Nine mining firms were suspended and closure of three companies following a comprehensive review was ordered by The Department of Environment and Natural Resources
The review was in line with the motion for reconsideration filed by 13 mining firms that appealed their closure or suspension.
Based on a resolution issued by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu dated Nov. 12, three of 12 mining companies that were previously ordered closed were ordered to remain closed.
DENR has also disallowed the transport of ore until full rehabilitation has been undertaken by these mining companies.
On the other hand, the nine mining firms that were ordered suspended were Zambales Diversified Metals Corp., Krominco, Mt. Sinai Exploration and Development Corp., Libjo Mining Corp., Wellex Mining Corp. 1&2, Carrascal Nickel Corp., AAMPHIL Natural Resources and Exploration and Development Corp., Strong Built Mining Development and Emir Mineral Resources.
With additional reports: Catherine Talavera