#MineResponsibility Campaign Seeks to Address Misconceptions About the Mining Industry
by Inside Manila Team, November 18, 2019 4:33pm
After Indonesia, the Philippines is the world’s biggest supplier of nickel. Our mining industry prospers as our country is rich in minerals. But mining also affects our environment’s state. Even President Rodrigo Duterte wants to put an end to mining. Now that move will be fulfilled through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) campaign.
Dubbed the #MineResponsibility campaign, the project is the brainchild of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu and DENR Undersecretary for Climate Change and Mining Concerns Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh and seeks to recreate a clearer and more factual image of the mining industry in the Philippines.
This nationwide information campaign is part of the department’s intensified drive to ensure responsible mining in the country.
"We now have better and stronger policies in place to protect the environment and local communities and to mine with a long-term positive effect. We should not be wasting the massive mineral wealth of the Philippines when it can be used to benefit the people," Cimatu said in a statement.
Meanwhile, MGB Director Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano emphasized that the information campaign aims to promote an inclusive approach in ensuring the mining industry's commitment to the protection of people and the environment. Undersecretary Rebuelta-Teh stressed that they take the issues of mining seriously, improving the mining industry since the start of the Duterte administration
The efforts to strengthen environmental protection and community protection began with the founding of the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC), the purpose of which was to be a third party auditing the large-scale mining operations of certain companies.
Among the effort was the reduction of the maximum disturbed area for large-scale mining operations, or the area that an operation can disturb and must begin rehabilitating before expanding operations to another area.
MGB also began an initiative expediting the license applications of small-scale mining groups to legitimize them and encourage them to join the Minahang Bayan in their local communities and areas. A Minahang Bayan, under the People's Small-Scale Mining Act, is a cooperative of small-scale mines operating as one unit.
Excise and income taxes were also waived for small-scale mining operations to incentivize them to formalize their operations.
The campaign consists of informative videos, printed materials, and materials in social media on #MineResponsibility which will be disseminated nationwide this year and next year.
All these initiatives have now led to the #MineResponsibility education and information campaign, which seeks to inform the general public about mining and its benefits to Philippine society, to address misconceptions about the mining industry, and to make citizens allies in ensuring responsible mining.