[In the news] Firm files petition with DENR | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online
By ELLALYN B. DE VERA
MANILA, Philippines — A petition for revocation of Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) issued to Celestial Nickel Mining Exploration Corporation in Palawan was filed before the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) allegedly due to “neglect” of its responsibilities.
Compania Minera Del Grande Inc. president Alfredo Manuel alleged that Celestial Nickel has neglected MPSA No. 017-93-IV for more than 17 years “to the detriment of the national government” despite representations that it has the “financial resources, technical competence and skill.”
Celestial Nickel was granted on August 3, 1993 exclusive rights to conduct mining operations at Ipilan, Municipality of Brooke’s Point, Palawan, covering a total of 2,835.06 hectares for a period of 25 years, or until August 5, 2018.
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