24 June 2017, Davao City – MGB Concurrent Director Mario Luis Jacinto wears three hats on the anticipated Mining Engineers conference in Davao City – His, DENR Cimatu’s and President Rodrigo Duterte’s.
The Concurrent Director also gives a hint, not only on the content of the DENR secretary’s speech, but what the Duterte administration really thinks of mining. Continue reading
IN FOCUS: Open Pit Mines as Assets for Ecotourism and Waste to Energy Projects
15 June 2017, Makati Shangri-la – During a Q&A session, Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) President Butch Alcantara asks DENR team on 1. clear turnover guidelines post mine operations and 2. the prospect of open pit mines to become assets for ecotourism and waste to energy projects. Continue reading
IN FOCUS: General Roy Cimatu, DENR Secretary 15 June 2017, Makati Shangri-la TALKING POINTS: 1. Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) between Japan & the Philippines 2. Environmental Clearances for Investors 3. Waste to Energy Projects through the aid of foreign countries 4. Water Security through DENR’s National Water Security Roadmap 5. Developments in the Philippine Mining … Continue reading
If indeed that this MICC review is already taking place, is it fair enough to assume that no deals be done yet while MICC is still reviewing each case? Why is CNC signing a deal with our Chinese neighbors, as if it’s already in the bag? Where is the due process? Continue reading
Where is the Philippines in all of these? Plenty. Now that we are in the Golden Age of Infrastructure with a slogan proposing to “Build, Build, Build”, the Duterte administration has been making loans from its neighbors particularly China to help achieve this. The Duterte administration is making sure that this relationship will reap its rewards. The brazen and aggressive illegal black sand mining that happened in Zambales is just a speck of what the China-Philippine partnership can do to our shores. With steel manufacturing a priority in China, the Zambales case is no coincidence and will most likely happen again especially now that the pact (and fate) between these two countries are inevitably sealed. Continue reading