Solon urges gov’t to use income from mining for COVID-19 response

MANILA, Philippines — A Mindanao congressman on Thursday urged the government to utilize income from local metallic and non-metallic mining operations as funding source for the government's

8/6/2020 3:26:00 PM

Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, in his privilege speech, said the mining industry is “the only answer to our economic woes… that could pay off all the debts incurred now and stimulate growth in our economy.” | NAMercadoINQ

MANILA, Philippines — A Mindanao congressman on Thursday urged the government to utilize income from local metallic and non-metallic mining operations as funding source for the government's

Barbers said the current international trading price of gold had already reached more than $2,000 per ounce, pointing out that the country has “millions upon millions of ounces of gold deposits.”“Aside from gold, we also have lots of other minerals and precious metals. Just imagine the prosperity that we have been missing all this time,” Barbers said.

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Barbers said that as of September 2016, there are about 40 metallic mines and 62 non-metallic mines operating in the country, and these mining companies have already committed P13.1 billion for the development of their host and neighboring communities under their Social Development and Management Programs.

Further, citing MGB’s 2016 data, Barbers said that the industry employs 236,000 workers in the country, with a 0.6 percent contribution to the country’s GDP. Read more: Inquirer »

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NAMercadoINQ That is such an impulsive feckless solution! THINK HARD Rep Barbers! who will gain and who will suffer longer? NAMercadoINQ Ok. Benta sa China.😂 Let us all destroy nature.😡 NAMercadoINQ Ha ha ha..mining?..with those chinese mining our resources 🤣🤣🤣...gumagawa nnmn kayo ng inyung gsgatasan..mga buwaya..pagkalaki laking bueaya neto..

NAMercadoINQ Pondo na nman😂😅 NAMercadoINQ That AGAIN!!! NAMercadoINQ At what cost to our environment? NAMercadoINQ It could but it won't because there's too many hands in the cookie jar. NAMercadoINQ Why put this ahole in news? Porke kasama siya sa 70 to vote down ABS bigla siyang naging makatao? Stop putting them in news unless bayaran kayo.

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NAMercadoINQ Hoy ang dami ng budget that was allocated to the response. Maglalagay nanaman kayo eh wala pa nga output. Grabe naman NAMercadoINQ Bwiset na to! Ngiisip pa ba kau? Binigyan n tau ng pandemya, dpa din kau natututo!!! NAMercadoINQ look forward po into the future. hindi po pambayad utang ang pagsira sa kalikasan.

NAMercadoINQ nako, POGO POGO POGO koIektahin... NAMercadoINQ As per EITI mining industry only contributes 0.65% in GDP. Paano makakasave yun? Mas mataas pa ang Agriculture. NAMercadoINQ That is such an impulsive feckless solution! THINK HARD Rep Barbers! who will gain and who will suffer longer? NAMercadoINQ Nabayaran nga utang na kinurakot,nasira naman kalikasan naten na magreresulta sa paghihirap ng mga mamamayan..

NAMercadoINQ Palibhasa mayayaman dami bahay sa ibang bansa pwedeng lumipat NAMercadoINQ NAMercadoINQ Aprub ka ba dito? NAMercadoINQ Malaki ang kikitain niyo sa mining, pero marami naman ang kawawa pag ang kalikasan ang na magalit.

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