Barrick Gold

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.

Marcopper victims still cry for justice

Date of publication: 
3 December, 2010

THE country’s worst mining toxic spillage has yet to find closure as victims hit the company behind the 1993 disaster for offering settlement money to escape criminal liability.

Anti-mining advocates called on President Benigno Aquino III to fulfill his campaign promise of proper regulation of mining activities as well as rehabilitation and compensation for communities affected by large-scale disasters such as the Marcopper mining incident in Boac, Marinduque.

Lawyer Minerva Quintela, lead counsel of the victims, said she has received reports that Marcopper allegedly made a deal with t

Advocacy groups disillusioned over Aquino’s lack of action over mining review

Pacific Scoop: Report – By Katie Marriner,
Date of publication: 
18 October, 2010

The Philippines Mining Act has caused controversy since its inception in 1995, attracting protest from Catholic church groups, human rights organisations and trade unions.

CSO Assessment of Mining in MTPDP

ATM Release
Date of publication: 
13 August, 2010

CSO Assessment of MTPDP (2004-2010) — Mining

Executive Summary

In the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan for 2004-2010, (Chapter 3, Environment and Natural Resources), the government —- unmindful of all the possible impacts of mining to environment and food security —- had wanted to intensify and revitalize the mining industry in the Philippines.

Catholic bishops urge mining moratorium

Joel San Juan / Reporter -
Date of publication: 
9 June, 2010

AN official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and affected residents of Mogpog, Marinduque, have asked President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to look into the possibility of imposing a moratorium on mining activities in some areas in the country to prevent further environmental degradation.


Climate change, mining and Mimaropa

Date of publication: 
2 May, 2010

This is to inform the general public that the Mining in Cantilan article that came out on April 11, 2010 was prepared with the intention of documenting the then ongoing protest action in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur led by Mayor Tomasa Guardo. The protest action which was participated in by local community members opposed mining activities by Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. (MMDC) and have set up a picket line adjacent to the road leading to the mining area. Monica Edralin, advocacy assistant of Haribon Foundation was tasked only to interview people involved in the protest action.

Justice to Mining Disaster Victims in the Philippines

Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth-Philippines (LRC-KsK) Press Release
Date of publication: 
23 March, 2010

March 24, 1996, Exactly 14 years ago, the worst mining disaster happened in Marinduque Island, Philippines put the country in the global map. The mine tailing collapse occurred a year after the passage of the Philippine Mining Act or R.A. 7942. The disaster resulted in the release of over 1.6 million cubic meters of tailings along 27 km of the river and the coastal areas. The impact on the river and the people who depend on it for their livelihoods was massive.

Judge in Marcopper case gets inaction complaint

Date of publication: 
2 March, 2010

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – Residents of Mogpog, Marinduque filed a complaint against a judge for allegedly failing to take action on an nine-year old case involving a mining company’s bursting dam whose contents killed two people, various livestock, and a river.

On Monday, residents of Bocboc and Magapua villages filed an administrative complaint before the Office of Court Administrator (OCA) of the Supreme Court against the presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 38 of Boac, Marinduque.

The court has yet to set a trial for a 2001 case of Rita Natal, et. al.

Marcopper mining disaster remembered in the Philippines

Date of publication: 
24 March, 2009

Marinduque, Philippines – Filipinos on Tuesday commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Marcopper mining disaster that inundated the Boac River with tons of toxic mine tailings, inflicting health, economic and environmental hazards to the locals.

The toxic mine tailings killed the river and the tragedy was considered the most dreadful legacy of large scale mining disaster in the country’s history.
This year’s activity drew attention to the heavily silted Mogpog River that flooded the village of Bocboc only last month.

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