There was an interesting report in Nikkei Asian Review last month.
That was published three weeks after Gina Lopez was rejected by the Congressional Commission on Appointments (CA) as DENR Secretary. The policy upheavals in the PH were mainly generated and created by Ms. Lopez in her 10 months in office, July 2016 – April 2017.
Among the data shown in that report are these. Note the steep decline in Indonesia’s nickel output starting 2014.
The big decline in ID’s nickel output in 2014 onwards was partly covered by the PH’s higher output from 2014 onwards. And worldwide, the PH is a major player in nickel production. #1 woldwide actually.
The main cause of mining upheavals in the PH and ID is government itself, the policy reversals they created recently.
It is good that Ms. Lopez is now out of the picture. There should be at least policy continuity under the new DENR leadership.