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Miners dared: Dialogue on responsible mining
On Mining
Thursday, 09 September 2010 13:00
Miners dared: Dialogue on responsible mining
Green groups say it’s all a myth


Manila – The Chambers of Mines of the Philippines received an intriguing challenge from environmental groups yesterday – to dialogue on their claim of responsible mining in the Philippines. Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), dared the Chamber to give them a slot at the planned 2010 International Mining Convention and Exhibit on September 14-16, in Manila, so they can lay down their arguments on what a genuine responsible mining project is all about.

“Responsible mining is a myth for us, and if the Chamber of Mines is serious in peddling it to investors to come to the Philippines, we are sure there are interesting items we can discuss with them, if we are given a 30-minute slot during their conference”, said Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator.  

The international mining conference that will be held at Manila Hotel hopes to bring together mining companies, geologists, service providers, financial advisers and government officials.  The affair will highlight the optimism the mining industry faces, after reeling off from the financial crisis and looking forward to the continued support of the new administration.  

The confab also expects to unveil the proposed Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) framework of the Philippine mining industry, in their attempt to operationalize responsible mining.

Anti-mining activists have challenged the revitalization of mining in the Philippines, asserting that communities and the Philippines do not benefit from it due to overly generous incentives, watering down of environmental requirements, and 100% repatriation of profits to their headquarters.  They alleged that mining also introduce conflicts in mining-affected communities and pose serious threats to the fragile ecology of the Philippines. “Given these serious concerns, the only responsible thing for mining investors to do is to keep out of the Philippines”, said Romel de Vera, Campaigns Officer from Legal Rights and Natural Center-Friends of the Earth Philippines.

The religious sector supported the challenge to the Chamber of Mines.  Fr. Archie Casey, Co-Chair of the JPICC-AMRSP (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines), said that the mining industry should agree to this dialogue, “so that they can prove that their operations is not unsustainable mining, not irresponsible mining, and not dirty mining”.  The Catholic Church has maintained a strong position opposing large-scale mining in the Philippines.

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) is an alliance of mining-affected communities and their support groups of NGOs/POs and other civil society organizations who are opposing the aggressive promotion of large-scale mining in the Philippines. The group is calling for the scrapping of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and the enactment of a new mineral management law.  They are also pushing for the revocation of EO 270-A and a moratorium on all large-scale mining applications and operations.  (30)

For more information:

Jaybee Garganera, ATM National Coordinator, (0915) 761.76.02 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Farah Sevilla, ATM Policy & Advocacy Officer, (0915) 331.33.61 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Romel de Vera, LRC-FOE Campaigns Officer, (0906) 305.70.97 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Fr. Archie Casey, JPICC-AMRSP Co-Chairperson, (0907) 409.66.49 < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

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