Under Mining Philippines
While the mining industry players are assured about destroying the ground helping the country out of poverty, the people are convinced that the same industry will not bring any good but harm in this nation. Philippine Mining Act of 1995 is lethal.
For 17 years, Mining Act of 1995 or Republic Act No. 7942 had given this country and the Filipino citizenry not a benefit but a concentration of the military in the territory, displacement of inhabitants, devastated state and abandoned land. Seventeen years is long enough to disprove their erroneous claim of upholding the nation which their hands had doomed to poverty.
Ironically, the government had also displaced its military men and arm forces authorized to use lethal weapon by assigning the very organization to use forces against the ancestral people, thus serving not the bonafide Filipinos but the foreign mining industry and its insatiable greed.
Due to its rich minerals—both metallic and non-metallic—and being one among those with the prosperous gold mines in Southeast Asia, iron, petrochemical oil, magnetite and other biodiversity, the Philippines became the target of both the local and multinational mining companies for extraction.
Most applicants of mining are foreign companies. And the mere approbation of every application—with Cordillera more than 32,000 approved and 73,000 in line, Southern Tagalog with 909,583.083 hectares application, CARAGA with 1, 884, 697 hectares of land miners area and 98.80% of metallic worth to be extracted in Bicol—both large scale and small scale mining, both legal and illegal—is but a threat of destruction to the system of this country and to the country itself.
Mining does not provide employment. In fact, from 1990-2008, it had only provided an annual percentage of 1.17 job opportunities to people. It does not generate economy, for all mining and quarrying activities are only subject to 2% excise tax, highly favourable not to the Filipino but only to the foreign and big industries.
According to the constitution, the mining industry plays a big and vital role for the Philippines’ development and economy. The constitution is wrong. People’s need, not corporate greed. What this country needs is national industrialization not militarized area, unending human rights violation, chemically contaminated land, exploited, devastated and abandoned nation.
Their argument for seventeen years that the Mining Act of 1995 would provide additional jobs, better life and development to this country had been disproved by its very effect to the Philippines. I, Barbons Ecclestias, in behalf of the oppressed and the 99%, condemn the lame government of Aquino administration for merely following the path that had led this country to its destitution.
Change not only the face, but the entire erroneous system. I demand you, Pres. Benigno Aquino III, to scrap Philippines Mining Act of 1995.