Issue of April 16, 2017
Mt. Province

Panagbenga Flower Festival
Other Links:
Malacanang halts mining firm’s suspension order
by Harley F. Palangchao

SUSPENSION ON HOLD -- Malacañang has put on hold the suspension order issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources against the operations of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company pending review of the appeal filed the company. LCMCo. officials have said the suspension order has no legal basis and violated the company’s right to due process.
-- Harley Palangchao



Officials of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMCo) heaved a sigh of relief over reports that the Office of the President has put on hold the suspension order issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources against the company.

The suspension order was slapped on LCMCo. on the ground that it violated certain environmental laws such as the alleged leakage of mine tailings into the river and purported abandonment of mine tailings pond.

LCMCo. questioned the supposed findings by DENR, saying that the original results of the audit report signed by 10-man member of the audit team have signified that the mining company has complied with pertinent provisions of the environmental and mining laws, rules and regulations, thus it did not recommend a penalty.

But Lepanto received another version of an audit report, this time signed only by six of 10 members, recommended that a show cause order be given to Lepanto for certain minor violations.

Lepanto appealed the suspension order before the Office of President, saying the order is questionable and without legal basis and its right to due process has been violated.

Lepanto’s legal department in Makati recently received a letter from Acting Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Ryan Acosta informing the company that the execution of the suspension order dated Feb. 8 has been put on hold until otherwise ordered by his office.

LCMCo. President and Chief Operations Officer Bryan U. Yap said Lepanto could not suspend its operation until otherwise ordered by the Office of the President after a review of the company’s petition.

“Our appeal stated that Sec. Gina Lopez has no authority to issue the suspension order. But granting that she had such authority, the order was issued without factual or legal basis and that Lepanto’s right to due process has been violated,” Yap said.

Lepanto is one of three big mining companies operating in Benguet for more than 50 years. The other companies are Benguet Corporation and Philex Mining Company Padcal.

Your Ad Here

17 LGUs in CAR lauded for making PESOs regular offices

DTI warns public vs scammers, poseurs

DOLE trains 211 safety officers from different establishments

Visiting profs share skills on strawberry research

Agency prepares own FOI protocol

Career advancement attained thru SPES

2 coops receive P8.5 M loan

Baguio Country Club
Cordillera Career Development College
Department of Tourism – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Informatics Institute
Medline International Training Institute

Baguio Central University
Baguio Multicultural Institute
Department of Agriculture – CAR
Department of Health – CAR
Department of Tourism – CAR
Fox Elite Immigration Consultancy
King’s College of the Philippines
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
Philippine Veterans Bank
Philippine Women’s University – Baguio
Pines City Colleges
Regional Development Council & National Economic Development Authority – CAR
Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Benguet
Sutherland Global Services
University of Baguio

Assumption Medical Diagnostic Center
Baguio Center Mall
Baguio Heart and Lung Diagnostic Center, Inc.
Baguio Water District
Banco De Oro
Barangay 92.7 FM
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources – CAR
C & Triple A Supermart
Congressman Ronald M. Cosalan
Cordillera Kidney Specialists, Inc.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources – CAR
Department of Public Works and Highways – CAR
Department of Science and Technology – CAR
Department of Trade and Industry – CAR
Fabulo Beauty and Image Salon
Far East Pacific Commercial
John Hay Management Corporation
Mother Earth Deli Basket
Nagomi Spa
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
Philex Mining Corporation
Philippine National Police – Police Regional Office – Cordillera
Pines International Academy Inc.
Pugad: Pugo Adventure
Rianella Printing Press
Social Security System

Home | About Us | Editorial Policy | Contact Us  
News | Opinion | Snapshots | Week's Mail | Obituaries  
Copyright © 2007-2015. All Rights Reserved.