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Bizmen seek lifting of open-pit mining ban in Zambo Norte

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Businessmen from the Mindanao chapter of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Inc. (PCCI) called for a repeal of a provincial ordinance issued by Zamboanga del Norte which banned open-pit mining in the province.

PCCI explained that the provincial ordinance contravene the national mining policy as embodied by Republic Act 7942, or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.

“Aside from contradicting national policy, the local ordinance undermines the effort of revitalizing the industrialization of our country­—a key economic fundamental being pushed by the national business Chamber,” said PCCI in a joint statement.

The joint statement was signed by Michael M. Malacca, president of the Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Edgar M. Bagarinao, regional governor of PCCI Western Mindanao; and Edwin B. Capili, area vice president of PCCI Mindanao.  “The imposition of inconsistent policies and rules is never good for business as it provides a very unstable ground for business growth. Such volatility will scare away investors from our country,” the statement read.

The group noted the mining industry acts as a catalyst for the development of mining communities which are mostly in far-flung, remote areas.

“It induces greater economic, social and cultural development. It increases revenues thereby helping the local government units provide services to their constituencies at the barangay, municipal and provincial levels,” the statement read.

Canadian mining firm TVI Resource Development ( Philippines ) Inc. (Tvird) said it welcomes the call made by the Mindanao chapter of PCCI to repeal the provincial ordinance which effectively bans open-pit mining in Zamboanga del Norte.




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