RD Fay Apil, answers questions from the members of the House of Representatives during the Public Hearing on the Impact of Mining. Said activity was held in the Multi-Purpose hall of the Baguio City Hall on March 9, 2017 and was conducted by the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives.
The panel was headed by Committee on Natural Resources Chairperson Hon. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate, together with the other committee members: Hon. Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun, Hon. France L. Castro, Hon. Ariel B. Casilao, Hon. Ronald M. Cosalan, Hon. Mark O. Go, and Hon. Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang.
The Public Hearing was a joint investigation of the Committees on Natural Resources, Ecology, Health, Agriculture, National Cultural Communities and Local Government on the impact of mining in the country and its effects to the environment, agriculture, the health of the public, the rights of the indigenous peoples and its contribution to revenues of local government units and the national government and economic and social development. The investigation is conducted in aid of legislation and to introduce reform measures that will effectively address the weaknesses, shortcoming and failures of the Mining Act of 1995 and all other mining-related laws, rules, regulations and issuances and the insufficiency or absence of institutional mechanisms for effective evaluation and strict regulation of mining operations in the country.