The Philippines Cracks Down on Mining in the Name of the Environment

Demonstrators protest against a mining act, Manila, Philippines, Sept. 19, 2012 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).
Demonstrators protest against a mining act, Manila, Philippines, Sept. 19, 2012 (AP photo by Bullit Marquez).

The Philippines completed an audit of its mining sector over the summer, which last month resulted in 10 mines being closed and another 20 being suspended for environomental violations. In an email interview, Minerva Chaloping-March, a research fellow at the Philippines-Australia Studies Centre at LaTrobe University, discusses the Philippines’ recent crackdown on the mining industry. WPR: How important is the mining sector for the Philippines’ economy, and what impact will the mine closures have on it? Minerva Chaloping-March: The Philippines is a major producer of nickel, gold and copper, and also exports silver, iron ore, chromium and zinc. However, recent […]

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