Debate at UP PALS-NCPAG in 2014

In October 2014, I participated in an open debate on mining held at UP Diliman, three on each side. The pro-mining included me and Dr. Arcilla  (4th from left in this photo) of the UP National Institute for Geological Studies (NIGS). The anti-mining included Mr. Garganera (3rd from right), National Coordinator of the Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM, Alliance to Stop Mining).

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The theme of the debate was “Mining: Boon or Bane?”. Nice forum and debate.

 

Below are some of the major arguments of the anti-mining groups.


Good audience, should be 200+ students and teachers/professors, including some UP Mining Engineering students, and guests from other universities invited by the sponsor, UP PALS.

First I summarized the main arguments of the anti camp.


The anti-mining groups would clarify that “we are not anti-mining per se, we recognize the contribution of mining to society but certain conditions should be met like…” and such list can be long and/or very stringent.


Dr. Arcilla was a great speaker. Although he can show very technical papers on geology and mining, his presentation was simple and clear.
My 25-slides presentation is also available at slideshare.net, here.

Group photo after the debate and discussions.

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Thanks to members and officers of UP PALS for that opportunity to share my observations about the mining industry. All photos here also from PALS.

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