Despite reported economic growth for the Philippines in the last decades, increasing poverty has become a major concern with a high relative proportion of the poor belonging to the agriculture sector. Corn is the second major agricultural crop in the Philippines, which has posted increasing production trends in the last 12 years. But despite this reported growth, families engaged in corn production are among the poorest in the agriculture sector.
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Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, University of St La Salle, Université de Namur, Catholique Université de Louvain, and Université de Mons of Belgium have joined forces in the research project, “Building up an Integrated Methodology for Water Resources Assessment and Management in Urban Coastal Areas” or BIMWAM.
Water is a critical issue among the people of South Cotabato. Many fear that the open pit mining will endanger important catchments that happen to fall within the final mining area. These catchments are known tributaries of rivers that flow into irrigation systems being used for agriculture by local communities. These issues, which people deem more significant in their lives, were unfortunately left out in the discourse. It was in this context that this study, which sought to probe more deeply into the nexus of mining and water, was undertaken.