Corporate Responsibility

Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines face a range of threats from what they frequently describe as 'development aggression'. As they struggle to defend their land, much of it is in areas of forest or mountain that are rich in natural resources and so conflicts often arise with companies, many of them based outside the Philippines, who want to exploit those resources - mostly without the consent of the Indigenous Peoples.

The main problems that Indigenous Peoples face are from large-scale mining that digs up their land, in the construction of large-scale dams that floods their land, in widespread logging that deforests their land, or in the creation of nature reserves or agriculture that sees them ejected from or restricted in access to their own land.

All of these activities can lead to conflict which leads to militarisation of their land, and in loss of livelihood or encroachment of settlements which can lead urbanisation.

International People’s Conference on Mining 2015: A Call for International Solidarity against Destructive Mining

Source: 
International People’s Conference on Mining 2015 (IPCM) press statement
Date of publication: 
21 July, 2015

Unified in addressing various people’s concerns on destructive mining across the globe, various environmental advocates, campaigners, and grassroots leaders worldwide will be launching the International People’s Conference on Mining 2015 (IPCM) in Quezon City, Philippines from July 30 to August 1, with the theme “Highlighting people’s lives and struggles in defense of rights, the environment and a common future: An international conference of mining communities and peoples.”

The IPCM aims to stimulate international inquiry, individual and collective action, and multi-sectora

Philippines: Sustainable development through community engagement

Source: 
By Cielo Magno - http://www.publishwhatyoupay.org/sustainable-development-through-community-engagement-the-case-for-the-sdgs/
Date of publication: 
9 July, 2015

Sustainable development through community engagement: the case for the SDGs

The mineral resources of many developing countries have been viewed as a potential capital that can finance initiatives for sustainable development. However, in the Philippines, mining has never been an agent of development. Instead the decades-long operations of large-scale mining companies in the country have not made any noticeable dent on the fiscal health of the country.

In fact, the overall contribution of mining to the economy is less than one percent of the Philippines’ GDP.

Suspension, investigation, compensation: green groups air demands to gov’t mining regulators

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
16 April, 2015

A plethora of grievances and demands regarding the operations of Australian large-scale miner OceanaGold were presented by environmental advocates and community leaders to Director Leo Jasareno and other head officials of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in a dialogue held yesterday at the MGB national office.

“The evidence is strong that OceanaGold’s Didipio Mine has caused much destruction to the environment, lives, and livelihood of the frontline grassroots and indigenous communities in Nueva Vizcaya suffering from the mine’s adverse impacts.

Temporary halt to Benguet Corp. operations urged

Source: 
Giovani Joy Fontanilla - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/04/01/temporary-halt-benguet-corp-operations-urged-400753
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2015

ITOGON Mayor Victorio Palangdan wants Benguet Corporation’s operations temporarily suspended.

Palangdan is seeking for the issuance of an order for temporary suspension of the operation of the Benguet Corporation and its contractor ACMP Contractors in Itogon, Benguet from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-CAR.

In a letter dated March 5, 2015, the mayor raised the threats of danger brought about by Benguet Corp.‘s Tailings Storage Facility No.

No Rights, No Justice: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples affected by Corporate Activities

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http://www.aippnet.org/index.php/statements/124-human-rights-publication/1498-no-rights-no-justice-experiences-of-indigenous-peoples-affected-by-corporate-activities
Date of publication: 
5 December, 2014

Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources in Asia are alarmingly and increasingly exploited and expropriated by Asian Governments and sold or provided to multi-national and transnational companies involved in the aggressive pursuit of neoliberal globalization.

Philippine Celebration of the World's Indigenous Peoples' Day highlights UNSRRIP

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Tebtebba Foundation - http://www.tebtebba.org/index.php/content/318-ip-day-celebration-highlights-unsrrip
Date of publication: 
8 August, 2014

Quezon City, Philippines – In celebration of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Tebtebba organized on 8 August 2014 a National Consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli­‐Corpuz in Quezon City, Philippines.

The national consultation was a very successful event since this brought together indigenous peoples representatives, government agencies and bodies, UN agencies, multilateral banks, the academe, religious, and NGOs. Almost a hundred participants listened to the Special Rapporteur share her vision, thrusts and priorities.

Philex’s P189 payout is just another PR gimmick

Source: 
Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) News Release
Date of publication: 
9 June, 2014

Not everyone is applauding Philex Mining Corporation’s payout of the P 188.6-M fine imposed by the Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB) for violating the Clean Water Act of 2004. The recent fine is in addition to the P 1.034 billion fine imposed by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to Philex for violating its Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC). These fines were imposed after a leak in Philex’s waste storage facility, Tailings Pond 3 (TP3), released 20 million metric tons of mine wastes in tributaries of the Agno River in Northern Luzon in August 2012.

The Philippines still a hotbed of opposition to Canadian mines, says priest

Source: 
By James Munson - http://www.ipolitics.ca/2013/10/27/the-philippines-still-a-hotbed-of-opposition-to-canadian-mines-says-priest/
Date of publication: 
27 October, 2013

When Canadian politicians began studying in earnest the ethical conduct of the extractive sector overseas as a foreign policy problem, one of the first countries they looked at was the Philippines.

In 2005, the House of Commons’ Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development held hearings on TVI Pacific Inc., a Calgary-based firm, and its Canatuan zinc and silver mine on the southern Filipino island of Mindanao.

The allegations – which included disrespecting indigenous rights, damaging the environment and allowing violent crackdowns on dissenting locals – were wrapp

The Real Cost of Gold in the Philippines

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by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad - http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/john-cavanagh-and-robin-broad/the-real-cost-of-gold-in-the-philippines
Date of publication: 
13 September, 2013

We think of gold as a sign of prosperity, but the farmers and communities most affected by mining just want their rivers and land back.

“An engine of growth and prosperity,” announces the deep blue OceanaGold sign that greets us as we enter a small town in the northern Philippines. We’ve come a long and windy 12-hour drive through seven provinces from the Philippines’ capital city into the clouds of the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains.

