Lopez: DENR will respect and support mining ban in Davao

August 6, 2016 By

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Sec. Gina Lopez lauded Davao City’s anti-mining ordinance and vowed to respect and support its implementation.

Lopez said the decision of the city government to go strongly against extractive mining operations within its jurisdiction deserved to be honored.

“That’s great. It is good,” Lopez said in a press conference at Ateneo de Davao University on Thursday. “The department will follow the rule of law and the common good. I will not let anything that will cause people’s suffering.”

Last year, the City council approved the ordinance banning all mining operations in Davao City. It was one of the legislations widely welcomed by the public, particularly organizations working to save and protect the environment.

Section 5 of the ordinance prohibits the approval of all forms of mining operations in any area within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City, except rocks and mineral substances classified under the quarry.

Violators will be charged with an administrative, civil or criminal case with 1 year imprisonment or a fine of P5000.

Previously, President Rodrigo Duterte, who was the mayor of the city when the ordinance was approved, said that no mining companies has dared to enter the city for the past 21 years because of the strong stance of the City Hall against mining. | CIO