Villagers hail Australian mining firm suspension

Philippines reccommends suspension of 21 mine companies nationwide

September 28, 2016
Villagers of Didipio in the province of Nueva Vizcaya in the northern Philippines have hailed the suspension of operations of an Australian mining firm that failed an audit conducted by the Environment Department.

"This is a welcome development," said Teresita Acosta, executive director of Friends of the Environment for Development and Sustainability, a non-government group.

Acosta, however, said people should remain vigilant until the "temporary victory" produces results and make the company, OceanaGold Philippines, pay for the damage the gold-copper project brought to the community.

The Environment Department on Sept. 27 recommended suspending the operations of 21 mining companies across the country.

Environment official Leo Jasareno said the companies all failed audits conducted by the agency.

In a statement released on Sept. 27, Mick Wilkes, OceanaGold president, said the company will seek clarification from the government on the details of the suspension order.



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