Schematic illustration of an open-pit mine

Schematic illustration of an open-pit mine

De Lima seeks probe into Duterte gov’t move to lift ban on open-pit mining

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA – Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima calls for a Senate inquiry into the recent decision of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to lift the ban on open-pit mining in the country.

De Lima filed the Proposed Senate Resolution urging the appropriate Senate Committee to review the said decision and explore other avenues for generating wealth without compromising people’s safety and damaging the environment.

“There is a need to conduct a thorough review of this policy decision as this can potentially open up the country once more to irresponsible mining practices which could further compromise the environment and pose health and safety risks to people and their communities,” she said.

(ai/mtvn)

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