DMCI Mining is confident of hitting its 2017 target for 500,000 tonnes of nickel ore shipments from the Philippines with exports resuming this month. In June, the company will export 200,000 tonnes from its subsidiaries Berong Nickel Corporation in Palawan and Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation in Zambales.

The mines in Berong and Zambales each have two shipments of 50,000 tonnes this month with three shipments bound for China and one for Japan.

Before June DMCI Mining, which is a unit of DMCI Holdings, had exported 150,000 tonnes from stockpiles and there are further shipments scheduled after June.

DMCI Mining president Cesar Simbulan says that the company has also starting rehiring employees.

This followed an order by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to shut down the Zambales Diversified Metals operations with Berong Nickel among the five mines issued suspension orders.

The DENR orders led to DMCI Mining laying off nearly 1000 employees, with only 240 employees remaining at the end of March from 1220 in May 2016. This did not include the thousands of subcontracted and seasonal workers hired during production ramp-up.

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