Glencore Xstrata unit cuts budget for $5.9bn Philippine project

Source: 
Reuters - http://www.mineweb.com/mineweb/content/en/mineweb-mining-finance-investment-old?oid=200777&sn=Detail
Date of publication: 
13 August, 2013

MANILA – A Glencore Xstrata Plc unit will eliminate as many as 920 jobs and cut the budget for its delayed $5.9 billion Tampakan copper-gold mine project in southern Philippines because it could not guarantee the start of production by 2019.

Sagittarius Mines Inc, which is 62.5 percent-owned by Glencore Xstrata, said it had revised the work plan as the Tampakan project still faces “substantial development challenges” including a ban on open-pit mining in South Cotabato province.

“Until these challenges are resolved it is not possible to determine when commercial production could commence

Mamanwa tribesmen lift barricade vs mining firm

Source: 
By Roel Catoto - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2013/06/26/mamanwa-tribesmen-lift-barricade-vs-mining-firm/
Date of publication: 
26 June, 2013

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 June)—Members of the Mamanwa tribe have lifted their barricade against the Adnama Mining Resources Inc. (AMRI) after they were paid P10 million in royalty fees.

Datu Reynante Buklas, one of the Mamanwa chieftains, said they lifted the blockade at the mine site of AMRI in Barangay Urbiztondo, Claver town in Surigao del Norte after they got their initial royalty payment from the company.

AMRI is extracting nickel ore within the 48,679-hectare ancestral domain of the Mamanwas.

Report asking for Free Prior Informed Consent to become a reality launched in London

Source: 
Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) Press release
Date of publication: 
2 May, 2013

There is now a growing acceptance of the requirement for indigenous peoples’ Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) in many industries, including the extractive industries. This has been reflected by its incorporation into policies of an increasing number of mining companies, although admittedly sometimes in a more diluted form.

As the need for FPIC is introduced into state law, and made a requirement of financing, companies are increasingly struggling with how to implement FPIC.

Philex reopening subjects communities to more disasters

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
27 February, 2013

Environmental activist Kalikasan PNE rebukes the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) for allowing the Philex Mining Corp to start their operations and use the company’s damaged Tailings Storage Facility No. 3 (TSF3).

“We condemn the decision of the MGB to allow the resumption of operations of Philex Mining Corp in Padcal, Benguet. MGB and even the DENR have failed to conduct any scientific study on how to best remediate TSF3 and decommission it.

Citinickel fined for pond spill in Palawan

Source: 
By Niña P. Calleja, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://business.inquirer.net/103519/citinickel-fined-for-pond-spill-in-palawan
Date of publication: 
20 January, 2013

Regulators reviewing mining company’s operations

The operations of a mining unit of publicly listed Oriental Peninsula Resources Group Inc. in southern Palawan are under review after the reported outflow of silt from its mine site to the province’s Pinagduguan River and nearby farmlands.

According to a report reaching the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. was issued a notice of violation by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources after silt-laden water spilled from its silt pond No.

CSOs release results of independent investigation on Philex’s tailings spill

Source: 
NASSA & CCCP press release
Date of publication: 
2 October, 2012

On September 16-17, 2012, a fact-finding mission team, lead by the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-NASSA) and the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) together with representatives from Philippine-Misereor Partnership and its Northern Luzon Cluster, Caritas Baguio, Cordillera People’s Alliance, Peace Foundation, Pambansang Kaisahan ng mga Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Katribu Indigenous Peoples’ Partylist, and Community Volunteer Missioners, conducted an independent investigation on the reported mining tailings leak

Groups hold indignation rally to protest Tampakan Project

Source: 
Written by Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) - http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/sunday-times/the-sunday-times-magazines/31671-groups-hold-indignation-rally-to-protest-tampakan-project
Date of publication: 
23 September, 2012

Worried, angry and determined, about 500 anti-mining protesters trooped to Mendiola on Thursday after President Benigno Aquino 3rd remained silent on their appeal to drop the Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato province, which they referred to as the “world’s most dangerous mining project.”

Jaybee Garganera, national coordinator of Alyansa Tigil Mina said that the president’s non-commitment to ditch the project may also mean that the government might approve the appeal of Sagittarius Mines Inc.

Philex unable to ensure safety of its mines in Benguet, must be shut down

Source: 
Defend Patrimony Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 September, 2012

Another discharge of mine tailings from Tailings Pond No.

Philex suspends operations at Benguet mine after tunnel gets flooded

Source: 
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/268146/economy/companies/philex-suspends-operations-at-benguet-mine-after-tunnel-gets-flooded
Date of publication: 
3 August, 2012

Philex Mining Corp. suspended operations at its Padcal Mine site in Benguet after heavy rains from tropical depression Ferdie and Typhoon Gener flooded an underground tunnel, the company disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange Friday.

Philex shares dropped 7.59 percent to P20.12 at the end of Friday’s session following the announcement.

Mediaman files petition for Writ of Amparo for threats

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http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/local-news/2012/07/24/mediaman-files-petition-writ-amparo-threats-233842
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2012

A MEDIA practitioner and seven other people, including a member of the Municipal Council in Bayug, Zamboanga del Sur, filed a petition for Writ of Amparo before the Court of Appeals (CA) in Cagayan de Oro City for alleged threats from the officers and agents of Toronto Ventures Inc.

Mining firm’s pact with indigenous people slammed

Source: 
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/07/22/mining-firm-s-pact-indigenous-people-slammed-233410
Date of publication: 
22 July, 2012

AN AGREEMENT aimed to help indigenous peoples is not what it seems.

Governor Nestor Fongwan said an earlier memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed by Philex Mining Corporation and indigenous peoples (IP) in the area is seemingly short-changing the latter by culling corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds from royalty shares.

Fongwan said he was surprised to find out Philex initiated CSR project funding given to IP groups in the areas are actually being deducted from royalties due to the groups.

“It seems inappropriate to get these funds from royalties, these should be over and a

After all the antics, Mining EO still puts PH future in peril

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
9 July, 2012

Environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment immediately mounted today a protest action to assail the Aquino government’s announcement of its long-anticipated new executive order (EO) on mining. The EO that is almost a year in the making was criticized for still maintaining pro-foreign and large-scale mining provisions and lacking substance in terms of environmental protection and people’s welfare.

