Honestly, there is something terribly wrong here, Philex Mining have always had an environmental officer. I know that because they are implementing an environmental management system based on ISO 14001 and it is mandatory for environmentally critical projects to have a Pollution Control Officer or Environmental Officer. Executives are not supposed to contemplate on it, they are required to appoint one, accredit him or her in behalf of the company with the DENR-EMB and be accountable together with top management in case of environmental disasters.
There is a big difference between hiring an environmental officer based on DENR Administrative Order No. 26 Series of 1992 and having an “environmentalist” in the team, based on their self-proclaimed advocacy. I have experienced that and it will be difficult, why, because the two would operate in a totally different framework. Philex doesn’t need an environmentalist if the purpose is greenwashing and publicity, their PR people from MVP’s side could definitely do that. I am just not sure if there is a major organizational change since the acquisition of MVP in which the environment and community relations office have been taken out of the picture.
Compliance is mandatory, with or without a public image, a company must comply with applicable environmental regulations within the geopolitical jurisdiction it operates. It just brings me back to the time when I have to deal with these so called “environmentalists” who would question my technical competence based on the way I look…terrible, these people just lack substance when they do not even know the context in which a company must operate to achieve environmental compliance… in the long run, their rarararara…just led to further noncompliance, far from continual improvement and enhanced environmental performance.
Anyway, that is what the public is supposed to understand, being noisier doesn’t assure you of better performance. Are values really distorted nowadays? People can be easily misquoted and vilified. In the end, productivity is lost and seeing Cambodia and Lao PDR achieving better levels of sustainable development just further slows the pace of growth…values are definitely distorted, going against the law seems to be totally acceptable, as long as you are noisy and look better on the outside.