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Chamber invites Duterte to ‘responsible’ mining sites
The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines has invited President Rodrigo Duterte to visit one of its facilities, following a fresh reminder for the industry to protect the environment in his annual policy speech.
The President can inspect Rio Tuba in Palawan, Oceana Gold in Nueva Vizcaya or Philex in Benguet, said the chamber’s executive director, Ronald Recidoro, in a television interview on July 24.
“These are prime examples of what responsible miners are and what they’re doing so he can distinguish us from operations going on in Diwalwal,” Recidoro said, referring to small-scale gold mines in Mindanao.
“The important thing to do is to get the President to visit one of our mines,” he told ANC’s Market Edge with Cathy Yang.
Recidoro said the chamber shared the President’s sentiments over destructive mining in his third State of the Nation Address on July 23.
“We are listening to what he said, and we will do our best to comply with his directive to protect the environment and give the Filipino people their due,” he said.