DENR Secretary Cimatu orders strict monitoring and imposition of sanctions on non-compliant miners

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu directed the Regional Directors of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) to strictly monitor mining operations, impose penalties on erring mining companies and immediately remediate damages in a memorandum he issued on July 14, 2017.

The DENR Secretary specifically ordered the MGB Regional Directors to implement the following:  1) strict and continuous monitoring of mining operations in accordance with the standards set forth under the existing mining and environmental laws, rules and regulations, particularly on the environmental, social and safety provisions of the mining law and regulations; 2) conduct immediate investigation and imposition of appropriate penalties and sanctions on violations committed; and 3) immediate implementation of appropriate remediation/rehabilitation of adverse effects/damages, including the prompt assessment and payment of compensation to the affected individual/s.

DENR Secretary Cimatu stressed that irresponsible mining should never be allowed in all parts of the country. (MGB RO 6)

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