By: UNYPAD ComTeam
GENERAL SANTOS CITY / April 15, 2018 – Two representatives from UNYPAD joined in the Forum on Climate Change and Mining: Policy Perspective under the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) Framework held at T’boli Hotel in General Santos City on April 11-12, 2018.
Mohammad Aratuc, Chairman of the UNYPAD-Maguindanao Cluster 1 Provincial Chapter and Gani Dimasangkay, UNYPAD North Cotabato Chapter Cluster 2 Provincial Secretary of Research and Information, participated in the said activity.
The forum, aimed to deepen the awareness and sense of personal and collective responsibility of the participants, was hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Facilitating Public Investment (FPI) Project in partnership with the Adat-Betad Inc.
The discussions were focused on the impacts of extractive mining activities on climate change. Resource persons and facilitators gave their inputs while the participants shared their ideas, skills and experiences through structured learning exercises.
Starjoan Villanueva, Executive Director of AFRIM and Multi-Stakeholders Group (MSG) Representative, had lectured about the implementation in the country through the Philippines EITI (PH-EITI).
She was joined by other lecturers namely Engineer Jaynul-Ali M. Sambarani from Mines and Geosciences Bureau Department of Environment and Natural Resources-ARMM amd Sigried Flaviano from the Provincial Environment Management Office of South Cotabato Province.
Representatives of local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), educational institutions, industries, local government units and other relevant government agencies from Socsksargen, North Cotabato and the ARMM also attended the said activity.
FPI Project is being implemented by Development Alternatives, Incorporated. This USAID funded project supports the Philippine Government in expanding public and private investment in the Philippines through higher tax revenue and public expenditure reforms.
The EITI Grant Fund is a component of FPI intended to promote activities designed to expand and promote more meaningful Community Service Organizations (CSO) engagement in the EITI process, increase transparency and accountability in the management of the extractive sector, and contribute to sustainable reforms in extractive sector governance.
The organizer said that the EITI possible objectives are to promote better governance in resources driven economies, oversight of the integrity of system for allocating and maintaining licenses/concessions, ensure that the contributions of the mining sector to host economies is better understood, support/enhance government capacity to regulate/ supervise the industry, transparency of sub-national transfer Improved use of revenues and addressing issues relating to artisanal and small-scale mining.
The objectives of FPI is to expand tax base, minimize revenue loss and improve expenditure management and fiscal transparency.