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PNoy pushes for responsible mining

PNoy pushes for responsible mining

By: Bernabe Almirol

Malacañang Palace, MANILA – President Benigno Aquino Jr. summoned OceanaGold Philippines Inc., SR Metals, Silangan Mindanao Mining, RioTuba Nickel Mining, and Coral Bay Nickel to personally hand over the Presidential Mineral Industry Award to honor 2015’s “responsible mining companies”.

Earlier in November last year, the said mining companies who demonstrated outstanding performance in mine safety, health, environment and community development were honored during the 62nd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference held at Camp John Hay in Baguio City.

“We cannot simply ignore the value of mining that is done responsibly, under fair and effective government regulation. The Philippines, after all, is one of the most mineral-rich countries in the world, and I believe it to be government’s responsibility to pave pathways through which our countrymen can benefit from our natural resources in a responsible and sustainable manner. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason for our gathering: Because as we have pursued a cleaner, safer mining landscape, the companies honored today have worked with us, helping usher in the next progressive era in your industry.” Pres. Aquino said in his speech.

Aquino cited the contribution of mining companies in the realisation of the target to plant 1.5-billion seedlings in 1.5-million hectares around the country. “Our honorable Sec. Mon Paje tells me that we are on track to reach this goal by this year,”  the President declared.

The President also announced that the government has completed the country’s mineral industry development map. Some agriculture and tourism areas were considered “No GO” zones.

In closing, President Aquino encouraged the mining industry to continue and improve their “good work and fruitful engagement with host communities and the government.”

“Together, the Filipino people have already achieved so much in the past five years and seven months, and with partners like you, I am confident that, even as I step down from office, our nation will choose to tread the Straight Path, and give rise to a future where the Philippines can continue to stand tall, and reach heights never before seen,” he said.

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