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Fast Facts: Mining and Quarrying Industry


205,000 – estimated employed persons in the mining and quarrying sector according to the recent Labor Force Survey dated July 2011

P84 billion – estimated revenue/sales by the mining and quarrying industry as of November 2008

P110 billion   – estimated contribution of the mining sector to the 2010 gross domestic product, according to the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

P144.4 billion – estimated worth of minerals produced in the country in 2010

$2.5 billion – estimated worth of metals exported by the country in 2010

$18 billion – country’s targeted amount of aggregate mining investments by 2016, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

$840 billion – projected potential mineral production if the country’s entire mining reserves were mined, according to the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines

27 – total number of operating metallic mines in the country as of January 2012, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)

300,000 – estimated small-scale miners in the country, as of December 2011, according to the Environmental Management Bureau

P50.5 billion – estimated worth of gold produced in the country from January to September 2011, according to MGB

P14.14 billion – estimated worth of copper produced in the country from January to September 2011, according to MGB  Inquirer Research

Sources: NSCB, NSO, MGB and Inquirer Archives


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  • https://profiles.google.com/112321137309552715304 Victor Magallanes

    ?????- total number of trees cut.
    ?????- total number of hectares of land damaged.
    ?????- total number of people afflicted with disease due to toxic compounds.
    ?????- total number of people displaced from their lands.
    ?????- total number of flora and fauna destroyed around mining communities.
    ?????- total number of profit mining companies enjoy.
    ?????- total number of funds used to corrupt government officials.

    Will PDI also provide the numbers for this?

  • Manila Mega

    What about you Victor? can you count how much stuff you have at home that would’nt be there if not for mining? the gas that runs your car, the energy you consume, the electronic components that run yours PC and laptop? your jewelries? Get real. our economy needs responsible mining to provide our needs and boost our exports too for more govt revenues that eventually translate to better lives for everyone.

  • Manila Mega

    What about you Victor? can you count how much stuff you have at home that would’nt be there if not for mining? the gas that runs your car, the energy you consume, the electronic components that run yours PC and laptop? your jewelries? Get real. our economy needs responsible mining to provide our needs and boost our exports too for more govt revenues that eventually translate to better lives for everyone. (just weed out corruption so it could be better felt). Cheers



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