Thursday, 07 April 2011 11:54
The mines bureau is successful in “cleansing” half of all pending mining applications filed in various regional offices nationwide, this according to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 9 Information Officer Roservirico Tan.
Tan, in a press statement said, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) central office Acting Director Leo Jasareno reported that the bureau was able to take action on a total of 1,150 mining applications, or 53% of the 2,180 pending mining applications nationwide as of end of February 2011.
Of the total, the bureau was able to deny or disapprove some 903 mining applications and favorably endorsed some 247 mining applications, bringing the total to 1,150 mining applications acted upon by the bureau.
It can be recalled, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P Paje issued directive to MGB’s regional offices nationwide giving the bureau until February 20 to cleanse 50% of all their pending and inactive mining applications, and until December 2011 for the remaining 50%.
Part of the cleansing was the suspension/ deferment from accepting and processing new mining applications.
The “cleansing” move is a process of ridding off regional offices of ageing mining applications and inactive mining projects.
The suspension in 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.
Tan said DENR secretary is happy with the initial success of the “cleansing” process.
According to Tan, Paje stressed that this initial report of MGB’s success is being treated as a “step forward in our drive to reform not only the mining industry but also our ranks as we try to eliminate all opportunities for corruption,” (JPA-PIA9 Zambo City)
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