10 more mines recommended for suspension – DENR

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10 more mines recommended for suspension – DENR
Senior Undersecretary for Environment Leo Jasareno says the names of the 10 mines will be disclosed after evaluation

MANILA, Philippines – Audit teams of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have recommended the suspension of 10 more mines, according to a top environment official.

“The audit teams have recommended for suspension 10 more mines. This is for evaluation by the DENR,” Senior Undersecretary for Environment Leo Jasareno told Rappler in a text message on Thursday, September 22.

He added that more information, including the names of the 10 mines, will be disclosed after the evaluation, which may be on Monday, September 26.

To date, the DENR has already suspended the mining operations of 10 firms:

During the DENR’s budget hearing at the House of Representatives on September 5, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez revealed her department had completed its audit on all existing mines in the country.

She vowed then to “definitely” suspend more mining operations, including large-scale ones, based on “technical” reasons that are “backed by scientific data.” Rappler.com

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Jee Y. Geronimo

Jee is part of Rappler's Central Desk, handling most of the world, science, and environment stories on the site. She enjoys listening to podcasts and K-pop, watching Asian dramas, and running long distances. She hopes to visit Israel someday to retrace the steps of her Savior.