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EO 79 strips LGUs of seat in MICC Written by Fernan J. Angeles Friday, 20 July 2012 22:02

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EO 79 strips LGUs of seat in MICC


Forty provincial governors who had threatened to go to court over Executive Order (EO) 79’s taking primacy over local ordinances, are seen to go ballistic over a memorandum issued by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa stripping the host local government units representation in the newly created Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC).

Ochoa drafted detailed guidelines on the MICC composition, which includes Cabinet officials from the environment, finance, budget and social welfare departments.

Conspicuously missing were the local governments, which Environment Secretary Ramon Paje had claimed would be playing an integral role in the new policy governing the mining industry.

In a statement, Ochoa directed department offices to start implementing the controversial executive order as part of the revenue-generating measures of the government.

Ochoa, who described the controversial EO as President Aquino’s social contract with the Filipinos, apparently wanted reforms immediately carried out by the newly created MICC as provided for in the EO 79..... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/nation/item/1817-eo-79-strips-lgus-of-seat-in-micc

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