Profits-based royalty is 'equitable,' says Chamber of Mines

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 13 2018 09:34 AM

Heavy equipment carved the mountains for nickel laterite ore, one of the primary sources of processed nickel, in Sta. Cruz, Zambales in this photo from July 16, 2016. Mark Z. Saludes, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Profits-based royalty and a windfall profits tax, as passed by a House of Representatives committee, is the "most equitable manner" to raise revenues, the Chamber of Mines said Tuesday.

Further taxes on mining may not be warranted, since the first tranche of tax reforms doubled doubled excise duties to 4 percent of gross revenues starting January, the Chamber said.

"By adopting this, the structure will help sustain existing mining operations and hopefully encourage quality investments in the hugely untapped Philippine minerals sector," it said in a statement.

A similar profits-based royalty scheme is used in Canada, Peru, Chile and South Africa, it said.

The House Ways and Means Committee passed the profits-based royalty scheme on Monday, as Congress resumed sessions.