Natural resources include copper, nickel, iron, cobalt, silver and gold. Philippines’ mining sector is full of potential and in the world’s top five for copper and gold reserves. In 2010 the Philippines created about 10% of the world’s production of nickel.
Sources: Mines and Geosciences Bureau, USGS, US State Department
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4 April 2013 – The government, the chamber of mines of the Philippines and PWYP affiliated coalition Bantay Kita issued a joint statement on the Philippine implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, as the country applies for candidate status of the initiative.
21 September 2012 – Cielo Magno, Bantay Kita coordinator, is elected to the Publish What You Pay Global Steering Committee.
17 – 21 September 2012 – Members of Bantay Kita participated in PWYP’s Ten Year Anniversary Conference in Amsterdam. Each coalition had to create a poster detailing its recent milestones and achievements. You can view Bantay Kita’s poster here (PDF).
4 August 2011 – The Bantay Kita coalition hosted its first ever national conference, to unite civil society activists engaged in mining advocacy in the Philippines. The conference brought together more than 70 participants, including many representatives from communities directly affected by the adverse impacts of mining.
This field-based study, which included focus-groups and key-informant interviews with a number of stakeholders, concluded that there is a serious lack of transparency in the industry currently – whereby even local governments have difficulty accessing information about the contracts that have been entered into with mining ventures (thus depriving them of the ability to maximize local gains from the industry). The critical processes for securing local consent have too often been manipulated and have led to increased opposition to mining operations, to social division and to conflict.
The principal objective of the conference was to present the initial findings of the research, and to strategize as civil society collectively for future advocacy on extractive industry transparency. The final report will be publicly launched soon – so watch this space!