Feb 20, 2011

No More Mining applications This Year – DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will no longer accept and process new mining applications until the end of 2011 in view of the ongoing assessment of pending and inactive mining projects in the country.

DENR Secretary Ramon Paje gave the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) regional officials until February 20 to cleanse their respective regions of 50 percent of all pending and inactive mining applications, and until December 2011 for the remaining 50 percent.

Due to the ongoing “cleansing” of mining applications, the DENR chief directed all MGB regional directors to refrain from accepting and processing new mining applications nationwide.

MGB records show that there are currently 2,180 pending mining applications filed in various MGB regional offices.

He pointed out that the suspension of the issuance of new mining permits is part of the reforms in the mining sector in a move to enhance the management of the country’s natural resources.

“We are now in the process of implementing our ‘use it or lose it policy’, where we will be cancelling mining applications that were unable to comply with the all the requirements set by the government, including mining tenements that have remained inactive and unproductive through the years,” Paje said.

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