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Gov’t wants 8% share from mining

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Philippine Environment Secretary Ramon Paje. AFP PHOTO/Jay DIRECTO

MANILA, Philippines—The government wants at least 8-percent to as much as 10-percent share of gross revenues from the mining industry, against the previously floated figure of 7 percent, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said on Friday.

A bill on the proposed revenue-sharing scheme is being prepared and will be ready before the new Congress convenes in late July, he said.

The enactment of such a law would enable the government to again accept applications for mining permits for various forms of mining, he said.

Paje said that while the revenue-share collection should be a fixed portion of gross revenues, it may be collected in various schedules—paid upfront, partially or at the end of a business cycle.

The environment chief earlier noted that under existing laws, about 11 large-scale companies out of about 31 medium- and large-scale miners of metallic minerals pay a 5-percent royalty on top of the 2-percent excise tax.

Paje said the Mining Industry Coordination Council (MICC) is also anticipating the finalization of a list of so-called “no-go zones” in the country where mining will not be allowed.

“There are 78 ecotourism sites as defined by the Department of Tourism, but these are in addition to the existing protected areas which number at about 249,” he said.

Chaired by Paje and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, the MICC is a joint committee of the economic development cluster and the climate change cluster of the Cabinet.

Last December, Malacañang said the MICC had narrowed down the options to a percentage of gross margin or to a percentage of gross revenue, where the income tax paid is deducted after computing the government share.


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  • joboni96

    barat sec paje
    resign

    100% for pilipinos in a
    PRO PILIPINO SUSTAINABLE METALS EXPORTING mining

  • MedicRn145

    8% lang??? grabe nmn yan!!! kumbaga ikaw araw-araw ka babalatan ng buhay at kukunan ng dugo tpos ung kikitain nun, 8% lng mapupunta sayo??? isip-isip nmn please….

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      Please isip muna. 1290 ang current gold per ounce. The average cost of production per pound is between 800 to 1000 per ounce. kung 50% base sa gross tiyak magsara ang minahan niyan. hindi makabawi ang investor.

      we already have an existing 5 plus 2 percent on royalty and excise taxes based on gross.

      • MedicRn145

        copy-paste??? i don’t care if they close down, then let them close down. why risk our natural resources just to let multi-billion dollar company gain and the nation drain?? if they are to mine our minerals then it should be the Philippines that should gain FIRST before the investor, and not the other way around.

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        Ok sana ang sinabi mo if the Philippines has lot of options.
        1. The government failed in agricultural programs which could
        have uplift the lives of the rural poor.
        2. Ang mga agricultural farmlands natin ginawang mga subdivision na. Pumalpak ang CARP ang mga hacienda are still in the control of the landlords.
        3. 25% ng mga Pilipino live below the poverty line, halos nga walang maka-in, Kaya hindi nakapapagtaka naging mga bandido nalang sila naghide out sa mga bundok to make kidnap for ransom as their livelihood.
        4. Aanhin ang damo kapag namatay ng mga kabayo sa gutom.
        Ano pa ba ang bukas, kung wala na ang bukas dahil patay ang mga tao sa gutom.

        Mas importante ang present kay sa future.

        Naramdaman mo ba how those 25% Filipinos feel sa gutom nila?

        Ang dali po sabihin, MINING Is destructive, true agree ako diyan. Mining should avoided if we can avoid it.

        Do you have any better idea how to uplift the lives of the rural poor aside from the failed agricultural and carp program of the government?

        Ang dali pong sabihin masama ang MINING, pero wala namang alternative na ma ipresentang iba. They could not employ those 25% Filipinos who live below the poverty line
        in the BPO centers dahil they do not have the skills bunga sa kakulangan ng edukasyon.

        Dapat mag presenta ka ng other viable options for the rural folks.