The brave non-violence of the Subaanen people

Source: 
Fr. Shay Cullen, Fr. Shay's columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK & Hong Kong
Date of publication: 
6 July, 2012

Some thousands of indigenous people all over the Philippines, especially in Mindanao, especially the Subaanen people, on the Zamboanga Peninsula have struggle for years to stop mining corporations from moving in to explore and mine the mountains and hills. They are victims of corrupt government officials and even judges who are captivated by the vested interest of the mining industry.

Some Indigenous people are sadly being forced to turn to armed resistance as the mining corporations move into their lands.

Farmers, Fisherfolks File Petition For Environmental Protection Order Against Mining

Date of publication: 
27 June, 2012

Farmers and fisher folks in Leyte went to court and filed an application for Temporary Environmental Protection Order (EPO) to stop the mining operation of Nicua Corporation in prime agricultural lands of Villa Imelda and adjacent barangays in MacArthur Leyte.

The plaintiffs led by Jesus Cabias, president of Unahin Lagi Natin ang Diyos – Bito Lake Fisherfolks Association (UNLAD-BLFA) and supported by Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), assert their right to a healthy and safe environment against the destructive effects of mining in their farmlands and lake.

“Water is life a

Mines Bureau: Chinese miner Nicua may have caused fish-kill in Leyte

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http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/261932/economy/companies/mines-bureau-chinese-miner-nicua-may-have-caused-fish-kill-in-leyte
Date of publication: 
14 June, 2012

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Leo Jasareno said Thursday that Nicua Mining Corporation, which is currently being investigated by the bureau for allegedly causing a fish-kill incident in Lake Bito in Leyte province as well as converting farmlands into a mining site without authorization, is a responsible miner and if it did cause the fish-kill, it may have done so accidentally.

“But nevertheless, the company has to answer for the disaster they may have caused,” Jasareno added.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau, or MGB, launched an investigation two weeks ago, the results of whi

Farmers oppose open-pit copper-gold mine in Davao Sur

Source: 
By Kristine L. Alave - Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/201573/farmers-oppose-open-pit-copper-gold-mine-in-davao-sur
Date of publication: 
27 May, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — A battle between farmers and Sagittarius Mines, the operator of the copper-gold mine set to open in southern Mindanao in 2016, is looming over water resources in the lush, mineral-rich province of Davao del Sur.

Farmers and an irrigators’ association in Davao del Sur and Davao City have asked the Aquino administration to stop the $6-billion open pit mine project, saying it would destroy the watershed that feeds into 13,000 hectares of mostly-rice farmlands downstream.

The complaint of the farmers was confirmed by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who w

Agusan tribes hit mining mogul for violations

Source: 
JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA REPORTER - www.manilatimes.net/index.php/news/regions/18583-agusan-tribes-hit-mining-mogul-for-violations
Date of publication: 
6 March, 2012

THE Municipal Tribal Council of Tubay, Agusan del Norte through their counsel Rose Beatrix Cruz-Angeles filed a complaint with the DENR against SR Metals, Inc., a large- scale mining firm owned by Caloocan Vice Mayor Edgar Erice, for violation of the Mining Act of 1995 and other environmental laws.

In a complaint addressed to DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, the tribal council sought the immediate issuance of an order suspending mining and quarrying operations in the firm’s mining site in La Fraternidad village, Tubay, Agusan del Norte because of the “imminent danger it poses and continues

Mining share to GDP in past decade “very modest,” MGB stats reveal

Source: 
Stsatements, ABS-CBN et al
Date of publication: 
5 March, 2012

‘Mining a social justice issue’

By Christian S. Monsod – http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/03/03/12/christian-monsod-mining-socia...

3 March 2012

The mineral wealth of our country, as the mining industry reminds us, is “staggering” – about $840 billion. Its potential to contribute to our country’s development cannot be discounted. While mining has never been a driver of our development, not even during the mining boom of the seventies, we are here to find out if there is a way to realize that potential.

Tampakan Mining Project Cause Of Conflicts In B’laan Tribe -Communities Want SMI Out

Source: 
Alyansa Tigil Mina - http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14082:philippines-tampakan-mining-project-cause-of-conflicts-in-blaan-tribe-communities-want-smi-out&catid=32:southeast-asia-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=65
Date of publication: 
25 February, 2012

Peace and order situation in Malungon, Sarangani Province faces new threat as B’laan communities in different sitios and barangays contend over the Tampakan Mining Project of Sagittarius Mines Inc.

Probe of mining firm linked to Erice eyed

Source: 
Paul M. Gutierrez - http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/news/metro/24335-probe-of-mining-firm-linked-to-erice-eyed
Date of publication: 
20 February, 2012

THE government, through the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, has formed a team together with scientists from the state-run University of the Philippines to look into the alleged environmental destruction and other violations purportedly committed by a mining firm in Agusan del Norte linked to Caloocan City Vice Mayor Edgar Erice.

MGB director Leo Jasareno said a “multi-disciplinary team” will be sent to Tubay, Agusan del Norte, where the SR Metals Inc.

Church outlines three moves against large-scale mining, Tampakan project

Source: 
http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2012/02/18/aquino-urged-to-issue-moratorium-on-tampakan-project/
Date of publication: 
17 February, 2012

KORONADAL — Civil society groups, led by the Catholic Church, have outlined three proposals against the operation of large-scale mining companies, including the Tampakan Gold-Copper Project of Sagittarius Mines Inc., in South Cotabato.

Bishop Dinualdo D.

$5.9-B mine project fails to get ECC

Source: 
Riza T. Olchondra, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://business.inquirer.net/39633/5-9-b-mine-project-fails-to-get-ecc
Date of publication: 
14 January, 2012

Global miner Xstrata Plc’s Philippine unit said on Friday it was “extremely disappointed” with a government decision not to clear for now its planned $5.9 billion copper-gold Tampakan project, potentially the biggest in Southeast Asia.

