Stu­dents bare ben­e­fits of re­spon­si­ble min­ing

Cebu Daily News - - COMMUNITY - /PR

While de­bates are on­go­ing whether the neg­a­tive ef­fects of min­ing out­weigh its ben­e­fits, stu­dents in a thriv­ing min­ing com­mu­nity have some­thing to say.

Asked to write about “How re­spon­si­ble min­ing helps the com­mu­nity” dur­ing the Car­men Cop­per Cor­po­ra­tion Cre­ative Writ­ing Work­shop to­ward an On-the-Spot Es­say Writ­ing Con­test, stu­dent writ­ers in Toledo City ar­gued that there are many ben­e­fits to min­ing, when done re­spon­si­bly.

In his six-para­graph es­say, Louiegee Gabuya of De La Salle An­dres So­ri­ano Memo­rial Col­lege said that Toledo City is what it has be­come to­day, thanks to min­ing.

Toledo be­came a city in the 1960s. Its his­tory and econ­omy are, to a large ex­tent, in­flu­enced by the Toledo cop­per mine, used to be op­er­ated by At­las Con­sol­i­dated Min­ing and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (ACMDC) and now, by its wholly-owned sub­sidiary, Car­men Cop­per Cor­po­ra­tion.

Back then, ACMDC was its largest em­ployer and a ma­jor tax­payer un­til it sus­pended op­er­a­tion in 1994. For more than four decades, ACMDC pro­vided eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties to the Toledanos and res­i­dents of the neigh­bor­ing towns. When the Toledo Cop­per mine re­sumed its op­er­a­tions in 2004 through Car­men Cop­per, it was met with over­whelm­ing sup­port from the dif­fer­ent sec­tors.

“The mine has cre­ated jobs for the lo­cals. Since there are many work­ers and many of these work­ers have fam­i­lies, busi­nesses ap­peared near the mine to sup­ply the needs of the peo­ple. This has greatly im­proved the econ­omy of Toledo. Many more busi­nesses will arise to sup­ply the ever in­creas­ing de­mands of the peo­ple,” Gabuya wrote.

The young writer be­lieves that the ben­e­fits of min­ing can­not be quan­ti­fied by vis­i­ble numbers alone, but also by the chain ef­fects of these var­i­ous projects to the lives of the peo­ple.

For ex­am­ple, a stu­dent who earned his de­gree and now earn­ing for his fam­ily and able to send his sib­ling to school; or, a group of women that re­ceived liveli­hood as­sis­tance to start a meat-pro­cess­ing ven­ture that now brings busi­ness to back­yard hog rais­ers in the same com­mu­nity.

Gabuya is a ju­nior high school stu­dent. He won first place in the Car­men Cop­per Es­say Writ­ing Con­test – High School Cat­e­gory. He re­ceived P4,000 cash, a cer­tifi­cate and a gold medal.

Me­dia Once Na­tional High School stu­dent Ro­ge­mar Basalo said that min­ing com­pa­nies help its im­pacted com­mu­ni­ties through their So­cial De­vel­op­ment and Man­age­ment Pro­gram (SDMP).

SDMP is a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram to­ward the sus­tained im­prove­ment in the liv­ing stan­dards of the host and neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties of com­pa­nies in the ex­trac­tive in­dus­tries pur­suant to Re­pub­lic Act No. 7942, oth­er­wise known as the “Philip­pine Min­ing Act of 1995” and its im­ple­ment­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions through De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der (DAO) 2010-21.

Cit­ing Car­men Cop­per as an ex­am­ple, Basalo wrote that the min­ing op­er­a­tion has helped the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties by build­ing in­fra­struc­tures and by pro­vid­ing free ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment to the res­i­dents.

“They pro­vide schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties to poor chil­dren whose par­ents can­not af­ford to send them to school. Car­men Cop­per rec­og­nizes the eco­log­i­cal and so­cial im­pacts of its min­ing op­er­a­tions. The whole coun­try ben­e­fits from re­spon­si­ble min­ing,” Basalo wrote.

Basalo placed se­cond in the Car­men Cop­per Es­say Writ­ing Con­test – High School Cat­e­gory. He re­ceived P3,000 cash, a cer­tifi­cate and a sil­ver medal.

“Let us hope that many more mines will be like Car­menCop­per—help­ing the econ­omy, the peo­ple, the com­mu­nity and the en­vi­ron­ment. This is what we need. We need busi­nesses that leave a pos­i­tive foot­print,” Gabuya said.

Basalo was fol­lowed by third placer Jenelle Anne D. Man­lan­git of Don An­dres So­ri­ano Na­tional High School.

Aliyah Kim Regalado of De La Salle An­dres So­ri­ano Memo­rial Col­lege, Reshie Belle Carreon of Gen. P. del Rosario Ele­men­tary School and Lyndy Jane Tapi­lot of Malubog Ele­men­tary School, all in Toledo City are first, se­cond and third place win­ners, re­spec­tively in the Ele­men­tary Cat­e­gory. The win­ners re­ceived cash prizes, cer­tifi­cates and medals. those days to be cured, not on the sab­bath day.” The Lord said to him in re­ply, “Hyp­ocrites! Does not each one of you on the sab­bath un­tie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for wa­ter­ing? This daugh­ter of Abra­ham, whom Satan has bound for eigh­teen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sab­bath day from this bondage?” When he said this, all his ad­ver­saries were hu­mil­i­ated; and the whole crowd re­joiced at all the splen­did deeds done by him.


AWARD­ING. Car­men Cop­per AVP-SHEC & Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Ig­na­cio Al­buro (far left), lec­turer/judge Cris Evert La­toRuf­folo (se­cond from right) and DepEd Toledo Schools Di­vi­sion Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Joseph Ir­win Lagura (far right) flank the win­ners in the 1st Car­men Cop­per Es­say Writ­ing Con­test from the sec­ondary level. From left: Jenelle Ann Man­lan­git of DAS Na­tional High School (3rd place), Louiegee Gabuya of De La Salle An­dres So­ri­ano Memo­rial Col­lege (1st place) and Ro­ge­mar Basalo of Me­dia Once Na­tional High School (2nd place).

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