The MICC, co-chaired by Lopez and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, is set to form five technical teams to look into the impacts of mining operations in terms of technical, legal, social, environmental and economic aspects.

Lopez said she wanted the members of each team mentored by experts who are committed to social justice.

"Before they go out I would like that they have an orientation from the far-excellent people from the fields that they are working in, who have a commitment to social justice so that they do whatever they do in the field of social justice," Lopez said.

She added: "If we are going there to make our people's lives better, only good things can come out of that. This will put MICC in a whole new arena."

During the first MICC meeting, it was agreed upon that the council's findings will be purely recommendatory and the focus of the review will be on the mining operations and not on the DENR decision to close down 22 mines and suspend four others due to serious environmental violations.

The MICC also decided to create a recruitment committee in charge of selecting the members of the technical teams.

Members of the technical teams must not be employed in any capacity, direct or indirect, by any operating mine in the country, and must not be a member of any anti-mining organization.

They should also have at least 10 years applied exploration, mining, milling or environmental and social development experience; and must have relevant professional license or in lieu, at least 20 years relevant experience.

Finance Undersecretary Bayani Agabin said the final list of the review teams is expected to be finished next week.

For her part, DENR Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna said the environment department is putting the mining industry forward so that "it will not cause social injustice."

"The MICC was created to look for policies that will make it better for the state and the Filipino people," Luna said.

Moreover, Luna said the review teams will conduct a "fact-finding and research type of activity" that will look at the mining operations and not at the results of the DENR review of mining operations.

Also present in the MICC meeting were Vice Governor Antonio Albano of Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), and representatives from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the National Economic and Development Authority, Office of the Solicitor General and Office of the President. #

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ArborDayThe Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 highlights the celebration of this year’s Philippine Arbor Day by spearheading a tree planting activity at Brgy. Salvacion, Palo, Leyte.


The event was participated by over two hundred (200) volunteers from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd), local government unit of Palo, barangay local government unit of Salvacion, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Tacloban Chapter, Pepsi Cola, Office of Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda Romualdez, DENR regional office, CENRO Palo, PENRO Leyte, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). Read more...

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DENR Secretary Gina Lopez leads employees of DENR region 8 in an oath to take care of the environment and be better stewards of the earth. Employees also committed to work for integrity, public service, and common good. The oath of commitment was made by the employees during the visit of Secretary Lopez to DENR regional office on January 16, 2016.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca presents the region’s central nursery and the 12-hectare Leyte Gulf Mangrove Rehabilitation Project site at Brgy. Anibong, Tacloban City to Green Climate Fund (GCF) Director Javier Manazares (seated, 3rd from left) and Demetrio Innocenti (seated, 4th from left). The project implemented in 2014 in the hardest hit provinces of Leyte, Samar, and Eastern Samar by Typhoon Yolanda envisions to restore the lush mangroves in said areas, emphasizing on the crucial role these mangroves play in protecting the coastline, preventing coastal erosion, serving as buffer for tidal currents and storm driven waves, and mitigating the unavoidable impacts of climate change. GCF visited the area for an ocular inspection in response to the request of Secretary Lopez for financial assistance in support to the department’s programs and projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Also in photo are (seated L-R) ERDB Director Henry Adornado, ASec Junie Hernandez, Assistant Secretary Evelyn Cruzada of the Performance and Projects Management Office, office of the Cabinet Secretary.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in region 8 recognizes the important role played by indigenous communities in the protection and preservation of the region’s protected areas. In photo is the Mamanwa Indigenous Community in Burauen, Leyte joining this year’s Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park Outdoor Festival held on February 3, coinciding with the declaration of MVNP as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act. The event intends to showcase the natural park as a home to various species of flora and fauna including the Philippine Eagle, and promote the preservation of the rich biodiversity in the area. 

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