Philippines cancels environmental permits of four mining projects


Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has cancelled environmental compliance certificates (ECC) for four mining projects, which includes Norwegian firm Intex Resources' proposed $2.5bn nickel mine on Mindoro island.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez was quoted by Reuters as saying that the Intex Resources project would have damaged the environment, given that it will be located on a watershed.

ECCs were also cancelled for Forumn Cebu Coal Corp in Cebu, CEKAS Development Corp in Misamis Oriental, and Eaglerock Mining Corp in Zamboanga del Sur, reported Businessmirror.com.ph.

The South East Asian nation is reviewing ECCs granted to the mines.

On 31 January, the Philippines is expected to release the environmental audit of the 41 operating mines.

"On January 31 we will announce the result of the mining audit."

Lopez was quoted by Businessmirror.com.ph as saying: “On January 31 we will announce the result of the mining audit, and the following week, we will announce whether those already issued with suspension order will remain suspended or not.

“As I’ve said, the DENR has adopted social justice as its heart and soul. All projects that will cause people to suffer will have to stop.”

Earlier in December, the ECCs of three nickel mines were cancelled by Lopez, who is known to be an antimining advocate.

DENR is currently evaluating approximately 800 ECCs for various development projects in the country.