Lepanto Consolidated

Mankayan indigenous folks call on Aquino to reject Lepanto mining application

By DEE AYROSO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2015/08/15/mankayan-indigenous-folks-call-on-aquino-to-reject-new-lepanto-mining-agreement/
Date of publication: 
15 August, 2015

“As the affected indigenous peoples community, the exercise of our right to self-determination through the free, prior and informed consent process has been systematically and insidiously curtailed.”

MANILA – Indigenous Cordilleran communities of Mankayan town, Benguet province have been crying foul over the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement that will pave the way for a new mineral agreement for the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMCo), widely blamed by tribal folk for the environmental degradation caused by copper and gold mining in their area since 1936.

The Kankana-e

Lepanto needs community's consent - mayor

By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/05/28/lepanto-needs-communitys-consent-mayor-410083
Date of publication: 
28 May, 2015

THE mayor of Mankayan town is convinced Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation (LCMC) still needs the consent of the community to keep its gold mines in the area open.

Lepanto needs a Free Prior Informed Consent because “that is the law,” Mayor Materno Luspian said.

Lepanto is seeking renewal of its Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) for its Victoria mine in Benguet after it expired last March.

Local officials insist the company cannot apply for a renewal without an FPIC, which is required by the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA).

But Lepanto said it is not covere

Ruling on Lepanto permit

By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/05/24/ruling-lepanto-permit-409265
Date of publication: 
24 May, 2015

THE government cannot shut down Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation’s gold mining operations in Benguet while a court case is pending, a mining official has admitted.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau is insisting that Lepanto cannot operate because its mining contract in Benguet expired in March.

But the mining firm contested the MGB order before a Makati City court and the court ruled that Lepanto can continue its operations until dispute over the renewal of its contract is resolved by an arbitration council.

“We cannot do anyt

Lepanto seeks arbitration over Benguet mine

By Daphne J. Magturo, Reporter - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Corporate&title=lepanto-seeks-arbitration-over-benguet-mine&id=103282
Date of publication: 
24 February, 2015

LISTED Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co.

Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) wins international Water Awards

Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Press release
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) is greatly honored as the recipient of the Eco Water Awards 2014 Gaia Prize presented by the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM)/Friends of Earth Korea, Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) and Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea. CPA received the award through its Secretary General, Ms.

Consultations in Mankayan a mockery

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) - http://www.katutubongmamamayan.org/node/372
Date of publication: 
31 July, 2013

Consent given by indigenous peoples in Mankayan, Benguet to allow South African mining company Gold Fields Ltd. is described as a mockery of the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) by indigenous people’s alliance Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.)

According to KAMP, the FPIC process overseen by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples was irregular and inconclusive of the communities’ decisions.

FPIC in Mankayan town resumes

By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2013/07/04/fpic-mankayan-town-resumes-290859
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has resumed Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) proceedings in Mankayan town.

The halted talks are for Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation’s (LCMC) Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.

Mankayan elders reject NCIP list of reps

By ALDWIN QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch - http://bulatlat.com/main/2013/06/30/mankayan-elders-reject-ncip-list-of-reps/
Date of publication: 
30 June, 2013

BAGUIO CITY – Elders from Mankayan town refused to be included in the list of representatives made by the National Commision on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Cordillera for the Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) processes regarding mining applications and land conversions affecting the area.

Under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), FPIC from affected indigenous communities is required for all permits and licenses. An FPIC is presently being sought regarding a proposed technical exploration of Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.

Mankayan FPIC resumption eyed

By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2013/06/16/mankayan-fpic-resumption-eyed-287707
Date of publication: 
16 June, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Stakeholders from the province up to the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) are hoping to resume the stalled Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) proceedings in Mankayan town.

Governor Nestor Fongwan and Mankayan officials were called together with some concerned agencies to determine how to proceed with the mandated FPIC proceedings between Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.

NPA claims torching mining firm’s machinery

By ALDWIN QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch - http://bulatlat.com/main/2013/05/07/npa-claims-torching-mining-firms-machinery/
Date of publication: 
7 May, 2013

BAGUIO CITY — The New People’s Army (NPA) claimed responsibility for the torching of a drilling machine of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC) at Colalo village of Mankayan, Benguet on April 25, 2013.

In a statement sent to media, the Jennifer “Maria” Cariño Command of the NPA-Benguet said the action is a punishment to the mining company, and in support and solidarity with the people of Mankayan and with people of other places against the destructive mining operations of LCMC and other giant mining companies in the country.

The drilling operations in Colalo are part