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REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6364 - AN ACT AMENDING REPUBLIC ACT NUMBERED THIRTY HUNDRED EIGHTY-NINE, AS AMENDED, ENTITLED "AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR ASSISTANCE TO THE GOLD MINING INDUSTRY"
1. Sections two, four, five
and six of Republic Act Numbered Thirty hundred and eighty-nine, as
amended, are hereby further amended to read as follows:
"Sec. 2. Definition of terms. – When used in this Act the following terms shall, unless the context otherwise indicates, have the following respective meanings:
(a) 'Gold producer' means any person, corporation, partnership or association, incorporated, organized and existing under Philippine laws, at least seventy percent of the capital of which is owned and held by Philippine citizens, which produces gold as a principal product by itself or through an operating agreement, on the date of the effectivity of this Act: provided, however, that an existing gold producer at least seventy percent of the capital of which is not owned and held by the Philippine citizens in order to qualify for assistance under this Act, (a) must present evidence to the Board, within six months from the effective date of this Act, that it is exerting efforts to comply with this requirement; (b) in no case must less than thirty-five percent of its capital be owned and held by Philippine citizens at the end of the second year after the effectivity of this Act; and (c) must have seventy percent Filipino capital by the end of the third year after the effective date of this Act.
(b) 'Government' means the Government of the Republic of the Philippines;
(c) 'Board' means the Gold Mining Industry Assistance Board created to carry out the provisions of this Act;
(d) 'Cost of production' of bullion from a mine means the cost incurred by the producer and properly attributable to the production of bullion under standardized procedure to be adopted by the Board and includes mining, milling, smelting, refining, production tax, transportation, administrative costs attributable to the production of bullion, depreciation and depletion as provided under Sec. 30(g) (1) (b) (1) of Commonwealth Act No. 466, as amended, otherwise known as the National Internal Revenue Code; amortization of rehabilitation expenses, interest on capital loans; and one-half of the discount rate on treasury bills paid to it as assistance but in no case exceeding ten percent;
(e) 'Newly-mined gold' means gold fresh from the mill or smelter, which has never been in trade or commerce actually produced by the gold producer, certified as such by the gold producer and confirmed by the Board.
(f) 'Free market' means domestic and foreign open market;
(g) 'Assistance' is the amount given by the Government to gold producers during the effectivity of this Act;
(h) 'Official Price' means the equivalent in the Philippine pesos of the official world price of gold which is presently fixed at $35.00 per ounce, based on the prevailing free market rate or any other rate that may subsequently be fixed by the Government;
(i) 'Ounce' means troy ounce which is one-twelfth part of a pound of five thousand seven hundred sixty grains, or four hundred eighty grains of 31.1035 grams;
(j) 'Refined gold' means gold that has been purified to the fineness acceptable to the Central Bank; and
(k) 'Mine producing gold as a principal product' refers to a mine where the receipt from whatever source from the sale of gold is more than fifty per cent of the total receipts.
"Sec. 4. Gold producers qualified to receive assistance. – To be entitled to the assistance provided in this Act, a gold producer must sell to the Central Bank, and the Central Bank is hereby directed to purchase, its entire production of newly mined gold at the official price defined in Sec. 2 (h) hereof, and in cases where the ore concentrates, bullion or matte are processed or refined abroad, the gold producer must have used the services of vessels of Philippine Registry and/or Philippine carriers to the ports of call or on routes served by them, if such services are available to such places where the concentrates, bullion or matte are to be processed or refined. Should a gold producer sell his gold in violation of this section at any time during a certain year, the entire production for that year shall not be entitled to assistance. Any assistance already given shall be refunded, and the manager or person in-charge of the mining corporation that sells its gold produce or part thereof in violation of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than P5,000 or an imprisonment of not more than two years or both in the discretion of the Court: provided, however, that any gold producer which may hereafter invest more than twenty five per cent of its paid-up capital and surplus abroad shall not be entitled to the benefits of this Act, unless such investments do not involve direct remittance of foreign exchange: provided, further, that a gold producer that makes a profit in any calendar year of twelve per cent on the sale of its gold to the Central Bank exclusive of assistance shall not be entitled to assistance in that year. "Profit" as herein used shall mean the difference between the official price and the cost of production of the gold: provided, finally, that any gold producer shall continue to receive assistance under this Act only if it presents evidence to the Board that it is diversifying or phasing out its operations so that it shall no longer require assistance after five years from the date of effectivity of this Act. The Central Bank shall issue a receipt for all gold purchased by it under this Act, which receipt shall show the number of ounces of gold purchased.
"Sec. 5. Manner of payment under this Act. – In addition to the official price defined in Sec. 2 (h), all gold producers shall receive assistance as follows:
"(a) Mines whose annual production of gold as principal product is one hundred thousand ounces or less – sixty pesos per ounce plus seventy per cent of the positive difference between the cost of production per ounce of gold and the official price: provided, that this assistance and the official price shall not exceed three hundred fifty pesos per ounce: provided, further, that the sum of (a) the official price and total assistance less (b) the cost of production shall in no case exceed P40.00 per ounce.
"(b) Mines whose annual production of gold as principal product is more than one hundred thousand ounces – fifty pesos per ounce plus sixty-five per cent of the positive difference between the cost of production per ounce of gold and the official price: provided, that this assistance and the official price shall not exceed three hundred ten pesos per ounce: provided, further, that the sum of (a) the official price and total assistance less (b) the cost of production shall in no case exceed P30.00 per ounce.
"Every gold producer enjoying assistance shall give a bonus equivalent to ten per cent of the assistance received to its employees whose salaries do not exceed five hundred pesos per month: provided, that both the basic and additional subsidy should be paid not later than one week after payment of the official price by the Central Bank: provided, further, that if the applicable production cost per ounce is not available, the Gold Subsidy Board shall base its payment on the last available production per ounce, subject to final adjustment as soon as the correct production cost per ounce is determined."
"Sec. 6. Term. – This direct assistance shall be effective only for a period of five years from the date of approval of this Act."
Sec. 2. A new section to be known as Section 13-A, is hereby inserted between Sections 13 and 14 of this Act, as amended, to read as follows:
"Sec. 13-A. Sale of gold in the free market. – Any gold producer that does not receive subsidy under the provisions of this Act is entitled to sell its gold production in the free market, domestic or foreign, under such rules as the Monetary Board shall adopt: provided, however, that the Monetary Board may, when the national interest so demands, prevent the sale of gold in the free market, domestic or foreign."
Sec. 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved: August 5, 1971