February 27, 2017

Green Business Rise at the Downfall of Mining Companies

Green projects approved by DENR can replace jobs from mine closures.
According to the Philippine Star, "While there is still no full tally of the total number of workers to be affected by the closure order slapped by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on 23 mining firms, Pernia noted the entire mining and quarrying industry employs only around 217,000 workers, accounting for 'half of one percent of total persons employed.'"
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said in a recent interview: “Gina (Environment Secretary Gina Lopez) says she has alternative employment for them. She is into local area development to make local areas more attractive for tourism. We also have a lot of construction projects.”
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Around 13 towns in Dinagat and Surigao might turn into ecotourism sites integrated with organic farms for sustainable sources of livelihood for the communities.
“In mining, the money goes out (of the community) but here in a green economy, 95 percent of the money is retained (in the community),” she said.