The Philippines is not conducive to socially responsible mining—not yet. There’s a lot of cleaning up to be done. The national government can start by making mining companies pay up for the damages that their operations are expected to bring.
The Foundation for the Philippine Environment saw, as we did, the need to put matters in perspective before the government grants any more mining permits. They provided funding for this special issue. Editorial judgment was left to us.
Roel Landingin, our guest editor, came up with a very comprehensive lineup of stories. This is the first journalistic assessment of the mining industry since the Supreme Court upheld the mining act in 2004.
We invite you to establish with us whether miners and officials have learned from mining’s ugly past