Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. (MMDC)

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.