RA 7076 - Republic of the Philippines Congress of the...

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Republic of the Philippines Congress of the Philippines Metro Manila REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7076 AN ACT CREATING A PEOPLE’S SMALL-SCALE MINING PROGRAM AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Section 1. Title. This Act shall be known as the “People’s Small-Scale Mining Act of 1991.” Section 2. Declaration of Policy. It is hereby declared the policy of the State to promote, develop, protect and rationalize viable small-scale mining activities in order to generate more employment opportunities and provide an equitable sharing of the nation’s wealth and natural resources, giving due regard to existing rights as herein provided. Section 3. Definitions. For purposes of this Act, the following terms shall be defined as follows: (a) Mineralized areas refer to areas with naturally occurring mineral deposits of gold, silver, chromite, kaolin, silica, marble, gravel, clay and like mineral resources; (b) Small-scale mining refers to mining activities which rely heavily on manual labor using simple implements and methods and do not use explosives or heavy mining equipment; (c) Small-scale miners refer to Filipino citizens who, individually or in the company of other Filipino citizens, voluntarily form a cooperative duly licensed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to engage, under the terms and conditions of a contract, in
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the extraction or removal of minerals or ore-bearing materials from the ground; (d) Small-scale mining contract" refers to co-production, joint venture or mineral production sharing agreement between the State and a small-scale mining contractor for the small-scale utilization of a plot of mineral land; (e) Small-scale mining contractor refers to an individual or a cooperative of small-scale miners, registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or other appropriate government agency, which has entered into an agreement with the State for the small-scale utilization of a plot of mineral land within a people’s small-scale mining area; (f) Active mining area refers to areas under actual exploration, development, exploitation or commercial production as determined by the Secretary after the necessary field investigation or verification including contiguous and geologically related areas belonging to the same claimowner and/or under contract with an operator, but in no case to exceed the maximum area allowed by law; (g) Existing mining right refers to perfected and subsisting claim, lease, license or permit covering a mineralized area prior to its declaration as a people’s small-scale mining area; (h ) Claimowne r refers to a holder of an existing mining right; (i) Processo r refers to a person issued a license to engage in the treatment of minerals or ore-bearing materials such as by gravity concentration, leaching beneficiation, cyanidation, cutting, sizing, polishing and other similar activities;
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(j) License ” refers to the privilege granted to a person to
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