Dr. Minerva  Chaloping-March Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Dr. Minerva Chaloping-March

Independent Researcher-Consultant in Social Impact Management
Honorary Research Fellow, Philippines-Australia Studies Ctr, La Trobe University

A social scientist and community engagement specialist who has worked in Government, mining industry, communities, and academia. - developing stakeholder policies and programs, documenting social investments in communities, transitions of mining-impact communities and mine closure - cultural requisites in addressing biophysical and social landscapes associated with extractive industry - a daughter of an underground copper miner, an Indigenous I-Maligcong Igorot (Cordillera, Philippines)


I have worked in the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, United Kingdom (Bristol and London), USA (coal mines in Montana), and Yunnan (southwest China) as:
- researcher on indigenous land tenure, household labour allocation and small-scale mining
   particularly in the Cordillera region, Northern Philippines
- consultant in social development and community affairs ensuring the implementation of
   corporate communities policy (Rio Tinto Technical Services), research on cultural influences of
   occupational health and safety
- trainer/lecturer and project manager in environmental management for local governments,
  communities, and NGOs
- community engagement facilitator in cultural heritage protection.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    I provide research-based advice to industry (particularly mining companies), local government units, and community organizations in fulfilling commitments of respective parties to high-quality governance, ethical responsibility, transparency, and sustainability. The aim is ultimately for business organizations to listen to communities about their aspirations. As such, businesses can initiate or concretize and/or establish programs for empowering the communities and local governments that they work with in areas where they invest, and in societies that receive, directly or indirectly, adverse effects of business operations.

Personal Interests

    - community organizing activities
    - participatory research
    - cultural photography



Featured Title
 Featured Title - Social Terrains of Mine Closure in the Philippines Chaloping-March - 1st Edition book cover


Noumea, French New Caledonia

The mining policy of the Philippines and ‘resource nationalism’

Published: Dec 12, 2014 by Noumea, French New Caledonia
Authors: Minerva Chaloping-March
Subjects: Area Studies, Asian Studies, Environment and Sustainability

The Mining Act of 1995 provides the regulatory framework for the operation of large-scale mining in the hope that substantial foreign capital is brought into government coffers. However, several local governments have blocked the entry of large-scale mining or forbidden open pit mining. Such action manifests sub-national resource nationalism that is founded on locality and affinity to homeland, divergent from the national government’s social imaginary.