Mining and responsibility
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
One of the top environmental issues in our country today is mining. Other important ones that need attention are water pollution, soil pollution, air pollution, typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanic eruption, earthquakes, tsunami, and toxic waste, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.
Environmental and other groups strongly oppose mining because of its negative effects on the land and the fear that it could cause health problems in the community.
The MGB announced that about 5 million hectares mineralized areas in our country are now open to local and foreign investors.It is estimated that 37 percent of Philippine forest may be exposed to new mining in the next decade.
Reports of fact-finding groups composed of human rights and environmental experts from the United Kingdom warned that water contamination from mining is one of the top three ecological security threats in the world. Many active and exploratory concessions are located in areas of high seismic risk and in water catchment areas near the sea.
Global warming, water and air pollution have been given attention by both national and local governments by taking some measures to save our coastal areas as marine sanctuary, and protecting other natural resources around the country.
However we realize what mining could mean to our country's economy, so any proposal or bids to operate such projects here should first assure that they have the decency and sense of environmental responsibility before their offers are considered.*