DENR lifts moratorium on the acceptance, processing and approval of applications for Exploration Permit

Iloilo City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has issued Department Administrative Order 2018-13 with the subject “Lifting of the Moratorium on the Acceptance, Processing and/or Approval of Applications for Exploration Permit under DENR Memorandum Order N0. 2016-01.”

DAO 2018-13 states that “in view  of the completion   of the audit  of all mining  operations   pursuant  to Department  of Environment  and Natural  Resources  (DENR)  Memorandum   Order (DMO)  No.  2016-01, re: Audit of All Operating Mines and Moratorium on New Mining Projects, and in line with the President’s  Economic  Agenda,  particularly  on increasing  competitiveness   and  the  ease  of doing  business  to  attract  local  and foreign   direct   investment   to  the  country,   the  moratorium   on  the  acceptance, processing  and/or  approval  of applications  for Exploration  Permit  (EP) for metallic and  non-metallic   minerals  under  the  said  DMO  are  hereby  lifted.”

DMO 2016-01 was issued by previous DENR Secretary Gina Lopez ordering the audit of all operating mines and a moratorium on new mining projects.

Further, the newly-issued DAO specifies that “EP applications shall be filed in the Mines and Geosciences   Bureau (MGB) Regional Office concerned for acceptance, processing, and approval pursuant to the pertinent provisions of DENR Administrative Order Nos. 2010-21, re: Providing for   a   Consolidated  Department   of   Environment   and   Natural   Resources Administrative Order for the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 7942, Otherwise Known as the “Philippine Mining Act of 1995′: and  2012-07, re:   Rules and Regulation to Implement Executive Order No. 79 Dated 06 July 2012,  Entitled:  Institutionalizing  and  Implementing  Reforms  in  the  Philippine Mining  Sector,  Providing  Policies  and  Guidelines  to  Ensure  Environmental Protection and Responsible Mining in the Utilization of Mineral Resources.

Signed on July 3, 2018, and published on a national daily newspaper today, the said DAO “takes effect 15 days after publication  in a newspaper  of national circulation   and  acknowledgment    by  the  Office   of  the  National   Administrative Registry  (ONAR).” (MGB, DENR RO-6)

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