Sagittarius Mines Inc.

Investigation Report on the Temporary Revocation of Intex in October 2009

Source: 
National fact-finding team
Date of publication: 
1 January, 2012

Linked below is the full report Investigation Report SO 2009-921

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1.1 Background

On 27 November 2009, then Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Joselito Atienza issued Special Order 2009-921 temporarily revoking ECC-CO-0904-007-2721 of Intex Resources Philippines, Inc., for the proposed Mindoro Nickel Project located in the municipalities of Victoria, Pola, and Socorro in Oriental Mindoro and the municipality of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

The Order also provides for the creation of the Investigation Team to be compose

Tampakan mining project feared to repeat ‘Sendong’ tragedy

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By Bong S. Sarmiento - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2011/12/25/tampakan-mining-project-feared-to-repeat-%E2%80%98sendong%E2%80%99-tragedy/
Date of publication: 
25 December, 2011

MANILA (MindaNews/24 December) — The devastating flash floods that struck Northern Mindanao and killed at least 1,100 residents on December 17 can be repeated” in Southwestern Mindanao if the large-scale Tampakan copper-gold project of Sagittarius Mines, Inc.

Palawan tribes go cyber to keep out nickel mineral

Source: 
Melody Kemp - http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/ML09Ae02.html
Date of publication: 
10 December, 2011

PALAWAN – When big global mining companies set their sights on the Philippine island of Palawan, one of the world’s remaining ecological hotspots and home to many traditional tribes, little did they suspect their China-backed, billion-dollar extraction plans would be met by social media-fueled resistance.

Indigenous people in Palawan have organized globally to raise awareness about their plight and to save their ancestral lands from planned large-scale mining.

Intex Resources Found in Breach of International Guidelines

Source: 
Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) Press Release
Date of publication: 
30 November, 2011

Gov’t not pressuring South Cotabato to accept open pit mining—DILG chief

Source: 
By DJ Yap, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/77203/gov%E2%80%99t-not-pressuring-south-cotabato-to-accept-open-pit-mining%E2%80%94dilg-chief
Date of publication: 
16 October, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—There’s no government pressure for open-pit mining.

Interior Secretary Jesse M. Robredo denied Sunday that he tried to pressure South Cotabato officials to recall an ordinance banning open-pit mines in the province to pave the way for the operation of what was touted to be one of the biggest copper and gold mines in the world.

Robredo said it was not true he called Governor Arthur Pingoy recently to ask him to review the ordinance with the aim of having it revoked. The ban is seen as the biggest obstacle to the operation of Xstrata’s Sagittarius Mines Inc.

Mining forum in Koronadal draws thousands; SMI GM a no-show

Source: 
Bong S. Sarmiento - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2011/09/24/mining-forum-in-koronadal-draws-thousands-smi-gm-a-no-show/
Date of publication: 
24 September, 2011

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 September)—Thousands of people packed the South Cotabato gymnasium Friday for the public forum on the environmental impact assessment (EIA) study of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc.

The crowd, consisting mostly of anti-mining groups mobilized by the local Catholic Church, spilled outside as the estimated 6,000-capacity gymnasium could no longer accommodate them.

South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr.

Review of SMI/Xstrata’s Tampakan Mine in the Philippines

Source: 
London Working Group on Mining in the Philippines (WGMP-UK) Statement by Robert Goodland and Clive Montgomery Wicks
Date of publication: 
17 September, 2011

“The Tampakan mine has a high potential for loss of life and high environmental damage”

Xstrata/SMI’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) mandated under Philippine law reviews a very dangerous mining plan. The stakeholder and economic analysis, risk assessment and resettlement plans are badly flawed. Even Xstrata’s engineers state “The Tampakan mine has a high potential for loss of life and high environmental damage if a failure of Dams or Rock Storage Facilities occurs”.

Mercury level at SMI mine site beyond maximum limit

Source: 
Bong S. Sarmiento - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/business/2011/08/25/mercury-level-smi-mine-site-beyond-maximum-limit-175212
Date of publication: 
25 August, 2011

KORONADAL CITY — Mercury contamination in the Pulabato River, which straddles the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc.

Indophil shelves plans to sell off stake in Tampakan project

Source: 
http://bworld.com.ph/content.php?section=Corporate&title=Indophil-shelves-plans-to-sell-off-stake-in-Tampakan-project&id=36069
Date of publication: 
7 August, 2011

INDOPHIL RESOURCES NL, one of the foreign backers behind the planned Tampakan copper-gold mine in Mindanao, has shelved plans to sell off its stake in the project as the venture’s prospects has reportedly improved.

“We are not taking out our Tampakan interest…

Let Itogon heal — CPA

Source: 
ALMA B. SINUMLAG, www.nordis.net - http://www.nordis.net/?p=10184
Date of publication: 
31 July, 2011

BAGUIO CITY — The militant alliance of Cordillera peoples organizations here called for concerned agencies and local government units (LGU) to let the Municipality of Itogon heal from several decades of natural resources exploitation.

This was in relation to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s (MGB) approval of the exploration project of Cordillera Tiger Gold Resources Inc. located in the said municipality.

Santos Mero, the deputy secretary-general of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and also a native of Itogon said the municipality had enough of mineral exploitation.

NCIP orders probe on dialogue turned voting on entry of mining firm

Source: 
Roel Catoto, MindaNews - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2011/07/27/ncip-orders-probe-on-dialogue-turned-voting-on-entry-of-mining-firm/
Date of publication: 
27 July, 2011

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/27 July) – The regional director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples has ordered an investigation into a supposed dialogue among Mamanwas in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte where the tribe members were instead told to vote on the entry of a mining firm, allegedly at the behest of an employee from the same government agency.

The dialogue was meant to settle differences among the Mamanwas who were divided over the application for exploration of Canadian-based Mindoro Resources Limited, but segued into a voting where those who favored the application prevailed,

JFC seeks SoNA's economic vision

Source: 
BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT - http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/327658/jfc-seeks-sonas-economic-vision
Date of publication: 
21 July, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign businessmen expect President Aquino to address in his second State-of-the-Nation (SoNA) Address on Monday where the country should be going after a year of creating the foundation for economic growth saying there is still a continuing perception among foreign investors that nothing much has changed.

