Benguet Corporation

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.

Temporary halt to Benguet Corp. operations urged

Source: 
Giovani Joy Fontanilla - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/04/01/temporary-halt-benguet-corp-operations-urged-400753
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2015

ITOGON Mayor Victorio Palangdan wants Benguet Corporation’s operations temporarily suspended.

Palangdan is seeking for the issuance of an order for temporary suspension of the operation of the Benguet Corporation and its contractor ACMP Contractors in Itogon, Benguet from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-CAR.

In a letter dated March 5, 2015, the mayor raised the threats of danger brought about by Benguet Corp.‘s Tailings Storage Facility No.

4 mining firms suspended over ‘unsystematic’ methods

Source: 
by Rappler.com - http://www.rappler.com/business/special-report/whymining/whymining-latest-stories/64247-4-mining-firms-suspended-unsystematic-methods
Date of publication: 
24 July, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has suspended the nickel mining operations of 4 mining firms in Central Luzon because of unsystematic methods.

Suspended were Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation, Benguet Corporation Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., and LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc.

Residents of Sta.

Mayor: Itogon mining, tourism can co-exist

Source: 
By Ma. Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2013/01/11/mayor-itogon-mining-tourism-can-co-exist-262338
Date of publication: 
11 January, 2013

ITOGON Mayor Oscar Camantiles foresees a marriage between mining and tourism in his town.

Camantiles championed the Benguet Corporation example, which has mined the area for decades and crafted the unique Balatoc underground mine tour, a first in the country.

“It can be done,” he said.

The mine tour is one of the most successful tourism come-ons of the municipality and utilizes the abandoned areas of the mining company, in a bid to preserve employment, culture and to familiarize the public to life inside the mines.

It has so far culled thousands to take the famed tour starting

Itogon mayor, councilors condemn mine firm

Source: 
By Rubyloida Bitog - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/10/28/itogon-mayor-councilors-condemn-mine-firm-250225
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2012

ITOGON, Benguet — Officials disapproved Benguet Corporation’s opposition on applications for free patent titles of the indigenous peoples (IPs) of the municipality.

Legislative council’s presiding officer, Vice Mayor Noel Ngolob, said Benguet Corporation’s opposition has no basis.

Councilor Gerard Cornel said the claim of the IPs, who are mostly senior citizens, is valid.

Mayor Oscar Camantiles also said the claim of the IPs has basis.

Cordillera Day 2012 Central Statement

Source: 
Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Date of publication: 
24 April, 2012

Ilaban ti Daga, Biag ken Karbengan!
Fight for Our Land, Life and Rights!

We mark Cordillera Day 2012 with a rallying call to fight for our ancestral lands, our lives and human rights through a week of protest activities and celebrations of indigenous peoples’ struggles in Apayao, Abra, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao, the Mountain Province and Baguio City. On this 28th Cordillera Day, let our protests echo with renewed vigor and commitment to defend our ancestral lands against development aggression. Let us strengthen and sustain our protests in the communities, town centers and urban areas.

Shattering the Myth of Safe and Responsible Mining

Source: 
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance issues this statement on the occasion of MINES UNSAFETY 2011
Date of publication: 
8 November, 2011

More than 10 years ago, a massive sinking, landslide and ground subsidence occurred in Colalo, Mankayan, where Lepanto Mining has operated for more than 70 years. On that fateful day of July 26, a large portion of More than 10 years ago, a massive sinking, landslide and ground subsidence occurred in Colalo proper, More than 10 years ago, a massive sinking, landslide and ground subsidence occurred in Colalo, Mankayan, where Lepanto Mining has operated for more than 70 years.

Shattering the Myth of Safe and Responsible Mining

Source: 
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance issues this statement on the occasion of MINES UNSAFETY 2011
Date of publication: 
8 November, 2011

More than 10 years ago, a massive sinking, landslide and ground subsidence occurred in Colalo, Mankayan, where Lepanto Mining has operated for more than 70 years. On that fateful day of July 26, a large portion of Colalo Proper above the quarry site sunk and eroded, totally damaging the elementary school, four homes, a portion of the road, several farms and orchards and other improvements. The sinking affected at least 10 hectares of land. Local resident Pablo Gomez, 36 years old, married and with five children, was buried alive while transporting school facilities to higher ground.

