The Philippines Re-Regulate and Re-Vamp Mining by ProQuest


The time taken for the Supreme Court to ratify this law was a key factor accounting for the lack of investment between 1995 and 2004, though low commodity prices did not help either. There needs to be successful examples of mines in operation that can help demonstrate the positive changes that mining can bring to a community to overcome a latent local prejudice, the result of bad stories from the past, notably the 1996 Marcopper and late 2005 Rapu Rapu incidents, when tailings dam spills polluted the seas around the mine sites. The combination of coastal locations and occasional typhoons like Typhoon Frank, which sank the MV Princess of Stars, make open-pit mining and building tailings dams a real challenge.

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