APEC Mining Task Force Workshop and Public-Private Dialoque

Jose Bayani Baylon - July 3, 2015

I WAS watching TV news yesterday as I was dressing for work when I came across the TV broadcast of Ted Failon’s radio program. He was chatting with the PNP official who had engaged Vice President Jejomar Binay in a staring war outside the Makati City Hall, and Ka Ted was quizzing him about efforts from the camp of the Vice President to apparently settle the matter.

“What are you going to do” asked Ka Ted, “if the guy becomes President?”

A good question and something I am sure the good officer has at the back of his head as he contemplates all the pressures surely bearing down on him to settle – and to stand his ground.


Benguet Nickel Mines Inc. (BNMI) Ushers in Holiday Season to Sta.Cruz communities via various Donations
November 6, 2014

The holiday season surely came early for the communities in Sta. Cruz, Zambales with the donations extended by one of the major nickel mine operators in the province, Benguet Nickel Mines Inc. (BNMI).

BNMI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 111 year old Benguet Corporation, the country’s oldest mining company, has been operating a nickel mine in the Sta. Cruz town of Zambales since 2011.


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.


CoMP Statement

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.


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