“After creating the foundation for take off, we believe the President’s SoNA should address where we are going from here,” Henry Schumacher, vice president for external affairs of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.

This was stressed by t

Word war rages over open pit mining

Source: 
http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/news/regions/2408-word-war-rages-over-open-pit-mining
Date of publication: 
21 July, 2011

OPEN pit mining in South Cotabato has turned into a battleground that pits two men of the cloth—Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez with all-out opposition against it, and erstwhile Ateneo de Davao president Emeterio Barcelon, staunch supporter of the mining industry having been involved with the management of Benguet mines.

“The burden of proof is on (Bishop Gutierrez) as open-pit mining is a safer method (for extracting minerals)”, Barcelon said noting that “perhaps, Bishop Gutierrez’s basis (for his opposition) is still the Philippine mining industry of old and that does not answer the i

“Oceana Gold continues environmental and livelihood destruction, dislocation in Didipio, NV”-International study group

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
11 July, 2011

BAYOMBONG, NUEVA VIZCAYA—An international study tour recently held in large-scale mining affected communities in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya concluded that the mining development of foreign-owned Oceana Gold Philippines Inc.

Conflict-sensitive business practices[IPRA, Mines & Quarries, militarisation, Corporate responsibility -

Source: 
Nikki de la Rosa, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://opinion.inquirer.net/6669/conflict-sensitive-business-practices
Date of publication: 
19 June, 2011

In the narrative of Mindanao, big business is often portrayed as the bad guy, concerned only with the bottom line. [This also applies to other parts of the country.] So we hear of big businesses that bribe government officials to get favors. We see local communities and NGOs fighting companies that ignore human rights and defile the environment.

Yet, big business and poor communities share common aspirations. Businesses desire genuine progress to enhance the market for their goods and services.

SMI consults stakeholders on its proposed Tampakan copper gold mining operation

Source: 
Riza T. Olchondra, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://business.inquirer.net/4251/smi-lgus-hold-consultations-on-tampakan
Date of publication: 
15 June, 2011

SMI corporate communications manager John Arnaldo said South Cotabato, now under an open pit mining ban,
and Davao del Sur were two of the three provinces that host the Tampakan mining operations.

South Cotabato Governor Arthur Pingoy confirmed in a text message that meetings were ongoing.

Group seeks mining ban in ancestral lands

Source: 
Paolo Romero, The Philippine Star - http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=694390&publicationSubCategoryId=63
Date of publication: 
9 June, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – Leaders of an indigenous people’s (IP) group from Palawan sought yesterday to stop the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) from issuing permits to mining companies encroaching on ancestral lands in the province.

Tribal leaders belonging to the Ancestral Land/Domain Watch (ALDAW) Indigenous Network trooped to the House of Representatives yesterday and met with some congressional leaders to seek their support in stopping mining activities in ancestral lands in Palawan and other parts of the country.

The group, led by ALDAW chairman Artiso Mandawa, met w

Foot patrol mulled to curb illegal mining in Tampakan

Source: 
Bong S. Sarmiento - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2011/06/02/foot-patrol-mulled-curb-illegal-mining-tampakan-159026
Date of publication: 
2 June, 2011

KORONADAL CITY — The local government unit in Tampakan, South Cotabato wanted regular foot patrols in a landslide prone illegal mining site where three miners were buried alive in April.

In a recent interview here, Tampakan Mayor Leonardo V.

TVIRDI Admits Fault and Performs Cleansing Ritual

Source: 
Gulang Gukom Press Release
Date of publication: 
18 May, 2011

Mt. Canatuan, Tabayo, Siocon, Zamboanga del Sur – The TVI Resource Development, Inc. (TVIRDI), after years of not recognizing the leadership of Timuay Jose Boy Anoy, finally and publicly admitted its fault and performed the mandatory cleansing ritual at their expense on May 17, 2011 in Canatuan.

“I appreciate why the company is doing this. This is our atonement for desecrating the sacred Mt. Canatuan.

Clouds hamper aerial survey of illegal mining within Tampakan project

Source: 
Bong S. Sarmiento - http://mindanews.com/main/2011/04/19/clouds-hamper-aerial-survey-of-illegal-mining-within-tampakan-project/
Date of publication: 
19 April, 2011

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/18 April)—Cloudy skies hampered the aerial survey at the Tampakan copper-gold project of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. to determine the extent of illegal small-scale mining activity there, an official said on Monday.

But in another part of South Cotabato, officials saw the destructive impact of banlas, or sluice mining, in Tboli town during the aerial survey conducted last Saturday.

“Nakalbo gid ang bukid (The mountains were turned bald) because of banlas,” said Vice Gov.

PH vows to protect mining investments, resolve Tampakan deadlock

Source: 
Riza T. Olchondra, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://business.inquirer.net/money/breakingnews/view/20110406-329752/PH-vows-to-protect-mining-investments-resolve-Tampakan-deadlock
Date of publication: 
6 April, 2011

SINGAPORE—Environment Secretary Ramon J.P.

Mining firm told to cease activities in Zamboanga del Sur town

Source: 
http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20110322024728
Date of publication: 
22 March, 2011

ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Mar.

Mine firm pulls out equipment in Mankayan

Source: 
ALMA B. SINUMLAG, http://www.nordis.net/?p=9130
Date of publication: 
13 March, 2011

BAGUIO CITY — The barricade against the drilling activities of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company’s (LCMCo) Far Southeast project funded by Goldfields in Tabbac, Bulalacao, Mankayan continues despite the pull out of drilling equipment from the site.

Flora Belinan at the barricade said in an interview that the barricade will stop if the drilling site is totally abandoned (by the company).

NBI identifies suspects in killing of tribal chieftain

Source: 
http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?title=NBI%20identifies%20suspects%20in%20killing%20of%20tribal%20chieftain%20&id=27870
Date of publication: 
11 March, 2011

KORONADAL CITY — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Central Mindanao has identified the suspects in the killing last month of a tribal chieftain.
NBI Region 12 special agent Tim Rejano suggested the killing of Tonio Binuhay, chieftain of the S’bangken tribal council, could be due to a dispute brought about by the massive Tampakan copper-gold project of Sagittarius Mines.

