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Ateneo-Davao to hold mining gab anew

November 9, 2012 ·  , Arianne Caryl N. Casashttp://www.sunstar.com.ph

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Friday, November 9, 2012

THE Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) will conduct anew a conference on mining in Mindanao that will give focus on small-scale mining on the island.

The conference will take place on November 15-16 at Finster Auditorium of AdDU.

With the theme “Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining in Mindanao: Issues, Opportunities and Future Options,” the conference aims to gather stakeholders of all sectors and create an association for consultation and dissemination of information.

“It is our desire that this conference will serve as a platform for the stakeholders to identify how artisanal and small-scale mining in Mindanao can be managed as a legal, responsible, safe and efficient livelihood opportunity, with inputs from international experiences,” Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, president of AdDU said in a statement.

“At the same time, we want this to be an avenue to analyze and articulate the economic needs of artisanal and small-scale miners, map market opportunities, and develop practical recommendations for alternative livelihoods, including small and medium enterprises and supply chain development,” he added.

Lawyer Romeo T. Cabarde Jr., University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council chair, reiterated on Thursday the stand of AdDU on mining, on the call to repeal the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.

“At the moment, we are calling for a moratorium on mining until such time the Philippines will be able to review, re-pass, and enact a mining law that is pro-people, pro-environment that is not detrimental to our several communities,” Cabarde told reporters in Thursday’s I-Speak forum held at the City Hall.

For as long as the law has not been repealed, he said, they appeal that no mining application be granted or approved.

“We are not saying absolutely we are against mining. We do recognize nga naay contribution ang mining but we will only approve of such industry if nahiluna na ang atung balaud-on sa Pilipinas,” Cabarde said.

It can be recalled that AdDU hosted a conference on mining in Mindanao in early January this year.

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