SEVEN MONTHS AFTER: GUIUAN'S ROAD TO RECOVERY AND THE WORK THAT LIES AHEAD
July 14, 2014
LAST Wednesday I returned to Guiuan for the first time since late January via a different route – taking a commercial flight to Cebu and then getting on a helicopter for the one-hour flight across Leyte and Leyte Gulf. I have to say that the experience of traveling by helicopter was a joy. I also have to say that seeing Guiuan again was both a joy and a pain.
A joy, because from the air it was very obvious that many – if not most – of the houses and buildings that had lost their roofs were sporting brand new galvanized iron sheeting. This is obviously good, because the rainy season is upon us, and you can imagine the inconvenience (at the very least) of having to sleep with nothing but the sky for your blanket because you literally have no roof over your head.
Philippine Mining Industry Marks 20M Tree Milestone
Miners achieve target 20 million trees planted within 3 years; reaffirms commitment as the country’s largest industrial forester on Arbor Day 2014
June 30, 2014
Quezon City, NCR / 25 June 2014 – In honor of the Philippine observance of Arbor Day 2014, and further to Presidential Proclamation No. 643 enjoining both public and private sectors in planting trees for a healthier ecosystem, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) and its member-companies commemorated the planting of the local mining industry’s landmark 20-millionth tree since 2011. The observance was held at the COMP-supported Lungsod Kalikasan area at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City. Some 150 key officers, company associates and industry stakeholders joined the affair.
Proposed MICC tax increase will kill legitimate mining industry and have negative economic effect
June 2, 2014
The new revenue sharing policy being proposed by the MICC will have a negative effect to government revenues and will render future legitimate mining projects uncompetitive and therefoe unfunded says, CoMP.
The Philippine mining industry currently pays one of the highest tax rates in the world. The MICC proposal to impose more taxes will negatively impact one of the country’s strategic economic potentials rendering Philippine mining projects uncompetitive and killing an industry that directly supports 250 thousand families with a multiplier factor that has benefited millions of Filipinos.
TO INCREASE GOVT SHARE, NO NEED TO RAISE TAXES, JUST MAXIMIZE BENEFIT STREAMS FROM MINING
Chamber of Mines suggests options to increase government take from mining projects
May 29, 2014
“If government wants a bigger take from mining, there are many other options it can explore before increasing the tax on mining, which is a step that will likely kill the industry: it can encourage local investment and development linkages to supply and interconnect with mining projects. It can revive idle or abandoned mines to generate new employment and revenues. Most importantly, it can (and should) enforce taxation of small-scale mining projects and non-metallic or quarry operations for stones and sand and gravel. Any of these options will result in increased revenues for government without imposing an additional burden on an already heavily-taxed industry,” said Ronald Recidoro, Vice President for Policy of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines.
PUSONG MINERO GIVES OLD TARPS NEW LIFE
Repurposing used billboards as temporary shelter for disaster relief
April 3, 2014
“It all began with typhoon Sendong that hit Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in 2011,” said Atty. Leo Dominguez, relating how the Philippine Mine Safety & Environment Association (PMSEA) Pusong Minero Program got started with their get-a-tarp campaign to complement the regular rescue and relief operations they conduct in times of natural calamities.
“On a drive back to Davao from Cagayan de Oro in late December 2011, I got a call from my daughter’s friend, Maria. She knew I had been involved in disaster relief work in Iligan and expressed a desire to be involved. I said ‘Certainly!’ and relayed to her the need for basic shelter in the disaster areas,” he said.
COMP PROPOSES PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP IN ABANDONED MINES REHAB
As House Committee looks into ways to rehabilitate abandoned mines
April 3, 2014
During the hearings of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources heard last week, Atty. Ronald Recidoro, Vice President for Policy of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, proposed that funding for rehabilitation efforts of the country’s abandoned mines need not come from public coffers.
“The private sector is more than willing to take on the challenge of rehabilitating abandoned mines. Government just needs to allow it to be a viable business proposition” Recidoro said.
DON'T FORGET MINERALS DEVELOPMENT!
Our mineral wealth can contribute enormously to poverty reduction and inclusive growth
March 21, 2014
President Aquino recently announced that in the new action plan for poverty reduction, the government will employ a “geographic” approach: classifying the 30 poorest provinces into three categories, prioritizing economic opportunities, enhancing mobility of labor and goods, and increasing disaster resilience in each. (See article: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/577579/30-poorest-provinces-to-get-more-funds-aquino)
The Chamber of Mines applauds this approach.
BUT … we also urge the government not to forget minerals development in its plans – as a vital gear in driving the economy forward.
In its 2012 Report “Taking the Right Road to Inclusive Growth”, the Asian Development Bank finds that “the Philippines’ biggest need is to develop a stronger industrial base to enable the economy to “walk on two legs” of industry and modern services, to create productive job opportunities for the growing working-age population.”
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Working with Nature: Mining & Biodiversity
The theme for this year’s photo contest is “WORKING WITH NATURE: Mining and Biodiversity” – photographs showing activities, events, objects, or scenery illustrating that mining and biodiversity can co-exist in protecting and enhancing the environment, and showing that productive and sustainable co-existence takes place in the mining areas’ environment; photographs that tell us what responsible mining is and provide a sense of what it is like to live in an area where mining companies operate.
In a motion filed in June 19, 2013 with the Supreme Court, the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) -- represented by former Chief Justice Reynato Puno and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza -- is asking the high tribunal’s permission to intervene in two petitions again challenging the constitutionality of the Mining Act of 1995.