“We have averted the possible eruption of a tribal war that could disrupt the operations of (Sagittarius Mines) with the “solving” of this case,” Mr.

Kalinga fears geo project to reopen mines

Source: 
ALMA B. SINUMLAG - http://www.nordis.net/?p=9078
Date of publication: 
6 March, 2011

BAGUIO CITY — The Alyansa Dagiti Pesante iti Taeng Kordilyera (APIT TAKO) Kalinga chapter sees the reopening of the Batongbuhay goldmines as the main purpose of the Chevron geothermal project.

Andres Wylan, spokesperson of APIT TAKO Kalinga said the area covered by the geothermal project which is 17,000 hectares in the tri-boundary of Tinglayan, Pasil and Lubuagan is very near the concession of Batongbuhay Goldmines Corporation in Colayo.

“They are trying to reopen the mine thus, if the geothermal project will push through, the mines will have its exclusive energy source to operate,

Environmental activists, students, and journalists demand justice for Dr. Ortega at DOJ picket

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
28 February, 2011

Environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, College Editors Guild, League of Filipino Students and Hustiya! held a picket at the Department of Justice (DOJ) preliminary hearing on Dr. Ortega’s slay to support his family and to demand swift justice.

“Justice is being delayed. Thirty four (34) days have already passed. Despite the strong evidences pointing to the alleged mastermind, no arrests have been made,” says Clemente Bautista, Jr., national coordinator of Kalikasan PNE.

Palawan broadcaster and environmentalist Dr.

Mining firm halts work as tribal leader, wife killed

Source: 
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2011/02/25/mining-firm-halts-work-tribal-leader-wife-killed-141665
Date of publication: 
24 February, 2011

KORONADAL CITY — A tribal chieftain who staunchly supported the Tampakan copper-gold project of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc.

Genuine mining moratorium needed to heal our environment, says envi activist group

Source: 
Kalikasan-PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
23 February, 2011

“President Aquino should implement a nationwide moratorium on new large scale foreign mining projects and operations to save our environment from further destruction. Better yet, he should issue an administrative order similar to what he did on the logging moratorium,” said environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment.

Kalikasan PNE, in partnership with Defend Patrimony!

Gov't denies Benguet Corp mining claim

Source: 
abs-cbnNEWS.com - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/02/22/11/govt-denies-benguet-corp-mining-claim
Date of publication: 
22 February, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – A mining agency has denied a mining claim of Benguet Corporation in the Cordillera province due to failure in getting consent of indigenous residents on time.

The Romualdez-led mining company informed the stock exchange and the Securities and Exchange Regulator on Tuesday that a Mining and Geosciences Bureau’s office, the Cordillera Administrative Region (MGB-CAR), has denied Benguet Corp.‘s mining claim applications in the municipality of Itogon in Benguet Province.

“The denial of MGB-CAR is premised on noncompliance with the mandatory 3-year period to complete the

Province’s action disappoint Mankayan dad

Source: 
ALMA B. SINUMLAG, www.nordis.net - http://www.nordis.net/?p=8964
Date of publication: 
20 February, 2011

BAGUIO CITY — The province’s action on the ongoing barricade against the drilling operation of Goldfields in Sitio Tabbac, barangay Bulalakaw in Mankayan disappointed councilor Willy Mendoza after two months of waiting.

On December 8 last year, a resolution of the Barangay council of Bulalacao was received by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) for their favorable and considerate action.

Saving the Forests and the Creation

Source: 
http://www.preda.org/main/archives/2011/r11021601.html
Date of publication: 
16 February, 2011

There are inspiring, wonderfully brave people who are risking their lives to protect the land, hills, forests, rivers and streams from the loggers, mining companies and tree cutters in the Philippines. A few weeks ago, I mentioned the courageous people of Midsalip in Mindanao and the Columban Missionaries standing with them in prayer and trust.

Romblon natives fight for their islands; call to scrap Mining Act of 1995

Source: 
ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
14 February, 2011

Manila—The people of Romblon stand united in the struggle against mining in their islands. This afternoon, more than ten thousand residents from various Romblon municipalities led by Romblon Forum
Against Mining (REFAM) and Alliance of Students Against Mining (ASAM) joined by political satirist Mae Paner aka Juana Change organized a Valentine’s Day rally in Odiongan, Tablas Island.

Former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros in a video message during the rally said “Congratulations to Gov.

NCIP recalls Royalco certificate

Source: 
KIMBERLIE OLMAYA NGABIT-QUITASOL, www.nordis.net - http://www.nordis.net/?p=8920
Date of publication: 
13 February, 2011

BAGUIO CITY — The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) nullyfied the compliance certificate issued to Royalco Philippines Inc (Royalco), an Australian mining subsidiary for its exploration application in Barangay Gambang, Bakun, Benguet due to protests.

In an en banc resolution, the NCIP approved Resolution 004 series of 2011 on February 8 declaring the Certificate of Precondition of Royalco on its application for exploration permit collectively known as phase 3 covering sitios Cagam-is, Inga-an, Lebeng, Dodosdikay, Nametbet, Baisg, Le-in, Bolbo, Liwang, Bagtangan and Tacayan

Barricade vs Goldfields Drill in Benguet Town Continues

Source: 
ALMA B. SINUMLAG, Northern Dispatch - Posted by Bulatlat.com, http://bulatlat.com/main/2011/02/11/barricade-vs-goldfields-drill-in-benguet-town-continues/print/
Date of publication: 
11 February, 2011

MANKAYAN, Benguet — In sitio (subvillage) Tabbac, Bulalacao of this town, a month long barricade continues in opposition to the drilling activities of Goldfields. Support from the town’s neighboring villages, people’s organizations, and partylist group continue to reach the barricade site, which, according to residents, made them firm in their fight against mining.

