July 19, 2018, 7:49 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0687 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01833 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03442 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51646 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02528 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0333 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03741 Barbados Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07203 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27899 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 374.4856 Belarus Ruble
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02464 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01868 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.20576 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12563 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 53.5578 Colombian Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 3.32024 Djibouti Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.93303 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19981 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25129 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33389 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51106 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01606 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03917 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01429 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01431 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08962 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88982 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.66816 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14005 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.88103 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1468 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44747 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1187 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26057 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.20183 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.36027 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06796 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28159 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.25963 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 813.69248 Iran Rial
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.43547 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01325 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11107 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.8771 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27484 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.70146 Cambodia Riel
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1 Philippine Peso = 16.83502 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.15413 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00566 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01534 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.4508 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.22035 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.15189 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.98915 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 3.00412 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24822 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05703 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01161 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02573 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17723 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31076 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98373 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.78638 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.80995 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15122 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.64048 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64347 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29125 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.40105 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35353 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07589 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24819 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.7153 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58586 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15284 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04293 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02753 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00719 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06114 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06073 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.39618 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0692 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.97905 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06809 Qatar Rial
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.18 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.95267 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07015 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14747 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25122 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33483 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16573 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02554 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0143 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41538 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 153.38571 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.68088 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 393.68313 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16367 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.633 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24845 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62252 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04952 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04351 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08966 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12587 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57159 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.49906 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49158 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.56977 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58277 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 145.09914 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 2239.05724 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 431.12608 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04265 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04883 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05051 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90591 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.67265 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24818 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.07258 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76955 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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