Aquino signs EO on mining policy changes

President Benigno Aquino III has signed the Executive Order (EO) on mining policy changes, a MalacaƱang official said on Saturday.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said details of the EO will be announced by Environment Secretary Ramon Paje on Monday, July 9.

ABS-CBN News reports that the EO is expected to set guidelines that will harmonize conflicting interests of the mining industry, national and local governments and environmental groups.

The EO also identifies eco-tourism sites where mining will be banned, the report said.