On Sunday, February, 12, 2017, it was officially addressed by president Duterte who warned of shutting down mining firms. including those who are in the Quake-Ravaged, and particularly if they left any environmental damages. It was addressed by the president that he is warning the mining firms that even if they have billions, and then pay off the people so that they will be concessions, he will not allow it. This was made after a few days when the environmental secretary, Gina Lopez had suspended 23 mining companies in a six month long audit. Several of these mining firms who were issued the suspension were stated to have been located in the province of Surigao, Agusan, Davao Oriental, and compostela Valley. Much of the closure was caused due to the mountains being destroy in which patches could be seen, and the fear for environmental damage is still there.