MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill declaring Nueva Vizcaya a mining-free province.The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill declaring Nueva Vizcaya a mining-free province. House Bill 3667, authored principally by Rep. Carlos Padilla of the lone district of Nueva Vizcaya, now goes to the Senate. Padilla said there are some companies presently engaged in mining in his province. There are also individuals doing illegal mining, he said. He added that he has no doubt that the Senate would approve the measure, which he said would protect the beauty of the mountains and environment of Nueva Vizcaya. ... The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) would be mandated to issue implementing rules and regulations. Last week, the House approved two bills declaring Cagayan de Oro City and Catanduanes mining-free areas. Another bill, making Eastern Samar another mining-free province, is awaiting third-reading approval. Nestled along the remote mountain border of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino, the Didipio project is one of the first two large-scale mining projects approved during the Ramos administration under the 1995 Mining Act.