      • RN-EMT.PH

        1. Oo at Hindi. tumira aku sa rural na tinatawag mo… bundok sa kanan at bundok sa kaliwa, north-south-east-west bundok. no electricity, no water supply, no market, lahat wala… pero hindi kami nagutom. hindi kami ng-kidnap for ransom, at lalong hindi kami umasa sa gobyerno. the reason??? because we used natural resources properly, at hindi kami TAMAD na naghahangad ng madaliang kita.
        2. Sa 5 plus 2 percent na sinasabi mo, how assured ka na may napupunta sa “rural folks” mo?? ung 5 plus 2 percent mo, baka mas malaki p ang nakukuha nila jan, and that is the only figure na nilalabas nila sa madla. dude, if you’re really for the people, i say 8% is not the solution. if you are an economist, you’ll know that even by 30% hindi malulugi ang mga mining co.s. listen to your conscience.

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        1. Mapalad ka siguro dahil landed ang pamilya mo. Pero ilang rural folks walang sariling lupa na pwedeng masaka nila, katulad mo.

        2. So lumalabas na ayaw mo sa Mining dahil sa issue if the 5 plus 2 percent hindi talaga mapunta sa dapat makinabang.

        That is another issue of corruption. Maski pa pnuunin ng Pulos BPO and other non mining businesses ang kagubatan, kung nandiyan at corruption at tax evasion, ganon pa rin. regardless the business is mining or not, because corruption and tax evasion is not only a mining issue. It is the issue of all businesses.

        I dont have qualms raising the mining taxes, but for as long as it is reasonable such that the business remains viable and the prices remain globally competitive. Aanhin naman yung minerals resources kung walang bumili dahil kailangan ibenta ng mahal para lang mabawi ang 50% gross tax. These investors would rather go other countries where they can buy cheaper metals. In the end walang employment, gutom ang marami.

        3. also you did not present any viable alternative idea how to uplift lives of the rural poor. So it seems you want to stick to agriculture as your family lived by that. I am really sorry to tell you, na palpak ang gobyerno sa programang pang agriculutura, carp has failed and the government did not stop converting farmlands into subdivision. governnment did not stop logging also. paano yan hayaan nalang ang mga tao sa probinsya to remain among the 25% living below poverty.

        any better alternative?

      • RN-EMT.PH

        ALTERNATIVE???
        YEAH.
        1. WORK
        2. WORK
        3. WORK
        4. WORK HARDER
        5. WORK HARDER
        walang gutom na hindi tamad!!! wag mong pagtakpan ang katamaran ng mga Pilipino, marami tlga tayong kababayan na tamad at ini-aasa lahat sa gobyerno na isa ring tamad, at magnanakaw pa. hindi kami mapalad kaibigan, sadyang nagsumikap lang para magkaroon.

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        bakit hindi ba work ang nasa minahan?
        define what is work?

        paano ba magwork kung walang work na available?

        nakapagtrabaho ka ba na basta basta na lang
        walang job opportunity na inilatag sa iyo?

        nakapagtrabaho ka ba ng magandang work kung wala
        kang sapat ng edukasyon?

        and whose responsibility is it to provide jobs and opportunities to the people?

        iyan ang reponsibility ng gobyerno to give employment to people. Ang problema may mining work na sana, hinarangan pa ng mga taong pulos tutol lang ang magawa hindi naman maka pagprovide ng alternatibong trabaho sa kapwa.

        paano ba magwork kung wala kang lupang sinasaka

        na pag-aari mo?

        work cannot be effective kung walang plano sa buhay.

        ang sipag ng kapitbahay namin, bilang labandera,
        she works work work as labandera, hanggang namatay labandera pa rin.
        In the same manner yung mga Pinay patuloy lumabas sa bansa bilang DH, DH habang buhay.

        not every one can be employed as labandera at DH, lalo na ang mga lalaki.

        Lalo sa probinsya, the 25% filipinos living below the poverty line do not even have the opportunity to work as labandera or dh sa kapitbahay at mapilitan talagang Magpa ciudad dahil konti lang ang maka afford sa probinsya ng labandera o DH man lang.

        rather than deprive the poor people to earn and be employed, sana yung mga tutol sa mining rito, mag provide
        ng trabaho sa mga tao hinarangan sa mining work opportunity.

