Mining and improved rural income

I revisited these two reports from Manila Standard.

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In the story hikes household incomes,

Chito Gozar, senior vice president for communications and external affairs, said more numbers can disprove the belief that mining causes poverty incidence. He said the contention of environmental groups is not true because precisely mining’s end is creation of wealth that would eliminate poverty…

The UPLB study pointed out that the major change in the economy of Didipio village was due to the presence of OceanaGold in the village. Peviously, Didipio is an agricultural settlement and that farming was the primary source of household income.

In the story propel GDP growth,

David is the DoST executive director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DoST-PCIEERD), and concurrently, Stratbase ADR Institute (ADRi) trustee.

“Hence we see the urgent need to partner with the mining industry in a series of research projects to develop a long-term national road map that will integrate the development of mining, steel and other downstream industries,” he said.  

Nice two articles. Mining-rich areas tend to be marginal and inappropriate for high-value agriculture or forestry because of the poor soil quality. By harvesting the minerals and metal ores, greater value and income for workers and staff, directly or indirectly employed by a mining firm, can be enjoyed and optimized.

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