PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Mining firms in C. Visayas implement programs to protect the env’tby Fayette C. Riñen
CEBU CITY, January 3 (PIA) -- Mining firms in Central Visayas, mostly based in Cebu have implemented their own programs aimed at protecting the environment as mandated under the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.
Department of Natural Resources and Environment - Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) 7 Director Loreto Alburo said the law requires mining companies to implement environmental protection and enhancement programs (EPEP).
Based on the MGB 7 record, mining firms spent a total of P186.2 million worth of projects related to the protection and enhancement of the environment, Loreto declared.
Environmental protection programs implemented by the mining firms include the rehabilitation of the mined areas and potential land uses of the site as well as environmental protection measures during the actual operation of the mining activity, this is said.
Out of the P186.2 million total EPEP implemented, Carmen Copper Corporation in Toledo City spent the biggest share with P156.7 million followed by Apo Cement Corp. and Apo Land and Quarry Corp. in the City of Naga with P11.2 million.
Taiheiyo Cement Philippines Inc. and Solid Earth Development Corp. in the Municipality of San Fernando in southern Cebu allocated a total of P5.06 million for their environmental protection programs.
Other mining companies that also adopted rehabilitation and enhancement programs for the environment included the Philippine Mining Service Corp. and Dolomite Mining Corp. in Alcoy, Cebu with P5.9 million; Philippine Mining Service Corp. and Bohol Limestone Corp. in Garcia-Hernandez town in Bohol with P3.5 million; and P2 million from the JLR Construction and Aggregates Inc. in the City of Naga. (PIA-Cebu)