New mining policy out soon: Palace

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 18 2012 04:22 PM | Updated as of Apr 19 2012 07:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Wednesday said its mining policy would be released soon. But Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ricky Carandang did not specify an exact date for its release.
 
"We can expect it soon. There are just a few more notes that need to go between some of the departments and then that should be out in a relatively short amount of time. We understand the concerns and this is exactly why we are trying to come up with a well-defined mining policy from which will flow specific actions," Carandang told reporters.
 
"Is it possible that out of the policy, the specific actions will mean an EO or a change in the law? All of these are possible but all of the actions must stem from the general policy which will be released shortly -- hopefully, very soon," he added.