Taganito Mining

Gov’t suspends miner’s operations in Surigao

By: Riza T. Olchondra, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://business.inquirer.net/72721/govt-suspends-miners-operations-in-surigao
Date of publication: 
23 July, 2012

5 other companies in the area warned

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said it had suspended the mining operations of Shenzou Mining Group Corp. in Claver, Surigao del Norte, for causing extensive siltation of coastal areas.

MGB issued the suspension order based on the findings of a multisectoral team led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that the company had failed to adequately address the siltation incidents in its area and even made the situation worse by building a “settling pond” on the sea—a malpractice in mining.

Gov’t probes Surigao mining firms

By MIKE U. CRISMUNDO - http://www.tempo.com.ph/2012/govt-probes-surigao-mining-firms/#.TzD50sgWmR8
Date of publication: 
7 February, 2012

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – The Mines Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) formed a task force to thoroughly investigate alleged violations committed by three large-scale mining companies that endangered the lives of villagers in Surigao del Norte province.

Initially, top officials of MGB led by Leo Jasareno, national director of MGB, along with journalists conducted air and ground inspections on Thursday in Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte to look into the operations of mining firms in the said areas.

At least three large-scale m

Leftist Rebels Attack Mining Firms In Southern Philippines

3 October 2011

DAVAO CITY (Philippines), (Bernama) — Some 200 leftist rebels attacked two mining firms in southern Philippines early on Monday, disarming guards and holding hostage several mining officials, police said.

The New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, disguised as policemen and driving trucks and a van, stormed the compound of Taganito Mining Corporation in Claver town in the southern province of Surigao del Norte at around 10 a.m., according to Superintendent Martin Gamba, spokesperson of Caraga regional police office.

“The rebels took away the firm’s resident manager, Mr.

Mining mercenaries proposal by AFP opposed by environmental activists

Kalikasan PNE Press Statement
Date of publication: 
12 October, 2011

The proposal between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the three Surigao del Norte mining firms recently punished by New People’s Army guerrillas to train and employ militias was lambasted today by environmental activists under the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment.

Two NCIP officials in Caraga Region suspended without pay for one year

Surigaonon Ako, http://www.surigaotoday.com/2011/08/two-ncip-officials-in-caraga-region.html
Date of publication: 
1 August, 2011

Following suspension order of the Office of the Ombudsman, National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Chairperson Zenaida Brigida Pawid ordered the two NCIP officials of Caraga Region to vacate office, relieved their responsibilities as NCIP officers and turned over all official documents, properties, gadgets in their possession to proper officers.

In the July 7, 2011 Order of Implementation issued and signed by Pawid copy furnished to all concerns, Pawid identified the NCIP officials suspended for one year without pay as Jose “Jake” Dumagan, Jr.

Tribesmen burn mine equipment in Surigao Norte

Franklin A. Caliguid, Inquirer Mindanao - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20100723-282715/Tribesmen-burn-mine-equipment-in-Surigao-Norte
Date of publication: 
23 July, 2010

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines — Disgruntled members of the Mamanwa tribe torched mining equipment owned by the Taganito Mining Corp. (TMC) in Claver, Surigao del Norte, on Thursday, the police said Friday.

TMC is the largest nickel mining company in Claver.

Superintendent Ruben de los Santos, Surigao del Norte police chief, said the armed tribesmen, numbering around 30, stormed TMC’s mining site in Barangay (village) Urbiztondo and abducted two company guards at around 6 a.m.

De los Santos said the attackers had figured in a dispute with the management of TMC over mine claims.

Solon urges stop to mining in ancestral domains

Roel N. Catoto, PIA Press Release - http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&fi=p100702.htm&no=18
Date of publication: 
2 July, 2010

Surigao City – Wary on mining firms which operate on lands covered by ancestral domain but did not pay royalty shares to the “lumads” or indigenous people who owned the same, Cong. Guillermo Romarate, Jr. recently said that he will seek for a congressional inquiry on the matter and will possibly recommend the revocation of mining permits to eventually stop the said mining operations when the 15th Philippine Congress convenes next month.

Royalty fee spurs conflict among Mamanwa tribesmen

Alden Pantaleon / Correspondent - http://businessmirror.com.ph/component/content/article/53-agri-commodities/8338-royalty-fee-spurs-conflict-among-mamanwa-tribesmen.html
Date of publication: 
5 April, 2009

BUTUAN CITY—A tribal leader is worried over a brewing “misunderstanding” among chieftains as to who should benefit from the “largest royalty payment” in the country’s mining history.

A chieftain said this might divide the Mamanwa tribe in Claver, Surigao del Norte.

Most of today’s chieftains are in disagreement, Mamanwa Datu Olorico told the BusinessMirror in an interview over the weekend at the residence of engineer Sergio Pascual, a former contractor of the Tag-anito Mining Corp.

Atienza aborts IP uprising in Caraga

Manila Bulletin - http://www.mb.com.ph/node/199520
Date of publication: 
19 March, 2009

Tribal leaders in Caraga Region representing the Amamanwa and Manabo tribes in the provinces of Surigao and Agusan hailed Wednesday Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Lito Atienza for acting swiftly to the plight of the indigenous peoples (IPs) in the region.

The leaders led by Datu’s from both tribes and their anointed legal representative Sergio C.

Mamanwas lift barricade at Taganito mines; tribe to meet March 12 to settle internal conflict

Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews - http://www.mindanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6049&Itemid=160
Date of publication: 
9 March, 2009

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 March) – The Mamanwa tribe has lifted the barricade at the entrance of the production site of the Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC) in Claver, Surigao del Norte and chieftains are preparing a general assembly on March 12 to settle an internal conflict over who should benefit from the “largest royalty payment” ever made to a Philippine tribe in mining history.

The barricade, set up on January 29 to pressure the Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC) into paying at least 1% royalty due the tribe was lifted on March 4 following a meeting at the governor’s office, Da