The World Of Constant Change…
October 5, 2010
The Local Government administrations in two provinces of Mindoro strongly opposed mining investment while it is undeniably clear that the services required by the people is uncountable and seemed endless, the demand for services, assistance and project funding lies only in revenue allotment coming from the National Government.
We truly can not blame all these oppositionists, what have been magnified were the evils of past mining, they perceived dangers and risks to the people of Mindoro and the poor information campaign as to the transparency of the exploration company, they have been in the province for 11 years doing the exploration and finally their evaluation as they claimed will mark the new potentials for the province and maybe for the entire country.
Perils in mining like mine tailings, toxic hazards, degradation of forest, environmental change, social acceptability, displacement of indigenous people are likely the key reasons why the people and the Catholic Church stood strong in opposing the mining in the province they maybe right in their stance but today innovative scientific mitigating designs of engineering completely change the landscape of world mining.
This project given the chance to be presented in details likewise with the work plan as mandated in 1995 Mining Act may have brought for the next 35 years new developments, getting taxes over 700 million pesos in a year for the province and the host municipalities and may even provide mitigating measures to flooding, may improve farming due to fertilizer subsidy, may even lower the cost of electricity and as a whole will bring massive employment and more than that will bring more classrooms, books, hospitals and livelihood assistance to the many sectors of local communities.
This time oppositions to the project are in high level of euphoria surely they are very appreciative of the recent development because they have practically repelled the mining investment and now the company decided to slash down local operation and wait until the climate of investment appears to be conducive and inviting, we can not deny the fact that their explorations made recognition to Mindoro today, we have so far the highest nickel deposit in Asia if not in the whole world today.
Surely this opportunity for the country and the province will one day come into operation maybe when the people understands that they need a catalyst to enhance development specially when the people demands for services in many field and the province can not cope to the past growing and bloating budget requirement.
The investor’s temporary cessation of operation and with the massive lay offs of hundreds of employees may serve as challenge to local government officials that the fight they fought hard in opposing the investment during their individual campaign may serve as their guiding light to bring services for the people for they surely are aware the sweet promises of change and development are not an easy task and these are all equated to funds which the National Government is also in short fall.
It is not enough to simply stand and say NO TO MINING, We will not allow mining in the province. Politicians have responsibilities to their constituents, they should design a program to counteract the lingering illness of poverty and direct the people to new road of opportunities which they have openly pronounced during the political campaign, as to how to do it? That remains to be seen.. You will all be judged according to your individual performances in service to the people.
On the hind site no one can claim victory both for the investor and the oppositions, No one can tell whether they are right or wrong but one thing is sure people the province will experience again the lost opportunities seemingly alike to Malampaya after the bickering, after the protests and the rallies one day you will see it working and will be operational the coming decades..
Perhaps the best effort everyone should do now is to find the wisdom in learning and knowing things we do not know and acknowledge our intellectual limitations, listen to the trained, educated and experts and attain social sound judgement to issues of development based on scientific reasons and facts, when we do that we should always remember we do not know what is stored for us in the future and in this world nothing is permanent except CHANGE.
EYE CATCHER 2010