Philippines: Alsons takeover of Indophil okayed

By Edwin Espejo -
Date of publication: 
6 January, 2015

Exploration firm Indophil Resources NL of Australia becomes a wholly Filipino-owned company effective January 13 when it begins de-listing from the Australian Stock Exchange following the approval of its sale to the Alsons Group in a stockholders meeting in December.

The deal, valued at AU$361 million (P14.3 billion) in cash, allows Alsons Prime Investment Corporation (APIC) to acquire 37.5 percent of Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) which owns the stalled US$5.9-B Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

Global mining and commodities giant Glencore International controls the rest of the 62.5 perc

Mindanao natural resources, protectors under siege

Date of publication: 
25 May, 2014

First of two parts

Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) warned that the largely undocumented biodiversity in Pantaron Range might disappear, along with the indigenous knowledge of the Talaingod Manobos who have protected the forests of the mountain range over the past decades, if they continue to be driven out of their ancestral domain as a result of massive troop deployment and military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

MANILA – This is a familiar story by now – once upon a time, the Philippines had an extensive forest cover.

Local knowledge on biodiversity in Pantaron Range might vanish along with flora and fauna

Kalikasan PNE / KAMP statement
Date of publication: 
18 May, 2014

The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) warned that the largely undocumented biodiversity in Pantaron Range might disappear, along with the indigenous knowledge of the Talaingod Manobos that have protected the forests of the mountain range over the past decades, if the displacement of the indigenous Lumad communities caused by the militarization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) persists.

This was among the major conclusions of the environmental group during their participation in a National Solidarity Mission (NSM) organized by national and local peo

Solidarity for the Manobo people’s struggle for the protection of land rights, self-determination, and the environment

Kalikasan PNE / Karapatan / KAMP Joint appeal
Date of publication: 
11 May, 2014

Dear fellow advocates:

The Pantaron Range is a mountainous area that contains one of the last remaining primary forests in Mindanao, a part of our few remaining biodiversity corridors, and is a critical watershed for major river systems such as the Pulangi, Lasang and Davao rivers.

Groups to unmask President Aquino’s dirty and deadly coal-fired power plant projects in the country

Kalikasan-PNE Press release
Date of publication: 
18 November, 2010

Progressive network of environmental groups call on President Aquino to put on hold his coal-fired power plant projects until the insistent calls of communities against coal-fired power plants in their areas have been comprehensively investigated and addressed.

“We call on President Aquino to look first in his own backyard and study the actual conditions of people opposing coal fired power plants before vehemently bringing similar projects into the country,” said Meggie Nolasco, spokesperson of Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment.


South Cotabato board prohibits open-pit mining

Romer S. Sarmiento,
Date of publication: 
4 June, 2010

KORONADAL CITY – Leaders of the local Catholic Church rejoiced on Thursday after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, or provincial board, in resource-rich South Cotabato voted to ban the open-pit mining method.

The ban is contained in the long-deliberated environment code of the province.

In a marathon session on Wednesday, the provincial board members voted six to five in favor of the provision banning open-pit mining. There was one abstention while two other members were absent during the voting for the second reading of the bill, where amendments were made section by section.

Thousands to protest against mining, deadly energy projects

Date of publication: 
20 April, 2010

General Santos City — SoCSKSARGEN CAN (Climate Action Now) will lead protest activities in key centers in the region on April 21, 2010 (Wednesday) in commemoration of the World Earth Day.

“The protest actions are our concrete expression of commitment to protect the environment, manifest our opposition to various projects that will destroy its integrity and reverberate our demand for climate justice and a stop to global warming” said Sr.

Alsons’ bioethanol project a threat to food security

Date of publication: 
29 January, 2010

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY —Alcantara and Sons Consolidated Resources, Inc.’s (Alsons) bioethanol plant project in the hinterland barangays here is a big threat to this city’s food security program.

This as the city land use plan (CLUP) for Year 2000 of Cagayan de Oro stated that land devoted to crop cultivation is only 22 percent or 4,529 hectares of the city’s total land area.

Cagayan de Oro only has 20,646 hectares of agricultural land left, the CLUP 2000 said.

Carl Cesar Rebuta, team leader of the Cagayan de Oro City office of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasam

Alsons’ “enemies” declare victory

Date of publication: 
4 February, 2010

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The “enemies” of publicly-listed Alcantara and Sons Consolidated Resources, Inc.

Fugitive tribal leader gets 'green award'

Jeffrey M. Tupas, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
19 December, 2009

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—-Deep in the forests of Talaingod in Davao del Norte, Ata-Manobo Datu Guibang Apoga, obviously through an assistant, could only send a text message to express how he and his people valued environment.

“For us, nature is like our mother and father who provide us with everything we need … life, food and other things essential for us to survive,” said the message in Bisaya. It was read by a representative who received the award on his behalf during the ceremony on Dec.