Poorest provinces vs mining provinces

We often hear allegations that “mining causes more poverty” or “where there is mining, there is more poverty.” True or false?

Based on official data, the answer is false. The top 20 poorest provinces in the Philippines and their poverty incidence are:
(1) Tawi-Tawi 78.9%, (2) Zamboanga Del Norte 63.0%, (3) Maguindanao 62.0%,
(4) Apayao 57.5%, (5) Surigao Del Norte 53.2%, (6) Lanao Del Sur 52.5%,
(7) Northern Samar 52.2%, (8) Masbate 51.0%, (9) Abra 50.1%,
(10) Misamis Occidental 48.8%, (11) Agusan Del Sur 48.7%, (12) Oriental Mindoro 47.1%,
(13) Sulu 46.5%, (13) Occidental Mindoro 46.5%, (15) Kalinga 45.8%,
(16) Surigao Del Sur 45.4%, (17) Mountain Province 45.0%, (18) Sarangani 44.8%,
(19) Lanao Del Norte 44.1%, and (20) Negros Oriental 43.7%.
(Source: NEDA, Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022).

Of these, only five host big mining companies (with an area of at least 4,000 hectares): Zamboanga del Norte (2 firms), Surigao del Norte (5 firms), Surigao del Sur (3 firms), and Mindoro Occidental and Oriental (2 firms).

Meaning 15/20 of poor provinces or 3/4 have NO mining activity. Meanwhile, here’s another illustration, from the “No to irresponsible mining in the PH” fb group.

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