ILOILO CITY, May 18 (PIA6)—On top of mining now are the three main thrusts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Solid Waste Management Act, which newly-installed Secretary Roy Cimatu is focusing on.
“Mining comes secondary,” Cimatu said in a media interview during his visit to the DENR-6 Regional Office.
He added that his main priority is the overall protection of the environment through the effective implementation of environmental laws.
Cimatu said that he has yet to review mining operations in the country, and will be visiting them, including the Semirara Mining Corp. located in Caluya, Antique.
“I will allow mining as long as it is legal,” Cimatu told media, adding that he lauded former DENR Sec. Gina Lopez for her passion in eradicating illegal and destructive mining.
“Mining is allowed and it is legal according to law, however, it should be done in a way that does not destroy the environment,” the secretary said.
“I am looking for a model mining company in the country, which can be followed so that there will be no problem,” Cimatu further said.
Besides visiting the DENR regional office, Cimatu also had an ocular view of the Iloilo River which was successfully rehabilitated by the city government.
He said that he intended to make Iloilo River a model for clean-up program in the country, as he has not seen a river as clean as the Iloilo River. (JSC/ESS/PIA6 Iloilo)