IN spite of our misgivings, and obviously, the fears of nearly every stakeholder in the Philippines' mining sector, the method to the apparent madness of the aggressive campaign to 'clean up' the nation's mining industry by Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez is becoming clear, and may just lead to a more sustainable and productive future.
Read more: Decision time looms for the mining industry

MANILA, Philippines – The development of domestic mineral processing plants should be the long-term goal of the government to generate more employment and significantly improve the mining industry's contribution to the economy, Senator Cynthia Villar said yesterday.
Read more: Development of mineral processing plants a long-term goal

SINGAPORE -- The Philippines should follow Indonesia's lead and prohibit the export of raw metal ores, according to Indonesian National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, who said he was a big supporter of the curbs imposed by his country and results so far have been a success.
The restrictions have helped to spur the local manufacture of greater-value products, the former Indonesian finance minister said in an interview in Singapore on Monday.
Read more: Ore-ban talk gathers pace in Asia

BUDGET Secretary Benjamin Diokno asked Congress to adopt a joint resolution that will allow the Department of Budget and Management to increase the salary of government employees beginning this year.

During the briefing of the Development Budget Coordinating Committee at the House of Representatives, Diokno said since the fourth Salary Standardization Law was not passed during the 16th Congress, the House ought to pass an interim measure.
Read more: DBM asks Congress for pay hike authority

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