Sunday, May 6, 2018

Duterte to mining companies: Plant trees or risk losing your permits

On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to revoke the permits of mining companies who will fail to plant and grow tress in areas where they are operating in within six months.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo credi to the owner

In his pre-departure speech in Davao City, Duterte said he wants the mining companies to start their reforestation efforts.

Itong mining, I’m going to give you six months.  I do not want to see any bald (patch). ‘Yung dinaanan n’yo I want trees as tall as me by six months. Kapag wala ‘yung kahoy na iniwan ninyo sa winasak n’yong lupa, then consider your permit revoked,” he said.
Photo credit to the owner

Hindi ako nagbibiro. Do not wait for the day of your sorrow. Six months, I don’t want so see any bald piece of land there. Kapag wala akong nakitang kahoy na kasing taas ko, better pack up your things, you can go and that will be closed permanently,” he said.

Duterte added he is mulling a ban on open pit mining by next year.

And maybe next year, maybe, I will ban open pit mining. Sleep on it,” he said.

Source: GMA News Online

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