The other speaker was Engr. Gabriel “Gab” Pamintuan Jr., an alumni and part-time faculty member of Mining Engineering in UP, with an MS in Petroleum Engineering in a US university, and currently pursuing a PhD in nuclear engineering.
Including those who come and go, there could be 100+ students who attended the forum. One young faculty member from the National Institute of Geological Sciences (UP NIGS) brought her entire class to the forum. She later asked for my presentation and that of Gab, to be among her resource materials in her presentation at a forum abroad this month.
Among the slides I showed, below. If the direct and indirect payments are summed up, the local communities really benefit from sustainable, long-term, scientific and corporate large-scale mining. Workers and their kids who have free or subsidized housing, free private hospitalization, private school, roads and street lighting, etc. Then the non-employees who have shops, carinderias, vendors who cater to the needs of officers and employees. Not to mention the various taxes, fees, royalties, paid to local and national government units. My 23-slides presentation is posted in slideshare here.
Still, many people hate mining, especially corporate mining without understanding, or refusing to understand that a lot of bad and negative images of mining destruction come from “small scale”, short-term, guerilla type of mining. Gab Pamintuan’s presentation with lots of photos was truly an eye-opener.
With members of UP Miners. Thanks again, Neil Clark, for the invite. This is the 2nd time that I spoke at UP Miners’ forum, the 1st time was last year, held at the UPSE auditorium.
There were also participants from Adamson University, geology students, below. They traveled from Manila to UP in Quezon City to hear the discussion.