The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines said most members have secured the International Standards Organization 14001- Environmental Management Systems certification.
The group made the statement after Environment Secretary Regina Lopez said all mining companies would be required to secure the ISO certification.
CoMP said of its 21 members, 13 mining companies had already secured the ISO 14001 certification. These firms include Benguet Corp., Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co., Ocenagold Philippines Inc., Benguet Corp. Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., Rio Tuba Nickel Mines Corp., Filminera Resources Corp. and Carmen Copper Corp.
Other mining companies which were able to secure the certification were Greenstone Resources Corp., Hinatuan Mining Corp., MarcVentures Mining & Development Corp. and Taganito Mining Corp.
COMP said the remaining eight members were in the process of securing the ISO certification.
These companies include LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc., Berong Nicjel Corp., Apex Mining Co. Inc., TVI Resources Devevelopment Inc., Minimax Mineral Exploration Corp., CTP Contruction & Mining Corp., Pacific Nickel Phils. Inc., Platinum Group Metals Corp. and Philsaga Minig Corp.