Cobalt mining and TRAIN

* This is my article in BusinessWorld last March 01, 2018. Many people are enamored — and rightly so — with consumer electronics and gadgets like smartphones, iPads, laptops, and so on. Then, there is new and huge global demand for electric cars and bikes, even electric buses and trucks. All these products and equipment need batteries, … Continue reading Cobalt mining and TRAIN

Lower taxes via more mineral exports

* This is my article in BusinessWorld last February 6, 2018. Countries that impose zero income taxes on their nationals are dependent on extracting and exporting their natural resources such as oil and natural gas. Qatar, Bahrain, Brunei, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates are examples of such countries. Instead of minimizing the extraction of … Continue reading Lower taxes via more mineral exports

Mining and natural disasters

* This is my article in BusinessWorld on December 15, 2017. Environmental activists claim that the planet is going into a deepening death spiral with more and more people either killed or displaced by natural disasters that occur around the world. The method and counting of deaths and displacement, however, is deceptive. Whether flood or drought, torrential … Continue reading Mining and natural disasters

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