The pits

Panay News - - OPINION -

AFEW days ago, some min­ers were so happy. The Min­ing In­dus­try Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil (MICC) de­cided to rec­om­mend the lift­ing of the ban on open-pit mine in the coun­try. How­ever, the min­ers are also govern­ment wi l sus­pend the grant­ing hop­ing that the govern­ment will of new min­eral agree­ments un­til move to fi­nally re­solve the is­sues ex­ist­ing min­ing laws are amended. sur­round­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 79 These amend­ments al­low for the (EO 79) which bans the en­try of new ra­tio­nal­iza­tion of ex­ist­ing rev­enue- min­ing projects. and- ben­e­fit- shar­ing schemes and For us to fully un­der­stand the in­cen­tives given to min­ing com­pa­nies is­sue, let us dis­cuss the fea­tures and to en­sure that the coun­try ben­e­fits pur­pose of the said EO. from the rich min­eral re­sources in The EO sets the pol­icy frame­work its ter­ri­tory. that guides govern­ment and other The ef­fect of these rev­enues will stake­hold­ers in the im­ple­men­ta­tion be main­tained since the EO al­lows and op­er­a­tional­iza­tion of min­ing ex­ist­ing mines and op­er­a­tions to laws, rules and reg­u­la­tions. It also con­tinue. These ex­ist­ing min­ing pro­vides con­crete steps and so­lu­tions op­er­a­tions, prior to the ef­fec­tiv­ity of to ma­jor is­sues and con­cerns of the the EO, will not be af­fected pro­vided min­ing sec­tor. they com­ply with ex­ist­ing laws and

It sets the di­rec­tion and lays the min­ing poli­cies. foun­da­tion for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of This has a great af­fect to the re­spon­si­ble min­ing poli­cies. govern­ment be­cause it will have

Lastly, i t aims to i mprove ad­di­tional rev­enues for fund­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal min­ing stan­dards var­i­ous so­cial ser­vices, ed­u­ca­tion and in­crease rev­enues to pro­mote and health. Most of all, it will lessen sus­tain­able eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment the im­pact of min­ing on the health and so­cial growth, both at the of the peo­ple as well as on the na­tional and lo­cal lev­els. en­vi­ron­ment.

The said EO a lows the con­tin­u­ance Ac­tu­ally, the EO has many ben­e­fits of ex­ist­ing min­ing op­er­a­tions, but the es­pe­cially for the min­ers as pro­vided It un­der Sec­tions 5 to 8.

Re­gard­ing the con­cern of the min­ers on the ban of open-pit min­ing, I be­lieve it could wait. It will take a year or less to im­prove the reg­u­la­tion re­gard­ing it and to dis­cuss on how the pro­duced rev­enues may be shared.

No need to fuss too much over the 1987 Philip­pine Con­sti­tu­tion; it gives the state the duty to ex­plore, de­velop, and uti­lize the coun­try’s min­eral re­sources.

*** ( Atty. Ayin Dream D. Aplasca prac­tices her pro­fes­sion in Iloilo City.

com/ PN) She may be reached thru ayin­dream. aplasca@gmail.

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