This week’s mining conference has shown how much work is still needed to heal the relationships between some mining companies and the communities that host their operations. Just yesterday, protesters turned up outside the conference to air their grievances on irresponsible mining outfits. It’s an unfortunate state of affairs for the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP), which organized the meeting on the theme “Responsible Mining: Moving Beyond Compliance.”
Despite the departure of Gina Lopez as Environment secretary, the rest of 2017 has not turned out too positively for the mining industry. Barraged with complaints and the threat of new strangulating regulations, the good eggs in the industry must be fed up with being lumped together with erring businessmen. Their bad business practices only make it harder for any legitimate actor to succeed.