Open-pit mining environment impact seen outweighing economic benefits

The return of open-pit mining promises to boost the economy, but this possibly comes at the expense of damaging the environment and living conditions of residents near the mines.

Political scientist Ruth R. Lusterio-Rico, the associate dean of UP Diliman’s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy said the move should be weighed given the impact of large-scale mining on local communities. Admittedly, there are economic benefits that can be gained for implementing this, but it should be weighed against the long-term impact of mining activities on the environment and the lives of people.

Lusterio-Pico, who also studies environmental politics, said the government and miners must ensure that the lives of those in mining communities are not disrupted. However, she said the consequences of open-pit mining are inevitable in the event of  accidents.

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