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This section lists the companies, primarily mining companies, who are of interest to Philippine Indigenous Peoples - mainly because they are operating on their lands. The companies are listed by alphabetical order.

SC tackles constitutionality of Mining Act

By Edu Punay, The Philippine Star -
Date of publication: 
25 March, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) will take a second look into constitutional issues regarding Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 as it tackles petitions of lawmakers against the widely criticized law during oral arguments in court’s summer session on April 16 in Baguio City.

In the guidelines released last Friday, the high court listed four common issues in the petitions filed by Quezon 4th district Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teddy Casiño and former Akbayan party-list Rep.

Three years for killing green activist – Not enough!

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) press release
Date of publication: 
25 May, 2012

Case is over with no justice, laments Marin family and supporters

Sibuyan, Romblon – Councilor Armin Marin, a staunch environmental activist in Sibuyan, Romblon and at that time, a member of the municipal legislative council of San Fernando town, was shot dead on October 3, 2007 while leading a picket of hundreds of anti-mining advocates. After five years of investigations and court hearings, Mario Kingo, the man accused of killing Marin, only received a three-year sentence.

Killed but no murder

Last May 23, 2012 in Magdiwang, Romblon, Executive Judge Ramiro R.

A Humanitarian Appeal Amidst the Siege and Escalating Human Rights Violations in Davao

“to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God…” (Micah 6:8, quoted by murdered Fr Pops Tentorio in his last will and testament)

Dear Friends:

We are writing to give you an update on the current human rights situation in Davao region and neighboring towns.

Sibuyan local officials reject mining in the Galapagos of Asia

Press Release
Date of publication: 
15 September, 2010

Manila — Local government officials from Sibuyan Island, province of Romblon, marched to the office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to assert their autonomous decision rejecting mining in the Galapagos of Asia. The jointly approved resolutions rejecting mining operations in Sibuyan Island last month cemented the island-wide opposition to mining. The municipalities of Magdiwang, Cajidiocan and San Fernando issued Joint Resolution No. 1 and 2, reflecting over-all sentiments against mining.

The local legislators signed Joint Resolution No.

House to probe mining intrusion in Davao Oriental

Date of publication: 
6 May, 2009

THE House of Representatives is set to look into the alleged intrusion of mining companies in ancestral lands of the indigenous people in a mining area in Mati, Davao Oriental.

Reports reaching Sun.Star Davao showed that House committee on environment and natural resources chair, Representative Ignacio Arroyo, has already invited the local government of Mati, lumad representatives in barangays Macambol and Cabuaya, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and the two mining companies — Asiaticus Management Corporation (Amcor) and international mining giant BHP Billiton.

BHP Billiton pulls out of Philippine nickel mining project but CAFOD continues call for new consent process

CAFOD Press Release
Date of publication: 
7 January, 2010

Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton has cut ties with a controversial nickel mining project on a Philippine island community. The project funded and operated by BHP Billiton and worth US$22.7 billion, came under heavy criticism from a CAFOD report over allegations of bribery by BHP Billiton’s local joint venture partner AMCOR. BHP Billiton has sold its stake in the project to AMCOR.

But CAFOD is reiterating its call for a new, independently monitored community consent process to be carried out before any mining goes ahead in Macambol.

BHP sells stake in Philippine nickel project

Reuters -
Date of publication: 
22 December, 2009

Global miner BHP Billiton has pulled out of a $US2 billion nickel project in the southern Philippines, selling its 40 per cent stake to a local partner.

The project was BHP’s only mining venture in the Southeast Asian country and the move could be part of the miner’s plan to exit the nickel business as early as next year after selling two major nickel divisions in four months.

Ex-Arroyo Aide Among Execs of Mining Firm Terrorizing Bukidnon Lumads

Date of publication: 
14 December, 2009

MANILA —- A former chief of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), who is also one of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s most trusted men, is one of the directors of a big mining company that operates in a number of provinces, among them Bukidnon, which is one of the provinces where several indigenous-peoples’ communities are suffering under a reign of terror perpetrated by the military and paramilitary groups.

Military's Oplan Bantay Laya Sows Terror, Disunity Among Lumads in Mindanao

Date of publication: 
6 December, 2009

As foreign mining investments continue to encroach into Lumad lands in Northern Mindanao, the military, through its Oplan Bantay Laya, intensifies its campaign to stifle local opposition to these companies. A fact-finding mission found that so far this year, 13 Lumads have been summarily executed while more were tortured and harassed by soldiers and fellow Lumads co-opted by the military.

ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur —- Datu Mampaagi Belayong thought the evening of Sept. 2, 2009, was just going to be another ordinary evening.

Toledo Mining hit by off-take cancellation from Berong mine

Date of publication: 
11 November, 2009

Toledo Mining, the AIM listed nickel mining company working in the Philippines, has been hit by news that one of the buyers of nickel laterite ore from its Berong mine has terminated its contract.

Toledo’s 56.1%-owned Berong Nickel Corporation (BNC) has received notice from Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd to cancel a contract under which Queensland is required to buy a minimum of 300,000 wet metric tons of nickel laterite ore per year from BNC until mid-2012.

BNC is apparently disputing the notice of termination and has instructed its legal advisors to consider all available remedies.

