Before this administration formally started, certain pronouncements had already been made by the then-President-elect on his policy on mining: to curb illegal and irresponsible mining and for mining companies to comply with the laws and international standards, particularly that of Australia and Canada. Some mining companies, including Philex, openly supported the President's call. And why not? Illegal and irresponsible mining was bad for business, bad for the economy.
Read more: There (still) is life in mining!

The regional office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau is working on the applications for the declaration of a Minahang Bayan in the Davao region, said MGB-11 officer-in-charge engineer Wilfredo Moncano.

"There are 15 applications now pending at the MGB central office and we also have 10 previously declared Minahang Bayan that we wanted recognized by the central office," Moncano told a press conference at the Kape at Habi in Abreeza Mall on Wednesday.
Read more: MGB eyes common Davao mining areas

DAVAO CITY—Agusan del Norte Gov. Angel Amante-Matba on Thursday said local executives in mining areas should be given a bigger role in monitoring and ensuring responsible mining operations.
Amante-Matba said this would also give them a lead role in protecting the environment and the community and preserving natural resources.
Read more: Give LGUs bigger role in mining

DAVAO CITY -- Members of the Mindanao Association of Mining Engineers (MAEM) will hold their annual summit this month, now on its 22nd year, but this time with the participation of all stakeholders in an attempt to get a consensus on the direction of the industry that is undergoing a shake-up from the Duterte administration.
Wilfredo G. Moncano, acting officer-in-charge of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Region 11 and represents the professional sector in MAEM, said the "solidarity summit" will gather representatives from mining companies, technical experts, the academe, and indigenous people (IP) communities that are affected by mining operations.
Read more: Summit seeks unified declaration on mining

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