DENR impose ‘greening’ of open-pit mines
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered some of the biggest miners in the country to plant trees and to continue to do progressive rehabilitation work on their open-pit mines in compliance with the directives of President Rodrigo Duterte on the protection of the environment.
To be specific, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) gave the miners six months to “continue greening the bald areas” in their mining sites and do revegetation work to restore the balance and make their areas more pleasing to look at.
Miners were also told to plant fast-growing trees and shrubs that thrive regardless of the weather, since Duterte is expecting to see trees “as tall as him” in mining sites by October.
“The order is in keeping with the role of the DENR and MGB [Mines and Geosciences Bureau] as stewards of the environment while regulating and keeping the mining industry thriving through responsible practices,” MGB said in a statement.
Cimatu also announced that the partial results of the DENR mine audit have already been submitted to him and that the Department is now “harmonizing” these results with those of the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC).
It was previously reported that the DENR and the MICC would conduct a “fact-finding and science-based” review and re-evaluation of the 26 mines that were ordered closed or suspended by then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez.