Urban tailings, or upland farm tailings or mud, coming from Pasig River and its upland tributaries like portions of Laguna Lake and Marikina River.
|Manila Bay, mouth of Pasig River|
|Rio Tuba River, Bataraza, Palawan|
|Mining ores ready for transport to waiting ships|
|Another ore stockpile area in Rio Tuba|
The next four photos are from my camera phone, taken last March 15-16, 2013 on my visit there. Below is the main active mining area where earth-moving equipment like huge tractors, bulldozers, backhoes and trucks are working. It is being surrounded by previously mined out areas that have been rehabilitated and are now covered by forest trees, or dried up mine tailings pond, waiting to be rehabilitated and reforested.
A big painting on the wall of one of the buildings inside the company compound. The various awards received by the company out of its 3 decades plus in operation.
A big clubhouse inside the company compound. The compound is privately owned in Barangay Rio Tuba proper and outside the mining claims.
The guest house where I and other visitors of the company stay. It's a modest place with a lobby that also serve as a briefing or conference area, then dining tables, then small air-con rooms. There is wifi inside but internet connection is slow.
It is true that not all big mining companies are doing the above shown responsible mining practice. Public pressure should be turned on them so they will become responsible miners too. The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CMP) as the sole industry association should be able to police its own ranks and member companies. Then public pressure for a "No to Mining whatsoever" or "Stop Mining at all cost" will become a hollow campaign.
Mining 6: Large Investments vs. Large Bureaucracies, February 19, 2013
Mining 7: Mining Taxation and Government, March 08, 2013
Mining 8: Rio Tuba Mining in South Palawan, March 17, 2013
Mining 9: Supreme Court Hearing on RA 7942, March 27, 2013