January 22, 2018, 12:04 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07248 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.15117 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03513 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37432 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02466 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03513 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03947 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63391 Bangladesh Taka
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01974 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02619 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13539 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06307 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01974 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25863 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 395.1056 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03943 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02465 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01899 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.98717 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12629 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 56.09039 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.14821 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01974 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.40983 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.49517 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12017 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94356 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24754 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25256 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34873 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.537 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01614 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03952 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01423 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01424 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08955 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95481 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 177.50149 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14478 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.06335 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15424 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4645 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11993 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2536 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.98796 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 262.6801 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06734 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2595 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.36688 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 722.49855 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02684 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44306 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01395 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18305 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02388 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.36803 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.05665 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.11131 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.76199 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.05013 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00592 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01618 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.40616 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.40439 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.70989 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.03631 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.51372 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24018 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06017 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01225 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02645 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1822 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33221 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.99072 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.54431 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.6416 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15887 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.94691 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64535 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3059 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.08092 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36718 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07768 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24178 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.06532 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6045 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15516 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01397 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02711 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00759 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01974 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06337 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06241 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17782 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06737 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.75588 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07183 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07523 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.11021 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.49398 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07401 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15294 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26317 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13811 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15903 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02605 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01423 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43825 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 150.5822 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.09138 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 395.67793 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17269 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.16341 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24082 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62838 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04813 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04392 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07512 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1331 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57902 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.22736 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56937 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.46241 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01974 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56325 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.3513 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19686 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 447.97712 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03691 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0496 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.5818 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05329 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.49813 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92441 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.9329 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24034 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.41761 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.14229 Zimbabwe dollar

Modern Day Luddites

IN the early 19th century English textile workers led by Ned Ludd took to burning weaving machinery that threatened to replace their role in the industry. Thus arose the term “Luddite” which has come to mean someone opposed to industrialization, automation or new technologies.

The term first came to my attention when I hosted the late Dr. Alvin Toffler and his wife Heidi in Manila for their lecture in August of 1994. Dr. Toffler gifted me with a video (in VHS, the format at that time) of his lecture “The Third Wave” based on the book of the same title; in that lecture he mentioned Ned Ludd and his eventually futile attempt to “stop” the onset of change.

I was about to say “progress” but didn’t, because I know that there are some folks among us who do not equate one with the other.

A few days ago I came across news reports announcing that the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) - of which the mining firm I work for, Nickel Asia Corp., is a member - was adopting the standards of the Mining Association of Canada (MAV), called TSM or Towards Sustainable Mining.

The reports carried comments from the usual critics of mining, and one of those quoted was the head of Alyansa Tigil Mina who declared with all finality that “there is no such thing as responsible mining’. I read that and read it again and figured that the statement by the ATM head sounded more definitive than any Papal declaration of late.

But it raises a number of serious questions that ATM should answer.

In their apparently Luddite view of minerals development, when they say that “there is no such thing as responsible mining”, are they speaking about mining in the Philippines, or mining all over the world? Either way, you see, this point of view seems to imply a preference for the return to our caveman ways, and I for one am ready to tell ATM that I am not ready, willing, or able to follow them back to the ways of Fred Flintstone.

If ATM were to say that they believe that there is no responsible mining in the Philippines only, then whether you agree with them or not, the entry of the membership of the COMP into a partnership with the MAC is a step towards adopting the best mining practices from other parts of the world for practitioners in the Philippines. Shouldn’t that be welcome?

Oh, but ATM also goes on to criticize mining practices in Canada, citing allegations of irresponsible acts by some operations. I do not deny that there may be irresponsible actions committed in operations in Canada — there are irresponsible miners everywhere just as there are irresponsible parents, teachers, priests, government officials and activists everywhere — but the acts of a few do not and should not be the basis for condemning a whole industry or a whole class of people! Which, by the way, is a favorite tactic of the Luddite anti-mining groups.

I suspect that if the COMP were to enter into an agreement with the mining association in (put name of country here), ATM and its anti-mining allies will fish out an allegation or two about mining practices in (put name of same country here) and claim that (put country name again here) is NOT a good example of responsible mining practices.

Which brings me to a second option: that ATM In its Luddite-like perspective believes there is no responsible mining of any kind anywhere in the world!

From the time of Fred Flintstone humankind has passed through various stages of development: the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, and now the Information Age. All these stages were made possible because man (or, as Toffler would posit, woman) realized that all around them were riches of the Earth that could be harnessed to make life, well, better. And so as man moved out of caves and into huts that became homes and then subdivisions and then high rises, as he studied more of his world and learned more about his body and explored more of his universe, he had the ability to do so because many of Earth’s resources were available to be tapped, to be harnessed, to be utilized in the process.

Has the utilization always been done in the most optimal way? No, for sure. Early on who knew or cared about pollution, when man numbered in the mere millions and wildlife was far more abundant and we couldn’t see or hear beyond the next village? This is why over the years man has developed regulations and better technologies and that’s why we are where we are today at a stage where the process of improving systems continues. Which is what the COMP-MAC partnership is all about.

Bottom line is : it is always easy to be anti. Anti-this or Anti-that. To many people who romanticize “activism” or being an “Eco-warrior” (while not practicing things like waste segregation at home!), it’s sexy too. But if you think about it, an absolutist opposition to the development of the world’s mineral resources is a condemnation of the progression we have made from the caves of Tabon to the construction sites in Taguig. Yes we can opt to chew leaves for medicinal purposes and shun needles that are a product of mining, or choose a medicine man to chant prayers around us and eschew the latest MRI machines.

But are the members of ATM seriously going to do that and be true to their principles?

Or are these statements just for press releases?

Happy holidays to all, whether you be pro- or anti-mining!
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