Cellphones, mining and the MGB

Cell phones or mobile phones are among the best inventions of modern civilization and capitalism. Almost everything is there — make/receive calls, send/read SMS, surf the web/internet, read/send emails, take/see photos and videos, do online banking, watch movies, news and sports, etc. (this photo I got from the web)

Cell Phones & Smartphones
So what’s inside these sleek, cool and nice gadgets? Mining the Facts made this post a few days ago, reposting:

But what are they made of?

The glass is made from aluminium oxide and silicon dioxide with an ultra-thin layer of indium tin oxide added so you can touch the screen without damaging it.

A cellphone is made from a variety of metals, with the most common being aluminum alloys, lightweight materials commonly found in the phone case. Lithium cobalt oxide and carbon graphite are used to make the batteries.

Gold, copper and silver are used in the wiring of the phone. Platinum and tungsten are used in the circuitry.

Rare metals, such as neodymium-iron-boron alloys, dysprosium and praseodymium, are also used to make the magnets, speakers and motors found in your phone.

The third most common material found is plastic.

According to the Minerals Education Coalition, about 140 million cellphones are discarded every year. These phones contain approximately 2,100 metric tons of copper and 3.9 metric tons of gold, among other metals.

Your smartphone is #MadeInMining.

Right. No mining, no mobile phones, no cars and other things that make our life more comfortable, more convenient, and make our work much easier, our productivity higher.

Meanwhile, a report from PIA here, reposting.

… “Only 20 percent or 1,000 hectares of the 5,000 retained after explorations, are directly affected by mining operations, as the mining contractor returns the area with low mineral potentials,” de la Cruz said.   De la Cruz also said that agriculture and mining can co-exist such that raw materials from agriculture and mining are used in many ways, and that mining is not all irresponsible.  

As to taxes, the mining industry contributed an average gross value added of about P85 billion a year for the period from 2010 to 2016.  

The MGB-6 has issued mining permits to 13 companies in the region, including  Negros Occidental.   In the same forum, MGB Regional Director Leo Van Juguan, said that policies regulating the mining industry are continuously reviewed and clarified to respond to the issues and concerns of the various stakeholders.  

“The forum is a good venue to dialogue with mining stakeholders on  good practices, policy gaps and challenges,” Juguan said.   On the other hand, de la Cruz said he hoped that by continuing to inform and engage the stakeholders on how to responsibly manage and use mineral resources, misconceptions will be lessened. (JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo)

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