Livelihood Opportunities and Poverty Alleviation…Oh Lord!

Three consecutive posts about Compostela Valley, Philippines. First of a happier time a few weeks back. I even posted that picture happy picture as my facebook profile photo. It seems climate change is indeed a reality but over and over again in a year we keep on hearing the news of dead bodies being recovered …

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Accepting the Risks of a Hazardous Situation

44 dead in Compostela Valley town. Less than a month ago with my guides, we passed by the town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley Province, Philippines.  First comment was the town was experiencing progress. Roads are being concreted and travel was easy. The province was known for limited infrastructure and undeniably small scale illegal …

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Pangilinan says Philex to hire environmental officer | ABS-CBN News

Pangilinan says Philex to hire environmental officer | ABS-CBN News. 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 …

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Palawan’s complicated politics

Palawan’s complicated politics. I would like to share this commentary from the Manila Standard Today. To me, and based on my discussions with a number of people in Puerto Princesa, the conspiracy theory is true.   In dealing with corporate entities, compliance to applicable legal requirements is essential in having a sustainable operation.  Noncompliance to the …

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