More photos during Mining 2017 Conference

Posting some of the quotes-with-photos made by the Secretariat during the Mining 2017 Conference last September 5-7, 2017. Some of my photos at the farewell dinner. With the Stratbase-ADRi team. And in a brief karaoke segment, I sang on stage, "Twist and Shout" by The Beatles 🙂 Meanwhile, reposting this article today by JB Baylon. … Continue reading More photos during Mining 2017 Conference

Maricani, typhoon and the activists

Reposting an article by JB Baylon in Malaya yesterday. Power of the people  MANICANI is a small, 1,000-hectare island off the western coast of Guiuan Municipality in Eastern Samar. For those not too schooled in Philippine geography, Guiuan is the southernmost town in what may be the easternmost province of the Philippines - so much … Continue reading Maricani, typhoon and the activists

Presentation at Mining PH Conference 2017

Last month during the Mining Philippines Conference 2017, I was one of 6 panel discussants in one focus group discussion. First I discussed the recent rants vs. open pit mining by ex-DENR Sec. Gina Lopez and why many of her points are wrong or non-sensical at the least. Then I discussed other issues about soil … Continue reading Presentation at Mining PH Conference 2017

Kaleidoscope forum by UP MINERS

Last Thursday evening, September 28, the student organization UP MINERS held a forum on "Kaleidoscope: Various Perspectives on Mining" held at the UP College of Engineering Theater. Just panel discussions, no powerpoints. There were six of us panelists -- two from the DENR Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Atty. Josephine Sescon and another officer; Atty. … Continue reading Kaleidoscope forum by UP MINERS

Ralph Abainza on water table and Gina Lopez

I am reposting a short discussion about water table by a friend, 4th year BS Geology student in UP Diliman, Ralph Abainza. He posted this in his fb wall and I shared it in my wall. The illustration I got from the water.usgs.gov that he cited among his sources below. Good paper, Ralph. ------------- AN OPEN … Continue reading Ralph Abainza on water table and Gina Lopez

Mining taxes per hectare of land

* This is my article in BusinessWorld last August 30, 2017. A repeated argument by many sectors clamoring for suspension or closure or higher taxation of large mining projects is that the taxes, fees, and royalties they pay is very small. So there is a need to further raise the tax. At the House of Representatives, there … Continue reading Mining taxes per hectare of land

Cobalt mining for electric cars

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is among the poorest countries in Africa and the world. But it  "is the world’s biggest (cobalt) producer, with 60 per cent of the planet’s reserves. The cobalt is mined by unregulated labour and transported to Asia where battery manufacturers use it to make their products lighter, longer-lasting and … Continue reading Cobalt mining for electric cars

Nickel Laterites are not mine tailings or “latak ng mina”

There is a good short discussion made by the fb group, "No to Irresponsible Mining in the Philippines." Reposting below... ARE NICKEL LATERITES, "LATAK NG MINA"? In the past several months, several environmentalists and even journalists were telling the people of the adverse effects of mining in the country, especially the nickel mines. The nickel … Continue reading Nickel Laterites are not mine tailings or “latak ng mina”

DENR and G.Lo’s prohibitionism tempered by Cimatu

A good development at the DENR, new Secretary Roy Cimatu has suspended an Admin Order (AO) issued by ex-Sec. G.Lopez. "Environment Secretary  Roy Cimatu has "suspended indefinitely" an administrative order issued by his predecessor which required the environment chief's approval of environmental compliance certificates (ECCs) of projects critical to the environment. In a new administrative … Continue reading DENR and G.Lo’s prohibitionism tempered by Cimatu