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Lopez defends ex-DENR exec Leo Jasareno: 'He's really clean'

Feb 09, 2017 - 4:27 PM

I still make all the decisions; he just gives me technical feedback And at every step of the way he s been breathtakingly honest Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says of her former undersecretary who headed the mining audit

TRUST. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez speaks during a press briefing in Malacañang on February 9, 2017. Malacañang photo

Duterte replaces environment official in charge of mining audit

Oct 11, 2016 - 7:35 PM

The new Acting Director IV of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau is Wifredo Moncano who has served as regional director of the MGB in the Davao Region since 2015

MINING AUDIT. In this file photo, then Environment Undersecretary Leo Jasareno (left) and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explain the mining audit to reporters on July 27, 2016. File photo from DENR's official Twitter account

10 more mines recommended for suspension – DENR

Sep 22, 2016 - 9:41 AM

Senior Undersecretary for Environment Leo Jasareno says the names of the 10 mines will be disclosed after evaluation

Lawmaker says DENR can't stop ore shipment of suspended mine

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:29 PM

I have to protect my investments There is no legal remedy for them to stop the shipment says Surigao del Sur Representative Prospero Pichay Jr who is also president of Claver Mineral Development Corporation

SHIPMENT ALLOWED. Surigao del Sur Representative Prospero Pichay Jr defends the ore shipment of suspended mining firm Claver Mineral Development Corporation. Pichay file photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA; Background photo from Claver's website

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Aug 12, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Lopez warns Semirara Mining: 'Get your act together'

Aug 12, 2016 - 9:10 AM

The environment department directs the audit team to further assess project area and validate allegation of environmental impacts of the mining operation in Caluya Antique

SEMIRARA MINING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks about her proposal to change her department's processes when it comes to the issuance of environmental compliance certificates. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

DENR: Review of Tampakan open-pit mine on 'final stage'

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:10 PM

By the 3rd week of August the environment department will decide on whether or not to cancel the project s environmental compliance certificate

OPEN-PIT MINING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez shows photos of Tampakan. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

DENR to suspend 2 mining companies in Eastern Samar

Aug 11, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says even with the ongoing audit she has not yet seen a model of responsible mining

DENR suspends operations of iron ore mine in Bulacan

Aug 10, 2016 - 3:43 PM

The department has verified complaints from residents that Ore Asia Mining Development Corporation caused siltation in a river which is a tributary of the Sibul spring

Gov't suspends 2 more mining firms in Palawan

Jul 27, 2016 - 2:58 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says more mining operations are likely to be suspended given the number of complaints her department has received

MINING AUDIT. Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Leo Jasareno (left) and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explain the mining audit to reporters on July 27, 2016. Photo from DENR's official Twitter account

PH metal production drops as world ore prices decrease

May 23, 2016 - 1:04 AM

The lackluster performance was due to the lower world metal prices brought about by excess supply and weaker global trade

EXCESS SUPPLY. The leading metals like gold, silver, copper and nickel all incurred sharp declines. Image from Shutterstock

MVP to gov't: Be kinder to mining

Nov 15, 2014 - 8:24 PM

Pangilinan says the mining industry faces more difficult times ahead

Gov’t lifts suspension on Philex’s Padcal mine

Aug 28, 2014 - 3:00 PM

The mining company has ‘substantially addressed’ the adverse impacts of the disastrous spill of mining sediments in Benguet in August 2012 says the Mines and Geosciences Bureau

REHAB MEASURES. A Philex Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo from Philex

3,000 Zambales mine workers fear loss of jobs

Aug 19, 2014 - 7:18 PM

Government experts found that the operations of 4 mining firms were causing nickel siltation in rivers farmlands fishponds and the sea in Sta Cruz town

PROTEST. Members of Mine Workers, Families, and Community CMWFC stage a protest rally to get support from local officials to lift the suspension order that the DENR issued against the 4 mining companies in Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Photo from Randy Datu

Draft bill for new mining tax regime finalized

Jun 02, 2014 - 7:00 AM

In the draft companies either pay 10 tax on gross revenues or 45 55 tax on adjusted mining revenues

MINING REFORM. Photo shows a visualization of the Tampakan mining site by Parsons Brinckerhoff for Swiss miner Xstrata

DENR raids illegal mining plant in CamNorte

Feb 09, 2014 - 5:06 PM

An MGB NBI team raids a mining plant of Bo Hai Top Mining in Labo Camarines Norte for operating without a permit

Mamanwa tribe perform ritual to lift mine suspension order

Dec 05, 2013 - 3:37 PM

They say the stopped operations has led to loss of livelihood and money for education and health programs

RITUAL. A Mamanwa native priest performs a ritual called 'padugo' which includes the slaughtering of a native pig, incantations and drinking pig's blood with a local wine in order to cast away 'evil' spirits 'clouding the judgement' of DENR officials. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

MGB allots P400M for completion of geohazard maps by 2014

Dec 01, 2013 - 12:32 AM

Part of the budget for 2014 will also be used to procure 15 new ground penetrating radars that will map geohazard zones

Leyte reconstruction: MGB maps 'no build zones'

Nov 24, 2013 - 10:15 AM

A team of geologists will be sent to Leyte to map where developments are threatened by landslides flooding or storm surges

DENR to study 'sinkhole' in Zambales

Jun 25, 2013 - 11:42 AM

Geologists sent by the government in the area are studying the rock formations along the beach

Photo by Randy Datu

Gov't revises 2013 mining targets

Apr 22, 2013 - 9:17 AM

The lifting of moratorium on new mining permit applications led the government to revise anew its investment projections

EO 79 was issued by President Benigno Aquino III on July 6, 2012

$1-B new mining investments seen

Mar 17, 2013 - 7:26 PM

The revised target of 718 million will likely be surpassed says Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Leo Jasareno

EO 79 was issued by President Benigno Aquino III on July 6, 2012

Govt allows Philex to resume mining operations

Feb 27, 2013 - 12:35 AM

Philex Mining can resume its gold copper mine operations in Benguet mountain province for up to 4 months

MINE SPILL. A Philex  Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo provided by Philex

Gov't to expand limestone quarry areas

Dec 30, 2012 - 7:35 PM

The government reviews the applications of cement companies for the expansion of limestone quarry areas

ComVal Gov: List of risk areas preposterous

Dec 07, 2012 - 11:47 AM

Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy cries foul over an MGB list of high risk areas in the province

SURVIVORS IN NEED. The authorities are asking for help to deliver supplies to the survivors in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. Photo from Philippine Army 10th Infantry Division's official Facebook page

ComVal Governor: We didn’t expect this damage

Dec 06, 2012 - 1:25 PM

ComVal officials say they did not expect the extent of the damage from Pablo but DENR execs say there were warned

GRIEF. Residents of New Bataan, Compostela Valley identify the remains of victims of the flooding and landslide in the area, caused by typhoon Pablo (Bopha), December 5, 2012. Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

2012 mining targets revised as investments drop

Nov 18, 2012 - 3:33 AM

Mining investments declined to US 160 million in the first 6 months of 2012 from 309 31 million registered a year ago prompting the government to revise full year targets

Xstrata mine project may go to court: South Cotabato gov

Jul 14, 2012 - 3:26 PM

Mines and Geosciences Board Leo Jasareno is however optimistic that legal action can be avoided and that South Cotabato officials can be persuaded to lift the ban

Philippines sources 68% of gold from small miners

Mar 04, 2012 - 4:27 PM

Small scale mining generates more than half of the country s total gold metal production in a year The country however doesn t benefit fully from it