MANILA: The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) is optimistic about the result of a government audit on the industry, as it expects the findings to be “fair and objective”.
“We expect the findings to be fair, anchored on the promise of President Rodrigo Duterte of giving us a clean government. That the audit was done with utmost objectivity and that the findings will be properly transmitted to the respective audited mining companies for them to be able to address the gaps in their operations,” said Nelia Halcon, COMP executive vice president.
Halcon is confident of positive results on its Chamber members which have long been practicing responsible mining.
“We continue to abide by transparency, accountability and integrity in all that we do. We expect no less from the DENR,” she added.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) targets to release this week the results of the audit on 40 metal mining companies.
It will also conduct an audit on non-metallic miners and 13 coal-fired power plants in the country to check their compliance with environmental compliance certificates (ECC).
The power plants are located in Iloilo, Bataan, Cebu, Misamis Oriental, Pangasinan, Pampanga, Batangas, Quezon province and Zambales.