A Round Table Discussion
SECURING RIGHTS AND SUSTENANCE FROM OUR PATRIMONY:
Practice, Myth and Transparency Conversations on 60 Years of Mining and Beyond
November 15, 2013
Maryknoll Sanctuary Auditorium, 25 Sto Tomas North Road, Campo Sioco, Baguio City
From 2012 to the present, multi-sectoral protests against mining have broadened all over Northern Luzon. The approval of several Exploration Permits, MPSA and FTAA for the extraction and exportation of gold, copper, manganese, molybdenum, magnetite sand and other minerals signaled conflicts between the affected communities and local or foreign mining companies from Australia, Britain, Canada, China and South Africa.
Environmental destruction from reef to ridge are continuously happening. Loss of biodiversity, destruction of forests, watersheds and marine ecosystems and increased emission of greenhouse gases due to open-pit mining techniques are transpiring all at the cost of profit raking by large-scale companies. Large-scale mining has increased the vulnerability of mining communities.
KADUAMI initiated a round table discussion on mining. This is a follow up activity from the Northern Luzon Summit on Mining and Human Rights. The RTD presented the updates since 2011 to the present especially in light of the Chamber of Mines declaration of 60 years of mining in the Philippines. It was also a parallel activity for the annual Chamber of Mines Conference in Baguio City where they showcase their much touted “responsible mining” claim.
The round table discussion was attended by mining affected communities, academe, church and social action programs and media.