By Tetch Torres-Tupas
The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) through retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno and retired Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza to participate in the debate on the petition that challenges anew the constitutionality of the Mining Act of 1995.
What is the role of the Supreme Court in the questions about the Mining Act of 1995?
By DJ Yap
, Riza Olchondra
President Benigno Aquino III’s marching orders to Environment Secretary Ramon Paje brooked no argument: Do not compromise on the environment.
By Frinston Lim
, Germelina Lacorte
, Judy Quiros
The much-anticipated new mining policy of the Aquino administration may very well spell the end of the “pick and shovel” practice of small-scale miners, according to Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy.
By Kristine L. Alave
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the National Tourism Council last week endorsed proposals to delineate hundreds of areas as “no-mining zones.”
Catholic and Protestant bishops have called on Congress anew to scrap the Mining Act of 1995, which allows foreign companies to explore and extract minerals in the country, and to pass House Bill No. 4315 or the People’s Mining Bill, which was filed by militant legislators in March.
By Riza T. Olchondra
, Tarra Quismundo
The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) has dismissed claims its members were destroying the environment and put the blame squarely on unregulated small-scale mining and slash-and-burn farming methods. Since the Mining Act of 1995, the government has strictly enforced adherence to responsible mining and clearly delineated mining areas to preserve the environment, the [...]