State Dining Room, Malacañan Palace
November 22, 2022

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. convened the key officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in a meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace.

The Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) reported through its official Facebook page ( that the Chief Executive tasked the DENR to bolster its regulatory powers on small and large-scale mining in order to ensure that standards are updated and that mining firms are strictly implementing their respective safety and health programs for workers.

“Gusto natin ma-legalize ang mga small-scale mining firms kasi madami sa kanila illegal, kaya walang protection ang mga minero. Gusto nating palakasin ang regulatory framework para maka-operate sila ng legal, upang mabigyan ang ating minero ng assistance at protection para sa ligtas nilang pagtatrabaho,” the President said during the meeting, expressing the need to enhance social protection and security for workers in the industry.

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