MANILA, Philippines – The province of Agusan del Norte has called on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to involve local government units (LGUs) in the government's ongoing purge on irresponsible mining in the country.
Read more: DENR urged to involve LGUs in crackdown vs bad miners

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This is how bad our country has become. The newest, yet hidden oligarch in the Philippines isn't even a Filipino: He is the Indonesian magnate Anthoni Salim.

If President Duterte tries to make a list of oligarchs in the country — the few who rule the commanding heights of the economy — he is likely to miss Salim, for he may not have read his name in the country's biggest newspapers.
Read more: The newest, yet hidden, Philippine oligarch isn't even Filipino: Anthoni Salim

AMID THE government's crackdown on erring mining companies, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) chief acknowledged some firms are "good examples" for responsible mining.
Read more: Good examples of responsible mining cited

An official of the National Economic and Development Authority said the closure of the mining industry will affect the gross domestic product.

"What is really clear on my part is that total closure of mining will really have an impact on our attainment of GDP [growth target]. That is one of the risks and one of the factors that we are looking at," Neda director for agriculture, natural resources and environment Mercedita Sombilla said at the sidelines of the 2016 Philippine Mining International Conference at Marriott Hotel in Parañaque City.
Read more: Neda cites mining contribution to GDP

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