- President Duterte appointed Mario Luis Jacinto as the new Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) director
- Jacinto will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of mining projects in the Philippines
- He was the former chief of the environment and natural resources office in Davao City
President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte on Monday appointed Mario Luis Jacinto as the new Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) director. He will now be in charge of overseeing the implementation of mining projects in the Philippines.
In his Presidential Directive No. 002, Duterte replaced Leo Jasareno with Jacinto as the new mines bureau chief. The new MGB director, who is also the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) undersecretary, will be given the power to supervise the Environmental Management Bureau’s operations and organization.
Jacinto will also help DENR Secretary Gina Lopez in reviewing permits for mining firms. He was Davao City’s former environment and natural resources chief during Duterte’s time as the city Mayor.
The President has talked about dealing with the problems caused by mining ever since the election campaign. He appointed Gina Lopez, a known anti-mining advocate, as the new DENR chief. Duterte has given his support to Lopez in cracking down unsafe practices of mining companies.
According to Lopez, the DENR has already stopped four mining operations in Zambales and three operations in Palawan due to their unsafe and illegal mining practices.
Duterte also told the media that the Philippine economy can survive without the revenue from mining companies.
“I can forego the P40 billion I collect from you guys and the Filipinos will survive without you. Either you follow strictly government standards or you close down,” the President warned.
In an earlier interview, Lopez said that mining in the country causes suffering for the Filipino communities near mining sites.
"You cannot build an economy, a company based on suffering. I will not allow it to happen in DENR," Lopez vowed. – Kami Media