Da Gama Minerals Inc

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.

Poverty of indigenous peoples worsens under Aquino, says revolutionary group

By ALDWIN QUITASOL, www.nordis.net - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/08/06/poverty-of-indigenous-peoples-worsen-under-aquino-says-revolutionary-group/
Date of publication: 
6 August, 2012

BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera Peoples Democratic Front (CPDF) said that President Benigno Aquino III “matuwid na daan” (righteous path) has led to the all-out plunder of the country’s resources that worsens the already sorry state of indigenous peoples.

CPDF, through its spokesman Simon “Ka Filiw” Naogsan, pointed out that the absence of “wangwang” (sirens) is the diversion of the government of the awareness of the people from the gigantic gains of big mining companies and energy corporations.

Tension in Kibungan village diffused as mine crew exits

Jimmy Laking, http://baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph/front.asp?mode=archives/2011/august/8-28-2011/front6.txt
Date of publication: 
28 August, 2011

A potential clash between villagers and personnel of a mining company in Kibungan, Benguet was diffused on Aug. 23 after the company personnel decided to pull out their trucks and equipment as policemen and townspeople watched on the sides.

“The prompt arrival of policemen sent by S/Supt.

NCIP denies Kibungan mine’s counterclaim

ALMA B. SINUMLAG, http://www.nordis.net/?p=9067
Date of publication: 
6 March, 2011

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Regional Hearing Officer (RHO) denied the answer and counterclaim of Da Gama Minerals Inc. and Solfotara Mining Corporation relative to Palina Indigenous Peoples Community Association’s (PIPCA) complaint against them.

On February 16, the NCIP RHO decided that the answer filed by the said mining firms was not acceptable on the grounds that they filed it very late.

Da Gamma agrees to pull out of Kibungan

Ma. Elena Catajan, Sun Star Baguio - http://superbalita.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/da-gamma-agrees-pull-out-kibungan
Date of publication: 
16 September, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — For 82-year-old Rosalina Titiwa, talks with Da Gamma Minerals went well.

The elder Titiwa said smiling “mayat met,” then explained in Kankana-ey the company agreed to pull out from her Palina area and move exploration to Bakun town — for now.

For the grandmother, all talks end there.

Her son Felix who works for the Kibungan local government said a dialog with Da Gamma representative Brian Luke on Monday yielded an agreement from the company that they will pull out from Palina and continue their operations in nearby Bakun.

Over 50 elders from the small town

Tension in Benguet town due to mining exploration

Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://archive.inquirer.net/view.php?db=1&story_id=287020
Date of publication: 
15 August, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Members of indigenous communities in Kibungan town trooped to the provincial capitol here on Sunday to protest a National Commission on Indigenous Peoples’ (NCIP) certification that exempted a mining company from conducting prior community consultation.

Motal Baniaga, a native priest, and former Vice Mayor Susan Atayoc led several elders of the Palina Indigenous Peoples Community Association (Pipca) in showing their indignation on the insistence of Da Gama Minerals Inc. (DGMI) to explore 819 hectares.

Indigenous body recalls mining order

Date of publication: 
3 July, 2010

KIBUNGAN, Benguet: The battle has been lost but the war has not yet been won for Da Gama Minerals Inc. as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has recalled an earlier certification issued to the exploration company.

In a Philippine National Police-sponsored mining exploration between stakeholders in this town, held July 1, lawyer Alex Degiem, NCIP representative, informed the public that the earlier certification issued by the office has been recalled.

Benguet folk to oppose mining operations

Date of publication: 
5 July, 2010

KIBUNGAN, Benguet: Residents of a barangay in the town vowed over the weekend to oppose any mining operation in their area, fearing that such activities would adversely affect water sources used for farming and domestic needs. According to Oswaldo Paggayan, representative of residents of Kibungan town’s Barangay Palina, “our ancestors have opposed mining operations in the past and now we are still taking the same stand.”

Opposing petition

Paggayan referred to a petition submitted by residents against a planned mining exploration to be conducted by Da Gama Minerals Inc.

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