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Freedom of Information: A Privilege and Responsibility

Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) co-founder and current Dean of Academic Affairs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Shiela Coronel told her audience: “twenty-five years ago, the term ‘investigative reporting’ was little-known in Asia. Today, journalists throughout Asia are using freedom-of-information laws, data analysis, social media, collaborative tools and the latest in digital technology. They are writing about corruption, human slavery, dirty money and environmental problems.”3

Throughout this time, we’ve been told that Asians value consensus over exposure. They’re wrong: Speaking truth to power is an Asian value”.3

It helps if the investigative reporter is a damned good writer and storyteller – suspenseful but not sensationalistic, and with a colorful style especially with a blockbuster whodunit. Coronel said that once journalists and citizens have had a taste of independence and freedom, it is hard to go back to the dark ages. She pointed out the immense changes in Asia in the past 20 years, among them toppled dictatorships and opening markets.3

In the aftermath of Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), Facebook became an important alternative form of communication and future emergency preparedness plans should include it. Posting a status update on Facebook was the quickest way to communicate.1

Faced with limited access, Facebook proved useful to many residents to update their relatives about their plight as we all as to ask for help. What happened during Yolanda demonstrated how media users quickly learn to adopt technologies to suit their peculiar needs during a communication network paralysis. Educating residents about the value of social media channels will make social media use during disasters more efficient.1

News exchange in Facebook is a classic example of democratization of information. Reports said that Facebook has changed the way users consume news such that searching has become highly personal and has cleared away third-party editorial judgment.2

As a social media, it makes us both the source and reciever of information. Lastly, it is the speed by which information is brought to our knowledge that gives social media an edge over other news media.2

It is the politics of ‘liking’ a particular Facebook post that somehow develops a culture of conformity, which is reinforced by cyberbullying. A lot of people have been shamed without being given the proper forum to explain themselves.2 I realized that the internet can be both a gold mine and a minefield”, says Coronel 3

Thus, the manner by which we express our disagreements over an issue paints a picture of our civility, and most importantly of how we accord respect to our neighbor. In a society with high-level of political tolerance, people do not impose their beliefs on others but seek to raise the quality of dialogue and peaceably live amid their differences. Hence, it is high-time to check not just our Facebook status but also out degree of respect toward each other.2

For decades, but especially since the EDSA ‘People Power Revolution’ restored the press freedom in the country. The Philippines has prided itself in having one of the freest, if not THE freest press in the region.4

Not everyone, ofcourse, welcomed the wild and wooly media environment that emerged with the Marcoses’ departure. As former president Fidel Ramos once declared, whenever he read the day’s papers, “some make me want to commit suicide, while others make me want to commit homicide”.4 And as he mentioned in his latest State of the Nation Address, P-Noy felt aggrieved by the almost daily slings and arrows of criticisms, leading him to wonder why he ever chose the path of public service. 4

The answer should be clear to him – and to us as well. P-Noy chose the difficult path of public service and leadership not just because of his own personal history but because he believes in democracy, as he declares again and again.4

For us Filipinos, the stalled Freedom-of-Information bill is still deterrent to good investigative reporting.3 And democracy relies in large part on freedom of the press, in freedom not just of journalists but also of the people to access all the information they deserve, the better to make the right decisions and choices when they need to.4

Teach the journalists in question some manners. Chide them for their boorishness.4 But passing the freedom-of-information bill is not only fundamental to what we proudly call a ‘free’ press but to a democratic nation as well.

References:

1 The Philippine Daily Inquirer, ‘Disaster Preparedness Plan Must Include Social Media’. November 10, 2014. Edson Tandoc.
2 The Philippine Daily Inquirer, ‘Social Media Users Challenged: Be Respectful’. November 10, 2014. Esmeralda Abarabar.
3 The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Human Face. ‘Uncovering Asia Through Investigative Journalism’. Ma. Ceres P. Doyo.
4 The Philippine Daily Inquirer, At Large. ‘Journalists Behaving Badly’. Rina Jimenez-David.

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QED remains unfazed, adjusts sails to mining industry descent

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On the cover: Quest Exploration Drilling’s (QEDs) mining equipment featured in an ongoing Masbate Project.

“Exploration is not mining. Exploration is just finding out what’s out there. Exploration in itself is an industry and can provide significant benefits to the government revenue base, but more importantly to the rural communities” – Allan Blackley, CEO/Managing Director of Quest Exploration Drilling (QED).

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Issue 4 Cover Story, The Philippine Resources Journal: Interview with industry veteran and Quest Exploration Drilling (QED) CEO/Managing Director Mr. Allan Blackley.

The Philippine Resources Journal speaks with Quest Exploration Drilling’s (QED) CEO and Managing Director Allan Blackley, who highlights the difficulties the resources sector is currently facing midst an investment market with lowering commodity prices. The full interview can now be read in the Journal’s 4th issue.

