"We have held initial meetings... before the end of the year, we promise to have a recommendation on how we should proceed," said MGB Concurrent Director Mario Luis J. Jacinto, speaking to reporters.

The MGB is consulting industry stakeholders and other agencies to consider the country's sustainable level of ore volume and its competitiveness in the context of ASEAN integration.

Mr. Jacinto, who is also an undersecretary of the Environment department, noted that local processing of ore adds value to the Philippine mining industry's output. "The question is what are the requirements to put it in place," he added.
Read more: Policy on downstream mining industries due by year's end

Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company filed with the Office of the Ombudsman a corruption complaint against former Mines and Geosciences Bureau director and Environment Undersecretary Leo Jasareno for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Lepanto in a statement cited bad faith and the alleged gross inexcusable negligence of Jasareno in announcing on national TV on September 27, 2016 that Lepanto had been recommended for suspension by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources audit team.
Read more: Lepanto Mining files corruption charge against Jasareno

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines need not follow the rules of "imperialists" by abiding with the Paris Agreement on climate change, President Duterte said.

Speaking before businessmen in Davao City last Friday – his 100th day in office – Duterte stressed it is unfair for the country to be subjected to limitations on carbon emissions when it has not yet maximized its industrial potentials.

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MANILA, Philippines - Metal production fell 14 percent to P48 billion in the first semester due to the sluggish metal price movement in the world market, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau reported.

The aggregate value of metal production for January to June this year was lower than the P56 billion recorded in the same period in 2015.
Read more: Metal production falls in H1

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