MICC starts review of mining operations
The interagency Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) is set to begin this month its “fact-finding and science-based” review of an initial batch of 26 mine sites ordered suspended or closed by former Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez.
In a statement, Assistant Secretary Mercedita Sombilla of the National Economic and Development Authority said the review “should come up with recommendations on mining-related methodologies and procedures to maximize the benefits of mining and avoid damages; the list of inefficiencies/violations/ damages done by mining companies that are difficult to address by the DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) alone; and the appropriate penalties that have to be imposed for such inefficiencies/violations/ damages done.”
The MICC is co-chaired by Secretary Roy Cimatu of the DENR and Secretary Carlos Dominguez III of the Department of Finance (DOF).
The first 26 mines to be assessed were sanctioned due to allegedly violating environmental laws.