Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. (MMDC)

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.

Philippine Activists Fightback Against Corporate and Military Forces

Date of publication: 
15 September, 2013

“It is better to die from bullets than from hunger” In the Philippines, activists put their lives on the line to fight the military and corporations –


Philippine Activists Fightback Against Corporate and Military ForcesDIAN RUIZ, PRODUCER: On Mindanao, a major island in the southern Philippines, foreign-based companies are destroying the environment and robbing local and native people of their livelihoods.

Corporate agri-businesses like U.S.-based Dole, Del Monte, Monsanto, along with international and Philippine mines, are polluting waterways and destroying the sur

Resign, anti-mining groups tell MGB-Caraga chief

By Vanessa L. Almeda –

23 April 2013

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) – Anti-mining advocates from the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur marked the Earth Day celebration Monday with another protest at the Mines and Geosciences Bureau regional office in this city to renew calls for the implementation of a court order temporarily stopping the operations of a mining company.

The protesters also called on MGB regional director Roger A.

Philippine tribal protest forces mine closure

Ronald O. Reyes -
Date of publication: 
12 April, 2013

Manila – A mining company announced today it has shut down operations at a nickel mine in the southern Philippine province of Surigao del Sur, after locals blocked the entrance, citing environmental concerns.

Members of the Badjao tribe in the village of Cabangahan, Catilan town, formed a human barricade on Monday to prevent Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MDCC) from entering the area, a federally designated watershed.

“We got support from the local police and military,” said village leader Jimmy Bat-ao.

Exploitation of miners exposed

Jonathan L. Mayuga / Reporter -
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2012

MEMBERS of an international fact-finding mission on Monday reported “rampant contractualization, very low wages and violation of workers’ rights” in large-scale mining areas in the Cordillera and Caraga regions.

A copy of the report of the International Solidarity Mission on Mining (ISMM) was submitted to Party-list Rep.

Surigao del Sur residents stage mining rallies: Bishop leads anti; Ex-Gov leads pro

Mindanews -
Date of publication: 
29 April, 2012

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/28 April) – Residents supporting and opposing mining in the province held separate rallies Saturday, the former led by Carrascal mayor and former Governor Vicente Pimentel, the latter led by Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar.

Odchimar, former president of the Catholic Bishop Church in the Philippines (CBCP) said he did not need to speak after seeing at least 4,000 residents from various towns gather in response to his and environmentalists’ call for an “all-out protest” against mining and to take a stand for mother earth.

Thousands more of repres

Mining proponents, opponents slug it out in Senate

Neil A. Alcober -
Date of publication: 
11 December, 2011

Anti-mining advocates presented their case on the ill effects of mining before the Senate committee on agriculture.

The group “Save Palawan Movement” insisted that irresponsible mining practices in the country have resulted in the reduction of forest cover, water pollution, and displacement and health problems of farmers, fisher folk and indigenous communities.

The Save Palawan Movement is a multi-sectoral coalition that launched a “No to Mining in Palawan” signature campaign in the hope of putting an end to mining activities in the province, known as the Philippines’ last ecol

SC asked to issue writ of kalikasan vs mining firms in Surigao

Date of publication: 
30 May, 2011

Residents and tribesmen from Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur provinces have asked the Supreme Court to issue a writ of kalikasan (environment) and order at least five mining companies to stop their operations in their communities.

The writ of kalikasan is a remedial measure that may be granted by the courts upon the request of a person or a group whose constitutional right to a healthy environment is violated.

Mayor, anti-mining group unite vs mining project in Surigao Sur

Franklin A. Caliguid, Inquirer Mindanao -
Date of publication: 
24 August, 2010

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Sur — The local government of Cantillan, Surigao del Sur found an ally in an anti-mining group amid criticisms over its decision not to issue permit to a major mining company.

On August 2, Cantillan Mayor Genito Guardo rejected for the sixth time the application for business and mining permit of Marcventures Mining Development Corp. to extract minerals from its hinterland areas.

Surigao Town Celebrate Fiesta by Opposing Mining Code

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) Press Release
Date of publication: 
16 August, 2010

More than 3,000 residents of Cantilan town is Surigao del Sur signed a petition yesterday, opposing the entry of mining operations of Marcventures Mining Development Corporation (MMDC). During the celebration of its town fiesta, Cantilanos expressed opposition to the mining operations after exposing irregularities in the mining contract of MMDC, with Mayor Genito Guardo leading by example and publicly declaring that he will continue to deny issuing a business permit for MMDC operations.

Surigao del Sur Town Denies Mining Company Permit the Second Time Around

Baywatch Press Release
Date of publication: 
2 August, 2010

Cantilan, Surigao del Sur – Mayor Genito B. Guardo of Cantilan denied the mining company’s application for a business permit for a second time, telling Marcventures Mining Development Corporation (MMDC) that it has no legal basis to apply for a business permit.

In his response to the letter of the mining company’s lawyer, Guardo told Atty.

Sursur Mayor denied permit of Marcventures Mining

Baywatch foundation Press Release
Date of publication: 
15 July, 2010

Mayor Genito Guardo of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur issued a letter denying request of Marcventures Mining Development Corporation for a mayor’s permit and order to stop the on-going mining development corporation. The Municipal council also issued resolution number 01 series of 2010 reaffirming the previous SB stand on NO TO MINING in Cantilan.

The Board of Investments (BOI) of Philippines recently approved the application of Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation to mine nickel ore in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur with capacities of up to 800,000 wet metric tons (WMT) per year.

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.

Officials say Cantilan is Surigao’s ‘ no-mining town’

Alden Pantaleon / Correspondent, Business Mirror -
Date of publication: 
29 April, 2009

SURIGAO DEL SUR—Officials here declared that Cantilan is a “no mining” town of this province, as an estimated 1,000 people staged a 4-kilometer march on Monday to condemn the entry of two mining firms in the locality.

Speaking at a rally in the town plaza, Cantilan Mayor Tomasa Guardo told protesters that “as long as I am the mayor, no mining will ever be approved in this municipality.”

The Sangguniang Bayan of Cantilan, led by Cantilan Vice Mayor Rosa Carreos, earlier approved an ordinance opposing the entry of the Marcventures Mining and Development Corp.

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