mining incidents in the past two years.
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Philippines: Bishops urge Pope to speak about harmful impact of mining on environment
(CBCP-NASSA) and Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance Against Mining), January 27, 2015

The Filipino Bishops Conference and environmental campaigners have written an appeal to Pope France urging him to join their call for the repeal of the current Mining Act which is allowing massive environmental and social devastation in the country. Joint Statement on the Mining Issue During the Visit of Pope Francis to Manila and Tacloban in the Philippines: 15-19 January 2015
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Subsidies to mining sector up
Cai Ordinario, January 26, 2015

The mining industry—constantly under attack by non-governmental groups for its effects on the environment—is getting higher subsidies from the state.
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BMG vows to arrest 2 ‘aliens’ in illegal black sand mining activities in Zambales
Arlie O. Calalo, January 23, 2015

The Bureau of Mines and Geosciences (BMG) will arrest two Indian nationals who are reportedly behind the illegal black sand mining activities in Zambales province, its head told reporters yesterday.
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Mining bill seen enacted this year
Othel V. Campos, January 22, 2015

The Trade Department expects the passage of a new mining law this year, which is expected to boost government revenues and open more mining projects. “We see this bill as a fairer distribution of revenues to all parties concerned. It may help resolve certain government revenue issues from mining activities,” said Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo.
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OceanaGold reports record gold, copper output at Didipio mine
Jonathan L. Mayuga, January 21, 2015

OCEANAGOLD Corp. has exceeded its gold and copper production targets, producing a total of 307,463 ounces of gold and 25,010 tons of copper in the last quarter of 2014.
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2 mining companies get MGB approval to explore for gold, copper in Mindanao
Jonathan L. Mayuga, January 07, 2015

TWO mining companies are expected to start exploration works in Mindanao this year after having been granted permits by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) last year. The exploration permits were issued by the MGB to Bunawan Mining Corp. (Bunawan) and Kiamba Mining and Development Corp. (Kiamba), which will allow the companies to start drilling and conduct necessary tests in search of mineral deposits in their respective mining tenements.
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PH lifts Citinickel mining embargo
Anna Leah G. Estrada, January 06, 2015

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau has lifted the suspension order on the mining operations of Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. in Pulot, Sofronio Española, Palawan. Citinickel, a unit of listed Oriental Peninsula Resources Group Inc., operates two mining projects, including Narra in Narra town and Pulot in the town of Sofronio Española.
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Gov’t, mining sector remain at odds over revenue issue
Czeriza Valencia, December 29, 2014

MANILA, Philippines - Two years after the issuance of the new mining policy, the state and the extractive industry are still striving to find compromise on a number of changes in the country’s mining regime, chief among which is the new taxation scheme.
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