A two-day International Conference on Mining in Mindanao is held at Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) conducted by the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines with a theme “Mina para sa Nasudnong Interes sa Katawhang Pilipino.”
Among the guests are Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, Presidential Adviser on Environment Juan Romeo Nereus O. Acosta, and several other experts, including those from abroad.
The conference focuses mainly on all mining-related issues in the country, especially those reviews pending of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.
AdDU president Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, said that the meeting also aims to give updates on the present situation of Mindanao on the subject of mining and its effects.
The speakers for the conference are Catherine Coumans, Ph.D., MiningWatch Canada research coordinator; Andrew Bauer, Revenue Watch Institute economic analyst; Steve Blodgett, consultant on mining environmental issues; Atty. Marivic Leomen, Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center, Inc. co-founder; and former congresswoman Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel.
Written by Sheba S. Adlawan