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Australia ready to help PH mining industry

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By Antonio L. Colina IV

DAMAGE TO NATURE – This aerial photo shows the severe effects of a mining operation in Loreto town in Dinagat Island, while inset photo shows anti-mining protesters in the streets of Surigao City Monday. (AFP, Roel N. Catoto)

DAMAGE TO NATURE – This aerial photo shows the severe effects of a mining operation in Loreto town in Dinagat Island, while inset photo shows anti-mining protesters in the streets of Surigao City Monday. (AFP, Roel N. Catoto)

Davao City – A senior trade commissioner of the Australian government said that her country was willing to collaborate with the Philippine government and mining players to achieve sustainability in mining industry.

“We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with government and industry to share the practices in Australia to achieve sustainable mining and environment-friendly mining. We can collaborate because we do think that it can be done,” said Australia’s senior trade commissioner in Manila Elodie Journet Monday.

Journet added that Australia has the proven track record in ensuring the communities and the environment are protected in places where mining operations are going to be undertaken.

“We’ve proven that it can be done and we feel with great technology, services and also regulatory requirement can be put in place to ensure not only protect your communities and environment but also you can create jobs for the community,” she said.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte had underscored that Australia should serve as a benchmark for the mining industry in the Philippines.

As such, Journet said that they were open to share the best practices of their country in terms of how agriculture, mining and environment can co-exist in one area.

“We will look into sharing that knowledge with Mindanao, how to further develop the mining and resources sector,” she said.

“We, as a country, believe that it is very much important for anyone that’s undertaking mining do some responsibility. It’s very important to protect the environment. We agree with the stance that it has to be sustainable, but we think there is a possibility to have both mining and sustainability together,” she added.

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