For more information about this story, please get in touch with the journalist at twitter [@misstolentino22]

Industry Players Challenge Anti-Mining Advocates present RTNMC as Case Study in Mining Philippines 2014

Mining Philippines 2014, Sofitel Hotel, Manila – Trying to keep its head above water, the mining industry has had it share of blacks and blues this 2014. With a mix of interesting political personalities that graced the annual affair, it was not surprising to note that this year’s event was leaner compared to 2013.

Among the political personalities who attended were: Philippine Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano – who among the three, gave the best “talk” in the room (Cayetano deviated from his presentation and opted to speak openly about his stand on mining). It was noticed that VP Binay was non-committal on his stand on mining and the current issues the industry is facing.

Aside from the fact that the current administration is “against mining” (as stated by Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano), a number of foreign mining companies, together with their investors, have resolved to pack up and slowly take their business elsewhere. But the Chamber will not take this sitting down. In fact, they are looking at another 25 years in the business.

The Chamber of Mines Philippines (COMP) has been very vocal from the start about the misconceptions on mining particularly by those organizing the Save Palawan Movement, calling the advocacy a lie.

Getting the facts straight.  "Stop the Lying in Palawan" - COMP
Getting the facts straight.
“Stop the Lying in Palawan” – COMP

For more information about the Philippine mining industry, please visit and download resource materials from COMP’s presentations here.


Bigger Players Joining In

OceanaGold Sustainable Agroforestry Inc. (OGSAI), an affiliate of OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc. (OGPI), have set-up ‘green’ alternatives to their mineral resource development. “Now that the Didipio Mine is in operation, we want to push  sustainable environmental compliance with our advance rehabilitation programs and keep OceanaGold institutionalized as a ‘Green’ environment-friendly mining company,” said OGSAI Chairman Jose Leviste Jr.

Back in Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) aka “Nickel Asia Country” (Bataraza, Palawan) ~

Bataraza, Palawan - My trip to Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation's (RTNMC) mine site. Note to self: When surveying mine sites, boots provide better traction. Sheesh.
Bataraza, Palawan – My trip to Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation’s (RTNMC) mine site. Note to self: When surveying mine sites, boots provide better traction. Sheesh.
Bataraza, Palawan - In Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC), children of employees are given MAC computers for study.  RTNMC is one of the mining companies in the country providing education, health and living services  for its residents/employees.
Bataraza, Palawan – In Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC), children of employees are given MAC computers for study. RTNMC is one of the mining companies in the country providing housing, employment, education and healthcare opportunities for its residents/employees.
According to sources, women are becoming better miners of RTNMC. They are educated and bring more to the family income compared to their male counterparts. Featured in this picture are women of the Palawan tribe, also products of its educational system.
According to sources, women are becoming better miners of RTNMC. They are educated and bring more to the family income compared to their male counterparts. Featured in this picture are women of the Palawan tribe, also products of its educational system.

In Brief:

  1. A leaner number of mining exhibitors and participants in recent Mining Philippines conference
  2. A non-committal VP on actual stand with the industry
  3. An interesting industry ‘champion’ in the person of Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano
  4. A more involved industry that continue to challenge the misinformed mindset on mining (RTNMC, OceanaGold, etc.)
Vice President Jejomar Binay graces Mining Philippines 2014. Rumored potential Binay-MVP tandem on 2016. Speech non-committal about mining industry policy changes.
Vice President Jejomar Binay graces Mining Philippines 2014. With rumored potential Binay-MVP tandem on 2016, his speech was non-committal on actual industry stand and mining policy changes.
Vice President Jejomar Binay together with (L-R) Chamber of Mines Philippines (COMP) President Philip Benjamin Romualdez and COMP Chairman, Prof. Artemio Desini
Vice President Jejomar Binay together with (L-R) COMP President Philip Benjamin Romualdez and COMP Chairman, Prof. Artemio Desini
Mining Philippines 2014 kicks off with Sen. Grace Poe as guest speaker for the first of the three day event. Featured with Poe is Chamber of Mines President Mr. Philip Benjamin Romualdez.
Mining Philippines 2014 kicks off with Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares as guest speaker for the first of the three day event.  “I am also fully supportive of the Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative [PH-IETI] because it promotes greater transparency in the mining sector,” she said. Aside from full disclosure of contracts, Poe also encouraged the mining industry to “publish what you pay.” At present, 40 of the 51 mining firms operating in the Philippines have already allowed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to inspect their financial records.
Mining is an industry we need and a major part of our development as a country - Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano
Mining is an industry we need and a major part of our development as a country – Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano. A potential ‘Champion’ for a determined industry.

The full story comes out on Issue 4 of Philippine Resources Journal.