On the first week of January, residents here headed by the Barangay Bulalacao Movement for the protection of environment Inc.

Philex, other mining firms, blacklisted by UN Global Impact due to lack of transparency

Source: 
ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
1 February, 2011

Manila, Philippines—Groups here react upon the release of United Nations Global Impact blacklisted companies where Philex Mining Corporation is among the 2048 companies around the world to be expelled for its repeated failure to submit its Communication on Progress (COP), which joining companies commit to submit to ensure transparency among participants.

Lumads ask Bayog officials to name mining firms with conflicting claims

Source: 
Violeta M. Gloria - http://mindanews.com/main/2011/01/29/lumads-ask-bayog-officials-to-name-mining-firms-with-conflicting-claims/
Date of publication: 
29 January, 2011

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur (MindaNews/28 January) — Indigenous communities here have asked the local government to reveal the identities of companies that have conflicting mining claims in this town.

Timuay Lucenio Manda, barangay chairperson of Conacon, raised the question after municipal officials said that aside from failing to comply with legal requirements, some companies have conflicting mining claims that cover portions of the Lumads’ 30,000-hectare ancestral domain.

In a mining forum here Wednesday town officials warned they would declare various mining companies illegal for al

Environmentalists call for wider ban on mining

Source: 
http://www.cathnewsindia.com/2011/01/28/environmentalists-call-for-wider-ban-on-mining/
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2011

Philippine environmental groups are urging local governments across the country to follow the lead of the southern province of South Cotabato and enact laws banning open-pit mining.

Daniel Castillo, a representative of the Church-based Committee on Mining Issues, said a localized mining ban is a viable countermeasure against a central government mining code of practice which anti-mining activists say favors companies investing in mineral extraction projects.

An environmentalist organization in Cagayan de Oro earlier praised lawmakers in Zamboanga Del Norte province for considering an ord

Tampakan mine opponents challenge government stance

Source: 
http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?title=Tampakan%20mine%20opponents%20challenge%20government%20stance&id=25149
Date of publication: 
25 January, 2011

KORONADAL — Church leaders supporting South Cotabato’s environment code are challenging pro-open pit mining groups to take their arguments to court.

Fr. Romeo Q. Catedral, director of the social action arm of the Diocese of Marbel, said only the court can decide if indeed Section 22 of the code, which bans open-pit mining in the province is “ultra vires,” or beyond the power of the local government, as open-pit supporters have argued.

The banning of open-pit will endanger the massive Tampakan copper-gold project of Sagittarius Mines, Inc.

Romblon’s indigenous community cries foul on mining project

Source: 
Official News Service of Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Media Office - http://cbcpnews.com/?q=node/14384
Date of publication: 
24 January, 2011

ROMBLON —The indigenous Ati community in Romblon’s Odiongan town has rejected a mining company’s claim that it had consented to a mining exploration in the community’s ancestral domain.

Ati chieftain Pabling Vallejo said his community is against the exploration project during a forum on Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) and mining conducted by Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against Mining (REFAM).

Ivanhoe Philippines, a subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.

Romblon Ati indigenous community says no to mining

Source: 
REFAM Press Release
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2011

Odiongan, Romblon, PHILIPPINES – Ati indigenous peoples (IP) community in upland Aurora village in Romblon’s Odiongan town expressed their strong stand against mining in their territory after a forum on Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) and mining conducted by Romblon Ecumenical Forum Against Mining (REFAM).

During the forum, it has been discovered that a mining company called Ivanhoe Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd.

Macroasia and the Plundering of Protected Areas: Unravelling the Roots of Illegality

Source: 
ALDAW release - http://participatorygis.blogspot.com/2011/01/macroasia-and-plundering-of-protected.html
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2011

ALDAW, Puerto Princesa – In spite of the growing outpour of international support and solidarity, it appears to be no end to the attempts of some government institutions to transform the Philippines “Last Frontier” (Palawan Island) into one of the most popular mining destinations (click on the map below to see the details!).

Indeed, the violation of indigenous ancestral land rights on Palawan Island (Philippines) has exacerbated towards the end of 2010, with the proliferation of street protests and peaceful demonstrations.

Zamboanga Norte to ban open-pit mining

Source: 
Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20110123-316169/Zamboanga-Norte-to-ban-open-pit-mining
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2011

DIPOLOG CITY, Philippines – Mineral-rich Zamboanga del Norte is poised to follow in the footsteps of South Cotabato in banning open-pit and open-cut land surface mining.

The move comes amid disagreement between the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and South Cotabato officials over the validity of a local law that curtails a vested right granted by the national government, such as minerals extraction.

Zamboanga del Norte legislators are sprucing up provisions of a proposed ordinance “protecting and conserving the integrity of the land and water resources.”

A

Mining expansion threatens indigenous tribes in Philippines

Source: 
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,14767028,00.html
Date of publication: 
19 January, 2011

The EU is working to help the indigenous people on the Philippine island Mindoro protect their homeland from mining companies searching for natural resources.

Romblon gov orders moratorium on all metallic mining

Source: 
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/210483/romblon-gov-orders-moratorium-on-all-metallic-mining
Date of publication: 
13 January, 2011

After a series of consultations and dialogues with his constituents, Romblon Gov. Eduardo Firmalo ordered an indefinite moratorium on metallic mining in the province.

In an executive order he signed last Monday, Firmalo said that through EO No.

Tribal folks denounce mining in ancestral domain

Source: 
http://www.cbcpnews.com/?q=node/14229
Date of publication: 
10 January, 2011

CAGAYAN DE ORO City,—The Mamanwa tribe of Agusan del Norte has denounced the encroachment of a Canadian mining company into their ancestral domain.

The tribe’s leader, Bae Genoviva A.

Studies say UK largest investor in country

Source: 
Roy C. Mabasa, Manila Bulletin
Date of publication: 
9 January, 2011

MANILA, Philippines –The United Kingdom (UK) is the largest investor in the Philippines for the past decade.

Citing the most recent studies conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the British Embassy in Manila disclosed that the UK had a combined net foreign direct and net portfolio investments from 1999-2009 of an estimated $9.7 billion, rivaled only by Singapore with a much smaller $6.7-billion cumulative investment.

