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Philippine­s lifts mining moratorium

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MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the nine-year moratorium on new mining agreements to maximise the country’s benefit from the industry, the presidenti­al office said yesterday.

“The Department of Environmen­t and Natural Resources may continue to grant and issue exploratio­n permits under existing laws, rules, and guidelines,” according to an executive order (EO) signed by Duterte.

The EO added that those who will get permits “shall be given the right of (the) first option to develop and utilise the minerals in their exploratio­n area upon the approval of the declaratio­n of mining project feasibilit­y.”

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