[Representing a number of publications, the views of MissTolentino are her own and do not reflect the publication or entity she represents. For comments regarding this story, you may reach her at paulatolentino at gmail dot com] 

SEM Scribe Publishing House Participates in September 6 Finance Event

Together with Synersign, SEM SCRIBE PUBLISHING HOUSE and MissTolentino.com will be participating in the upcoming Finance event called IT’S ALL ABOUT INVESTMENTS on September 6, 2014 at Mezzanines B & C of the World Trade Center.

With seasoned finance professionals as its speakers, this must-attend event will cover Mutual Funds, Equities, Insurance, Real Estate and many more!

With only 200 slots remaining, be part of this exciting event! Register now at http://rehubexpo.com/events.php

 

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SEM SCRIBE PUBLISHING HOUSE together with MissTolentino.com will be participating in the upcoming Finance event called IT’S ALL ABOUT INVESTMENTS on September 6, 2014 at Mezzanines B & C of the World Trade Center.

 

 

 

A Passion for Collaboration: WIEF Shapes Future Business Leaders

The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation, through its Young Leaders Network (WYN), in collaboration with the Young Moro Professionals Network (YMPN) of the Philippines, organized the WIEF Young Fellows (WYF) 2014, which took place last June 18 – 24  in Manila, Philippines.

Supported by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and Naza World, the WYF 2014 was specially designed to shape future business leaders from all around the world, instilling in them a profound entrepreneurial mind-set and a strong sense of social purpose. The 7-day intensive programme was attended by 24 young leaders from 16 countries including the United Kingdom, Iraq, Russia, the United States of America, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia.
Supported by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and Naza World, the WYF 2014 was specially designed to shape future business leaders from all around the world, instilling in them a profound entrepreneurial mind-set and a strong sense of social purpose. The 7-day intensive programme was attended by 24 young leaders from 16 countries including the United Kingdom, Iraq, Russia, the United States of America, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia.

Articulating a social purpose at the corporate level, adhering to a set of common principles, and agreeing in a common vision for partnership across sectors can set the stage to create significant benefits for society and returns for companies. The effects of globalization and the internet further influence the value systems of organizations. Cultural values within the same organization vary from person to person and this drives a need for more individualized and intricate management plans. These are values we should all share.

“If we want a better world, we need to inspire the future leaders of the world. There is absolutely no denial on this simple notion; and this is why the WIEF Young Leaders Network was created 8 years ago. It serves as a global platform for young people of different backgrounds to connect and collaborate, be it in business or social programme,” expressed The Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the WIEF Foundation.
“If we want a better world, we need to inspire the future leaders of the world. There is absolutely no denial on this simple notion; and this is why the WIEF Young Leaders Network was created 8 years ago. It serves as a global platform for young people of different backgrounds to connect and collaborate, be it in business or social programme,” expressed The Hon. Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of the WIEF Foundation.

Ebrahim Patel, Chairman of the WIEF Young Leaders Network, added, “The changing dynamics of the world has challenged the way business is carried out.  New industries and global business giants are emerging on a daily basis. Weighing against this are political changes, economic instability and resource scarcity which has created demands for a new generation skilled with leadership. This is what we are striving for – to provide an avenue where our young people can truly experience the world, gain insightful knowledge and be inspired to be positive change leaders.”

“The WIEF Young Fellows 2014 is indeed exciting. It allows our young leaders to learn about the city of Manila – its business and social landscape. It provides our diverse group the opportunity to interact with global cultures and build strong personal networks. It is imperative that we create such platforms for our young leaders because, aside from equipping them with the skills to create profitable business, we also want to see them benefitting humanity,” added Bai Rohaniza M. Sumndad-Usman, Chairperson of the Young Moro Professional Network.
“The WIEF Young Fellows 2014 is indeed exciting. It allows our young leaders to learn about the city of Manila – its business and social landscape. It provides our diverse group the opportunity to interact with global cultures and build strong personal networks. It is imperative that we create such platforms for our young leaders because, aside from equipping them with the skills to create profitable business, we also want to see them benefitting humanity,” added Bai Rohaniza M. Sumndad-Usman, Chairperson of the Young Moro Professional Network.
A Capoiera session with the WIEF Young Fellows
A Capoiera session with the WIEF Young Fellows
WIEF visits Maharlika School
WIEF visits Maharlika School
Regardless of background, if we are "To promote dialogue and foster cooperation among the Muslim and non-Muslim businessmen in the belief that collaboration is the salient feature of the 21st century international relations, business partnerships can become genuine bridges towards peace and prosperity between the Muslim and non-Muslim world”.
Regardless of background, if we are “To promote dialogue and foster cooperation among the Muslim and non-Muslim businessmen in the belief that collaboration is the salient feature of the 21st century international relations, business partnerships can become genuine bridges towards peace and prosperity between the Muslim and non-Muslim world”.

Celebrating diversity, a passion for collaboration accompanied with a shared goal, lifestyle website MissTolentino.com and commercial enterprise SEM Scribe Publishing House join hands with the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation to take youth leaders (Muslim and Non-Muslim) into the 21st century of international relations.