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News: Iloilo quarry operators back DENR program - 11 Jan 2008
The Iloilo Quarry Permittees Association, Inc. (IQPAI) has given its support to the “greening program” of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources while at the same time promoting mining operations. 

IQPAI, an association of 48 quarry operators in Western Visayas involved in sand-and-gravel and other small-scale mining in Iloilo, signed recently a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the DENR to help strengthen the government’s greening efforts through President Arroyo’s Green Philippines Program (GPP).
According to Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza, IQPAI’s move bolsters the government’s efforts to create a strong mining industry while, at the same time protecting and preserving the environment.

Atienza pointed out that “mining activities going hand in hand with caring for the environment is now among the programs of President Arroyo.  This is also the direction that the DENR has taken.”

Under the agreement with the DENR, IQPAI has committed to establish a five-hectare forest plantation within the 854-hectare Bulabog-Putian National Park in Dingle, Iloilo to help restore and rehabilitate the protected area.
IQPAI will provide the funds needed for labor, materials, maintenance and other expenses for the project. The funds would come from the mine rehabilitation cash fund of the IQPAI.
IQPAI president Joebert A. Anares said the association would expand the forest plantation by five hectares per year in the next five years until it reaches the total of 25 hectares of forest area developed within the national park.

Under the revitalized mining industry, the DENR strictly requires every mining company to implement extensive environmental programs even during the pre-feasibility phase of operations in order to ensure the protection of the environment and biodiversity.
Firms engaged in any type of mining or quarrying are required to set aside a mine rehabilitation fund, the proceeds of which would be used to restore and rehabilitate exhausted or mined out areas of the mining firm.


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