9 mines get softer sanction after Gina Lopez’s closure order
These mining sites scored a reprieve from the new secretary.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu gave a new lease at life for nine mines which were previously shut down by ex-Sec. Gina Lopez.
In a set of resolutions, Cimatu on Nov. 12 allowed nine mining companies were saved from closure and are now just facing suspensions.
These are the Zambales Diversified Metals Corp., Krominco Inc., Mt. Sinai Exploration and Development Corp., Libjo Mining Corp., Wellex Mining Cop. 1 and 2, Carrascal Nickel Corp., AAMPHIL Natural Resources Exploration and Development Corp., Strong Built Mining Development Corp., and Emir Mineral Resources Corp.
“On top of the payment of the fines and penalties, these companies were directed to undertake corrective measures within a timetable. Failure to implement these measures will result in the reinstatement of the Cancellation Order previously issued to these companies,” the agency said in a statement.
However, three mine sites were ordered to remain shut: Claver Mineral Development Corp., Oriental Synergy Mining Corp., and Ore Asia Mining and Development Corp.