Mining In Tampakan
Tampakan, South Cotabato (photo from antipinoy.com)
|The famous Mt. Susong Dalaga | photo from southcotabatonews.com|
|area of mining operation (photo from SMI site)|
|an example of open-pit mining (photo from lessrain blog)|
- Could help spur economic growth in the country by attracting new investments, creating jobs and reducing poverty.
- Mining companies just had to adhere to responsible mining practices that placed great emphasis on environmental protection and preservation and social equity.
- The copper-gold mine was also projected to generate $37 billion in export earnings and 7,000 full time jobs based on SMI data. During the construction period, the project could provide employment to as many as 10,500 people, the majority of them are members of the host communities.
“If full-scale operations begin, at least five indigenous communities may be impacted. An estimated 20,000 hectares of sustainable farmlands would be threatened by the environmental impacts of the mining, jeopardizing the food security of the region.”
|aerial view of Open-pit Mining in Marinduque (photo from fractions illustrated)|
|Surigao mining (photo from skyscrapercity.com)|
- Fault lines in Tampakan pose risks to the stability of the mine
- Threat to food security
- False promise of employment and income opportunities
- Militarization and Human Rights Violations
- Displacement of IP communities
UPDATE: I am thankful that I was able to talk to different people that link to this issue. I now see the both sides of the story. (06-25-12)