Uncertainty in mining policy and the Manicani debate

* This is my column in BusinessWorld last November 23, 2017. The Duterte administration’s mining policy shows continuing uncertainty. First, ex-DENR secretary Gina Lopez issued a Department Administrative Order (DAO 2017-10) banning open-pit mining for metallic products. After her rejection by the Commission on Appointments (CA) last May, it was expected that her successor, Sec. Roy Cimatu, … Continue reading Uncertainty in mining policy and the Manicani debate

Ralph Abainza’s geological and sociological notes on Manicani island

Some good observations from a UP Geology undergrad student about Manicani island where an open pit mine is subject to some media and political debate as the anti-mining activists lobby for the full closure of mining operation in the island. Ralph posted this in his fb wall, and was shared by many people and groups. … Continue reading Ralph Abainza’s geological and sociological notes on Manicani island

Open pit mines and open economy

* This is my article in BusinessWorld on October 27, 2017. Open pit mining (OPM) is not as scary and draconian as many activists would paint it to be. Thus the ban on OPM by the CA-rejected ex-DENR secretary Gina Lopez has little or zero technical basis, only emotional outburst. The Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC), the … Continue reading Open pit mines and open economy

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