Gov't denies Benguet Corp mining claim

Source: 
abs-cbnNEWS.com - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/02/22/11/govt-denies-benguet-corp-mining-claim
Date of publication: 
22 February, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – A mining agency has denied a mining claim of Benguet Corporation in the Cordillera province due to failure in getting consent of indigenous residents on time.

The Romualdez-led mining company informed the stock exchange and the Securities and Exchange Regulator on Tuesday that a Mining and Geosciences Bureau’s office, the Cordillera Administrative Region (MGB-CAR), has denied Benguet Corp.‘s mining claim applications in the municipality of Itogon in Benguet Province.

“The denial of MGB-CAR is premised on noncompliance with the mandatory 3-year period to complete the

In Typhoons' Wake, Filipinos Search for Landslide Victims

Source: 
CARLOS H. CONDE, New York Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/world/asia/12philip.html?_r=1&hpw
Date of publication: 
11 October, 2009

MANILA —- Using picks, shovels and bare hands, rescuers and volunteers searched Sunday for bodies buried by dozens of landslides in the Philippines, as the country struggled to recover from successive typhoons that have killed more than 600 people.
Filipino police tried to unearth landslide victims at a devastated area in the town of La Trinidad, Philippines, on Sunday.
The exact number of casualties from the landslides and the floods caused by the last typhoon, Parma, was hard to determine.
The National Disaster Coordinating Council reported a countrywide death toll of 193 from Parma.

In Surigao and Caraga Region, a Brutal Push for Investments

Source: 
ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO, Bulatlat.com - http://www.bulatlat.com/main/2009/09/22/in-caraga-region-a-brutal-push-for-investments/2/
Date of publication: 
22 September, 2009

Far from a counter-insurgency operation, the massive militarization and dislocation of communities in Surigao del Sur and the Caraga region had more to do with protecting business interests, primarily mining and energy investments.

Village sinking in Benguet

Source: 
Dexter A. See, http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/216301/village-sinking-benguet
Date of publication: 
17 August, 2009

Itogon, Benguet —- Hundreds of residents in a village here who have been displaced by the continuous “sinking” of a former open pit mine site of the Benguet Corporation (BC) are now demanding the mining company, and local and national governments to fulfill their earlier commitments of safe relocation.

The appeal of the affected residents came after the continuous sinking in Luneta, Antamok, Itogon, Benguet rendered their elementary school unsafe for the students and is threatening the destruction of dozens of houses that pose a serious threat to life and limb.

Mining on Mount Pulag - Village folk resist illegal deals, ‘bribes’ for leaders

Source: 
Arthur L. Allad-Iw And Harley F. Palangchao Philippine Center For Investigative Journalism - http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/march/27/yehey/top_stories/20090327top6.html
Date of publication: 
27 March, 2009

BOKOD, Benguet: As Lakay Felipe Leano recalled it, newly planted rice seedlings in his village in Bobok-Bisal, Bokod, had shri­veled and died soon after a major Philippine mining firm began exploring for gold and other metals in the area.

The company denied having caused the drying up of a local creek that had helped irrigate Bokod rice fields.

ADB Chico, Agno forest aid futile as Mine applications blanket Cordillera

Source: 
Nordis-http://www.nordis.net/blog/?p=3671
Date of publication: 
1 March, 2009

BAGUIO CITY — Community elders and environmental groups in the region branded the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded reforestation projects of the Agno and Chico Rivers’ watersheds as an exercise in futility.

Cordillera Elders’ Alliance (CEA) and Benguet Mining Action Alert Network (BMAAN) hit the project that is supposed to protect the watersheds as useless, because the government also allows mining applications that threaten to destroy these watersheds.

The watersheds for the Chico and Agno Rivers were among the forest areas in the country which would be financed by the $80 mill

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