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2 separate departments for environment, natural resources

IN the last Congress, a bill was filed in the House of Representatives to split the Department of Environment and Natural Resources into two departments – the Department of Environment and the Department of Natural Resources.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has noted a remarkable improvement in Metro Manila’s air quality in the 3rd quarter of 2011.

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) needs to undertake a complete mapping of the country’s coral reefs since they host firstclass fish species and other marine resources that the country needs to conserve.

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The opposition to open pit mining is not shared by countries in which it is the accepted method for extracting minerals. A review of mining literature showed that more than half of the operating mines in the world have adopted this method that Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) said is used in four mines operated by Xstrata Copper in other countries.

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The government has not lifted the moratorium on the issuance of new mining tenements.

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