June 21, 2009 in Cordillera
By ARTHUR ALLAD-IW
Last of three parts
Revitalization of mining industry
The mining in the region is part of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s campaign to revitalize the mining industry, according to Cordillera regional agencies. Earlier last year, Malacanang said that the mining industry will generate $1.4 billion in investments in last three years and raise it to $10 billion by 2011.
The development to be brought by mining, however, is being questioned by elders and local officials. Sagada Sangguniang Bayan Member Jaime Dugao claimed that “development” brought by mining is lopsided for the benefit of corporate interests, even the employment promises will not assure accommodation of the locals who are mostly not having the technical know-how on large and advance mining. Read the rest of this entry →