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Dr. Reyes gives synthesis in NAST PHL forum

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In the Policy Forum on Mining held on May 26, 2017, Dr. Jaine C. Reyes, associate professor at CPAf, synthesized the presentations of the plenary speakers and discussants. Held at Hotel Jen Manila, Pasay City, the forum was organized by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL).

Dr. Reyes reiterated the issues and concerns raised by the resource speakers and during the open forum. These include the questions on which has more destructive impacts: legitimate/large-scale mining or small-scale mining; open-pit mining or quarrying; cutting of trees from mining or illegal and indiscriminate logging?

She also mentioned that the media have a tendency to exaggerate the effects of mining on environmental degradation, without science-based evidences or without considering other perspectives such as economy, industry, and governance. 

Further, as pointed out in the forum, mining has significant impacts on the ecosystem. “The rehabilitation of the ecosystem to its original state is not possible because there will be modifications in the land use and socio-economic situation of the community after the mining operations has been phased out,” she summarized. 

To address the various concerns of stakeholders in the mining industry, Dr. Reyes clustered policy recommendations that emerged during the forum. These include: a) government policy and resource support to the mining industry, b) transdisciplinary research and development, c) information, education and communication, and d) governance and rural development. These recommendations aim to address the flaws and limitations in the existing national policies on mining as well as on forestry and other related laws.  

The forum was attended by representatives of various stakeholders in the mining sector, such as private sector, non-government organizations, local communities, academe, and research institutions. Speakers and discussants were renowned experts in the field of mining.  Resource speakers were: Dr. Carlo A. Arcilla of the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS), UP Diliman; Acad. Guillermo Q. Tabios III of the Engineering Sciences and Technology Division, NAST PHL; Dr. Rogel A. Santos of MacroAsia Mining Corporation; and Ms. Angelica Dacanay of ABS-CBN’s Bantay Kalikasan. Meanwhile, discussants were: Engr. Glenn Narcelo C. Noble of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Engr. Marivick E. Yao of the Environmental Management Bureau, DENR; and Dr. Mario Juan A. Aurelio of NIGS, UP Diliman.   

NAST PHL, an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology, conducts learning events (e.g., fora, seminars, workshops) regularly to provide venues for the exchange of knowledge and experiences in the various fields of science and technology. Dr. Reyes is among the faculty members of CPAf who is continuously tapped to serve as moderator or speaker in the NAST PHL learning events. (by Stella Concepcion R. Britanico)

 

(For more information about the policy forum, check out NAST PHL’s article at http://www.nast.ph/index.php/13-news-press-releases/302-philippine-mining-industry-its-regulation-and-rehabilitation)

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