Mining implementing rules released

Posted at 09/11/12 7:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The government has released new rules and regulations for the mining industry, saying companies and individuals involved in mining disasters will be barred from the industry unless they clean up the damage. 

Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) director Leo Jasareno said people involved in one incident can't hide behind a new company.

"If a mining applicant has been involved in any environmental incident like destructive tailing spill, it will be barred, forever disqualified from acquiring mining rights unless such applicant can provide required remediation measure provided by the law," he told ANC's Coco Alcuaz on News Now.

"The IRR proceeds in saying it's not just mining applicant but it includes the individual owners, shareholders, if they have been part, they are also disqualified."

The implementing rules and regulations were released today, two months after President Benigno Aquino released his executive order on mining. 

The EO and the implementing rules are meant to attract investment, while protecting the environment. 

Jasareno said the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) has four months to draw up a map that will specify "no-go" zones for mining. 

"The IRR has mandated NAMRIA to come up with an integrated map, which will contain all thematic maps from boundaries of agricultural lands to eco-tourism sites, so once identified in a map with technical descriptions, it would be very easy for the MGB to identify if area open or closed to mining... It will minimize arbitrariness so whatever the map will say we will follow," he said. - ANC