In pursuance of strengthening the monitoring of the mining sector and promote responsible mining in the country, all mining contractors are directed to participate in the Philippine Extractive Industries Initiative (PH-EITI). This is in accordance with the requirements set by the Philippine Multi-stakeholders Group where the Government, the industry and civil society are represented. Moreover, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) are mandated to disclose all the information requested by the PH-EITI in a timely manner.

Consequently, the failure of the mining contractor to comply with the disclosure requirements of PH-EITI shall cause the suspension of the pertinent Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) and non-issuance of Ore Transport and/or Mineral Export Permit until such time that the said contractor has complied with the PH-EITI requirements.

This is the gist of Administrative Order no. 2017-07 dated March 10, 2017 issued by the DENR in a bold effort to institutionalize transparency and accountability in the management of natural resources in the country.

The Order implements the objectives of Executive Order no. 147, series of 2013 that instituted the PH-EITI and that of Executive Order no. 79, series of 2012 that requires the government to support and commit participation in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Further, it mandated the DENR to ensure that mechanisms are established to operationalize the EITI in the mining sector, in consultation and coordination with the mining industry and other stakeholders concerned.

This recent moves of the government are consistently based on the basic right of the people to information and full public disclosure of all its transactions involving public interest.