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Policy upheavals buffet mining in Philippines, Indonesia

Governments and companies struggle for common ground amid shaky recovery

CLIFF VENZON and WATARU SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writers | China

SANTA CRUZ, Philippines/JAKARTA -- In the eyes of Diosdado Alota, chief of Guinabon village in the northwest Philippines, the mining industry is key to his community's health.

Until the national government ordered a suspension of operations in 2014 over alleged river pollution, a nickel mine belonging to LNL Archipelago Minerals employed 80% of the village's men and annually financed 3 million pesos ($60,000) worth of road work, streetlights and other infrastructure.

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