By Liezelle Soriano
Photo courtesy by PNA
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has ordered the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to intensify regulatory power in small and large-scale mining to ensure the safety of those working in the mines.
“Gusto natin ma-legalize ang mga small-scale mining firms kasi madami sa kanila illegal, kaya walang protection ang mga minero,” Marcos said.
“Gusto nating palakasin ang regulatory framework para maka-operate sila ng legal, upang mabigyan ang ating minero ng assistance at protection para sa ligtas nilang pagtatrabaho,” he added.
Marcos met with DENR officials in Malacañang on Tuesday.
“We might be able to access financing, they might be able to access social protection. Ang kawawa diyan ‘yung mga miners. They’re really not… they have no safety. Ang daming namamatay,” the President added.
Marcos is expected to certify several bills regarding small-scale mining, including Republic Act 7076.
“I think for now the need is for the regulatory capabilities, especially the small scale,” Marcos said.(ai/mtvn)