      • RN-EMT.PH

        bakit, minahan lang ba ang may offer na trabaho??? bakit mga lolo ko ni hindi nga nakapgelemtary, ngka-property??? all because of work and hard work. ni wala png gobyerno noon sa lugar namin pra mg-create ng work, hindi pa uso ang abraod.

        tpos susunod mong sasabihin, “eh kasi mrami pang opportunity noon”… kaibigan, natuwa ako sa statement mo questioning kung Kristyano sya, eh, sa mga statements mo, mukhang mas hopeless ka kysa dun sa kinomentan mo. i will say no more, anyways sabi sa Rom. 14:5 “Let every man be persuaded in his own mind.” God bless kaibigan.

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        lolo mo nag ka property dahil matalino ang lolo mo at masipag during his time.

        Minana niyo lang pala. eh hindi mo naman pinagsikapan pala na magkaroon ng lupa. The land property was offered to you by inheretance not by hardwork.

        hindi po kasalanan ng mga 25% kung hindi sila nagkaroon ng lolong katulad mo na masipag at matalino.

        Isaiah 65:17

        [ New Heavens and a New Earth ] “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.

      • RN-EMT.PH

        salamat sa conversation. God bless kaibigan.

  • Noelnoel Munro

    Kudos to Ramon Paje, tell to the $Billionaires in Mining that its ” Your way or the Hi-way.

  • DGuardian

    Sana ay basahin ninyo ang “China’s mining occupation of the Philippines” ni Atty. Rodel Rodis dated September 12, 2012 dito sa Inquirer. Twenty-six ang Chinese mining companies sa Pilipinas. Iyung mga kompanya nila na nag-e-extract ng ginto, 3% lamang ang idini-deklara at ang 97 % naman ay ini-smuggle patungong Hong Kong at sa iba pang panig ng China. Labis nilang winawasak ang environmwent ng mga komunidad na miniminahan nila dahil nilalabag nila ang mga mining laws and regulations na itinakda ng gobyerno. Bukod pa rito ay ang malulubhang sakit na idinudulot ng mga toxic wastes na itinatapon lamang nila sa mga creeks, ilog at iba pang waterways at maging sa paligid na lupain ng mga minahan. Ano ang napapakinabang ng sambayanang Pilipino sa mining na ang mga mining companies lamang ang nakikinabang at umuubos sa ating mga mineral resources? At bakit kailangang ubusin ang mga ito sa ating panahon ganoong ang Pilipinas ay mag-e-exist pa sa mundo nang marami pang mga milenyo? Ano na ang ititira natin sa napakarami pang mga henerasyon ng mga Pilipino na darating?

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      Kristiano ka ba? nakatakda sa biblia ang ang mundo ay gunawin ng Diyos, whether we like it or not. Too much worry about the future gayong at least 25% ng PINOY below poverty line wala halos makain at present.

      Magkaka apo pa ang mga mahihirap gayong mamatay na sila sa gutom?

      Even wala pa ang mining ang mga farmlands ginawa ng mga subdivision ng big time developers.

      Even wala pa ang mining ang forests at timberland natin wasak na sa mga loggers.

      What is there to protect? If not the mining, the big time developers and the loggers will ruin our resources.

      wake up wake up.

    • Bisdak_kaayo

      % lang ang deniklara? bakit kung other non business ba surce ka na 100% ang ediklara. Now kung honest ba ang mga european investor magdeclare at hindi intsik dahil tinitira mo ang instik, so ok lang ang business.

      Akala ko ba issue rito mining, bakit napunta sa tax evasion, at bakit napunta sa instik.

      Mining is the issue, maski pinoy pa ang nag operate ng mining, kapag mga tax evader ganon rin. Issue ang kakayahan ng BIR sa argumento mo, hindi ang mining operations itself.

  • DGuardian

    Sa mga Chinese-Filipino Commentators: HIndi ba naaayon sa dictates ng human decency and righteousness na dapat tumanaw ng utang na loob ang tao sa bansa na kumupkop at nagpala sa kanya ano pa mang lahi siya nanggaling? Kung hindi makagawa ng mabuti o maganda ay hindi naman dapat na gantihan ng kasamaan at kataksilan ang bayang kumandili at nagmagandang loob sa kanya.



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