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PALACE: SMALL-SCALE MINING OPS SUSPENSION ALLOWS ENVIRONMENT RECOVERY



Meantime, in the wake of Ompong-induced landslides which left dozens of people dead, the Environment Department has ordered the suspension of small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

The move, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, will allow the environment to recover.

At least10,000 small-scale miners will be affected by the suspension, according to Roque.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Roque said, vowed to assist displaced miners through a 15-day cash for work program, and eventually, the provision of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).

Given that small-scale mining operations have been suspended in the region, the only way miners cab go back to business is through the Minahang Bayan.

Its approval, however, will depend on the nod of the DENR.

President Rodrigo Duterte, on Monday, said Congress should repeal the Philippine Mining Act to put an end to the practice which caused environmental destruction and worse, even deadly landslides.