Small-scale mining deprives the govt billions of pesos in revenues

A BIG number of small-scale mining businesses being operated by unscrupulous persons including some rich Chinese businessmen are depriving the government of billions of pesos in revenues, according to Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City).

Castelo filed House Resolution 2326, urging the House Committee on Natural Resources to determine the number of small-scale mining operations throughout the country.

Castelo urged the House body to invite the officials of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and submit a comprehensive report on the existence of small-scale mining operations in the country.

Likewise, Castelo asked the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to determine how much revenue the government can get from these illegal small-scale mining businesses.

“We just want to know the extent of small-scale mining operations throughout the country and to prove how these small-scale mining operations deprived the government of billions of pesos in revenues,” Castelo said.

Compared to small-scale mining operations, Castelo said the legitimate mining companies in the country have provided two million jobs to the Filipino people and regularly paying taxes to the government while being regulated and monitored.

Castelo also wants clarification on the on-going conflict between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the local government units that has resulted in the proliferation of small-scale mining operations in many parts of the country.

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