It has been an issue for quite some time now in our country, the issue of mining. It is now an imperative to see what the proponents and critics have to say to this long-standing debate. Let us now see…
Creation of jobs – on-field works, organizational works, rural and infrastructural “development”
Revenues to government – income tax, real estate tax, environmental permits and customs
Concerns over fauna, flora, and the environment – water pollution (e.g. Acid rock drainage), deforestation, animal habitat destruction, mountaintop removal, subsidence, destruction, tailing and spoil
Displacement of natives – human rights violation, forced relocation, refugee issue, and violent conflict
Property devaluation – tourism decline, aesthetic damage, and inhospitable homing
Presented was the advantages and disadvantages of the pursuit of economic growth and livelihood through mining, but many questions were not yet answered.
Is responsible mining possible? Is it worth to trade-off environmental stability for a fast-track economic growth in the sector of mining? Is the sustainability of mining guaranteed? And many others.
A parting statement:
Will Filipino tax payers end up picking up the tab in years to come as Canadian taxpayers do now for thousands of abandoned mines in Canada?
Catherine Coumans, Ph.D., MiningWatch Canada
These are the topics of discussion in the Alyansa Tigil-Mina or ATM. To know more about the organization you can visit their website at http://www.alyansatigilmina.net