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Lopez bans prospective open-pit mines
Secretary Gina Lopez on Thursday has issued an administrative order banning all prospective open-pit mines in the country.
Lopez said the total ban, contained in DENR Administrative Order No. 2017-10, shall cover "open-pit method of mining for copper, gold, silver and complex ores."
She, however, clarified that quarrying will not be covered by the ban as such method of extraction would only be regulated.
A quarry is an open-pit mine that produces building materials and dimension stones, such as granite, marble and limestone, among others.
Lopez said the destructive nature and its potential for a disaster were the main reasons why she decided to impose a ban on open-pit mining. >> more
There is probably no other fauna in the country that has captured the hearts of Filipinos than the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi).
Recently, the country once again had a reason to celebrate when the PEC announced that another raptor was successfully hatched in captivity. It was the 28th since 1992. >>more
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