BHP Billiton, RP partner begin talks to resolve row

Othel V. Campos, Manila Standard -
Date of publication: 
22 October, 2009

BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, and partner Asiaticus Management Corp. have started talks in Singapore to resolve an ownership row over the Pujada nickel project in Davao Oriental.

“They had a very cordial, warm meeting and they talked about common interest. The positive side is that their reconciliation in full progress,” said Environment Secretary Lito Atienza.

Asiaticus president Peter Tan and Ian Smith of BHP Billiton led the talks. Atienza attended the initial meeting as mediator.

Toledo Mining to contest BHPB demurrage claim on Berong Nickel

Date of publication: 
23 August, 2009

Toledo Mining said that diversified miner BHP Billiton had lodged a claim for demurrage, after bad weather delayed a shipment of ore from the Berong mine in the Philippines to the Yabulu refinery in Australia.

However, Toledo said that the demurrage amount was being contested by Berong Nickel Corporation, which had declared a force majeure during the ship loading. Toledo said that even taking into account BHP’s claim, the ore shipment was still cash positive to Berong.

Mati folks reject mining operation in Davao Oriental

Date of publication: 
6 July, 2009

DAVAO ORIENTAL, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 6, 2009) – Filipino environmentalists marched on Monday to protest continued mining operations in the southern Philippine province of Davao Oriental.

The protesters, led by a multi-sectoral group called Kabukiran, Kapatagan, Kadagatan Panalipdi (KKKP), said the mining operations caused pollution, flash floods and landslides in the town of Mati.

Fishermen and peasants and interfaith groups also joined the protest dubbed as “Baktas Katawhan Para sa Kinaiyahan.” They were protesting against the operation of the Bearbull Mining, I

Local folks vow to oppose Pujada Nickel Project; say BHP-AMCOR settlement more than expected

LRC-KsK Press Release
Date of publication: 
3 July, 2009

Mati, Davao Oriental – Local anti-mining opposition expressed no surprise to the reported amicable settlement between the mining giant BHP Billiton and its partner Asiaticus Management Corporation (AMCOR) in order to start the multi-billion dollar Pujada (Hallmark) Nickel Project as soon as possible.

“We know they will end up together again, and make it appear that their amicable settlement is a positive development in the history of mining industry and that it would spell progress in the province and in the region.

BHP Billiton, Asiaticus nearing deal to push through with nickel project — Atienza

Business World -
Date of publication: 
9 June, 2009

AUSTRALIAN MINING giant BHP Billiton is finalizing talks with its local partner to move forward with the exploration of a nickel mine in southern Mindanao, the head of the Environment department said yesterday.

“We had a very good meeting, but the agreement has yet to be formalized… [it is] under review,” Environment Secretary Jose L. Atienza, Jr., told reporters. “[The talks] are now in the process of [being formalized],” he added.

The Pujada mine in southern Mindanao could become one of the country’s largest nickel projects at full capacity.

Mining for Answers in the Philippines

Reynard Loki, -
Date of publication: 
13 June, 2009

The Philippine mining industry is running rough-shod on indigenous people and the environment. For President Macapagal-Arroyo, it presents a great opportunity

The municipal government of Nueva Valencia in the Philippine island province of Guimaras last year passed a resolution opposing the proposed mining exploration by the Fil-Asian Strategic Resources and Properties Corporation. Environmental groups and Guimaras residents fear that the project will threaten the natural resources of the island, which is still recovering from a massive oil spill in 2006.

The impact of UK-based mining companies on the Philippines, particularly focusing on the right to food

Submission to the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights - Call for Evidence on Business and Human Rights by Working Group on Mining in the Philippines (WGMP)
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2009


  1. Introduction and background
  2. Case studies
  3. Conclusions and recommendations
  4. Basis of submission

1. Introduction and background

This submission focuses on the way existing and proposed mining by global companies in the Philippines poses a threat to human rights, particularly the human right to food of local communities. Its findings build on the WGMP’s recent publication Philippines: Mining or Food?

Anti-mining residents thank CHR through song

Erika Tapalla,,
Date of publication: 
23 March, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Residents from mining-affected communities serenaded Commission on Human Rights (CHR) officials Monday to express their gratitude to the agency that has listened to their concerns.

“This is not a protest, I want to clarify that. We are expressing gratitude because CHR has been accommodating to us since August last year.

Gov’t wants BHP Billiton to take over nickle mine

Business World - Vol. XXII, No. 163 -
Date of publication: 
20 March, 2009

THE GOVERNMENT will encourage an Australian miner to buy out its local partner to continue exploration projects in a nickel mine in southern Mindanao, the head of the mines bureau said yesterday.

The Pujada nickel project in Mati City, Davao Oriental could become one of the largest nickel projects in the country at full capacity. “[Environment Secretary Jose L. Atienza, Jr.] is negotiating if it would be possible for BHP Billiton to give financial consideration to Asiaticus Management Corp.,” Horacio C.

The Price of Progress

Germelina A. Lacorte-
Date of publication: 
2 February, 2009

In the last three years that the Davao Region surpassed its economic targets, the number of poor people increased. Where did it go wrong?

Get hired before August 8 and get a P10,000 signing bonus,” declares a streamer posted by Concentrix, a call-centre company at Damosa Park along Bajada in Davao City . Two blocks away, construction workers work double-time on the new Robinson’s Cybergate, a mall that will feature a 5,000-square-meter IT park on its second floor once it’s finished early next year.

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