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LGUs now part of mineral development council

Tacloban City (February 1) -- In order to further promote and encourage the participation of the Local Government Units in promoting and developing socially responsible mining in the country, they have been made to become part of the Minerals Development Council.

Executive Order No. 469 which was issued by the President on October 11, 2005, was amended to include the participation of the Local Government Units in the Minerals Development Council.

The amendment of EO 469 increases the number of council members to include the representatives of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, League of Provinces of the Philippines, League of Cities of the Philippines and Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas.

The inclusion of the LGUs brings to18 the members of the Council which include key officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Presidential Adviser for Multilateral Development (Vice Chairman), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Finance (DoF), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Land Reform, Department of Agriculture (DAR), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Presidential Management Staff, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines.

DENR Secretary Lito Atienza who is the Chairman of the MDC said that the involvement of the local government in the Minerals Development Council is very important because the local chief executives are the most knowledgeable about the situation in their respective areas. They are also mandated to protect their constituents against potential hazards.

The Minerals Development Council acts as an oversight committee to boost the administration's goal of securing a total of $6 billion in mining investments in the next few years.

The MDC, which is under the Office of the President, also performs such tasks as coordinate national agencies and local government units in order to harmonize investment-related requirements and procedures; facilitate investments in the minerals industry; assist mining investors by providing them information, guidance, direction and solutions to their investment problems; review all aspects in mining investments, including coming up with short-term and long-term measures for the sector's sustainability.

The MDC likewise advises the President on effective solutions to problems confronting the entry of mining investments into the country; promote investments in the minerals industry; and prepare and submit reports to the President on the status of investments in the minerals industry. (PIA 8) [top]

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