According to the British Embassy, this was largely due to the pre-eminence of the UK as a global financial center.

The Embassy said there are currently ab

Mankayan folk barricade drilling operations

Source: 
ALDWIN QUITASOL, http://www.nordis.net/?p=8661
Date of publication: 
9 January, 2011

MANKAYAN, Benguet — Residents of Sitio Tabbak, Barangay Bulalacao here are setting up a barricade against the drilling operations of Indodrill, a sub-contract company under Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc. and Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC).

“Saan mi a kayat a madadael ti nabatbati a pagapgapuan ti danum mi isunga saan minga ipalubos nga umay da agdrill,” (We do not like that our remaining water source will be destroyed so we will not allow them to have their drilling operations here) said Josephine Gomgom-o of Sitio Tabbak.

World’s largest mining firm pulls out of PH

Source: 
http://www.malaya.com.ph/jan03/busi5.html
Date of publication: 
3 January, 2011

Anglo-American, reputed to be the world’s largest mining company, has completed its pull-out from the Philippines.

The withdrawal covers several other countries, presumably for Anglo-American to concentrate on its major operations in Africa.

Anglo-American earlier sold its copper concessions in Mindanao to Philex Mining, the copper producer that is at the same time the Philippines’ largest producer of gold.

The sale was for several tens of millions of dollars.

To complete the pull-out, Anglo-American sold its mineral concessions in Kalinga Apayao to a consortium of nickel compa

2 workers of mining firm hurt in rebels attack

Source: 
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/294448/2-workers-mining-firm-hurt-rebels-attack
Date of publication: 
23 December, 2010

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) – Suspected leftist rebels attacked a mining firm in the southern Philippines, leaving two company workers wounded, a military official said on Wednesday.

Undetermined number of New Peoples Army stormed one of the headquarters of Sagittarius Mines, Incorporated (SMI) in the village of Tablu in Tampakan town of South Cotabato, regional police spokesman Chief Inspector Alexis Yap.

The incident left two company workers wounded and troops were deployed in the area, he said.

In 2009, leftist rebels, as part of their campaign against mining operation, att

New NCIP-CAR com meets anti-mine elders

Source: 
KATHLEEN T. OKUBO, www.nordis.net - http://www.nordis.net/?p=8504
Date of publication: 
19 December, 2010

BAGUIO CITY — The new commissioner for the Cordillera region and Region 1 of the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) instructed the elders from Licuan-Baay, Abra, their lawyers; and NCIP personnel to give her the full carpetas on their case against the opening of mines in their areas.

Commissioner Zenaida Brigitte Hamada Pawid, giving her reaction to the issues raised in a press conference called by the Northern Luzon Coalition for Good Governance (NLCGG) on the filing of a class suit against a mining application in Licuan-Baay, requested the Abra and Tublay elders, who were

Mountain Province firm vs mining

Source: 
MERING DASON, www.nordis.net - http://www.nordis.net/?p=8520
Date of publication: 
19 December, 2010

BONTOC, Mountain Province — Representatives from the different municipalities of Mountain Province stood united against the operation of large scale mining in their province in a forum on the mining and human rights situation.

Two hundred delegates from the nine municipalities of the province and their local government officials and representatives from the business, church, women, youth and peoples organizations agreed that mining is destructive to their communities.

The delegates came up with a position paper expressing their opposition to the destruction wrought by large scale minin

Abra elders poised to sue mining firm

Source: 
By Ma. Elena Catajan, Sun Star Baguio
Date of publication: 
11 December, 2010

ELDERS from Licuan Baay Abra are unified in protest against mining.

Ibinongan elders and leaders of Licuan-Baay trooped to the city to dialogue with Bridget Pawid Hamada, newly appointed National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) commissioner.

The elders are poised to file a class suit with the NCIP in Cordillera Administrative Region for alleged irregularities in procedures involving mining companies.

Indigenous communities are protesting against Canadian mining company Olympus Pacific Minerals for alleged violations in the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) consultations

4-day protest vs Sagittarius Mines starts

Source: 
By Bong S. Sarmiento, Mindanews
Date of publication: 
8 December, 2010

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/07 December)—Some 50 militant and environment activists started before noon Tuesday the four-day march protest against foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc, owner of the massive Tampakan copper-gold project.

The march-cum-caravan rally, expected to peak to a crowd of at least 1,000 on Friday, will span around 150 kilometers towards Digos City in Davao del Sur.

With their streamers and mobile sound system, the protestors embarked on the long journey with a picket in front of the regional office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

Ryan Lariba, secretary gene

Philippine local executive lauded over open-pit mine ban

Source: 
Alyansa Tigil Mina press release
Date of publication: 
8 December, 2010

Manila, PHILIPPINES — Green groups led by Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance to Stop Mining) lauded South Cotabato Governor Arthur Pingoy on his firm position against the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo’s memorandum to suspend the implementation of the Provincial Environment Code which prohibits open-pit mining.

The Code which took almost five years to formulate, approved by the provincial council and affirmed by then Gov.

3-day 147-km march vs mining in Mindanao

Source: 
Aquiles Zonio, Inquirer Mindanao - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20101205-307158/3-day-147-km-march-vs-mining-in-Mindanao
Date of publication: 
5 December, 2010

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, South Cotabato, Philippines—Militants and anti-mining advocates will stage a three-day 147-kilometer march caravan from South Cotabato to Davao Del Sur to dramatize their continuing protest against mining.

Ryan Lariba, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) spokesman for South Cotabato-Sarangani-General Santos City (Socsargen) area, told reporters that his group was expecting some 1,000 participants to the activity.

The march-caravan kicks off December 7 in Koronadal City, South Cotabato and will culminate in Digos City, Davao Del Sur on December 10, in time for the ce

Gov’t orders open pit mining ban shelved

Source: 
http://www.bworldonline.com/main/content.php?id=22297
Date of publication: 
3 December, 2010

THE GOVERNMENT has ordered South Cotabato to shelve an open pit mining ban but the province’s governor says the controversial ordinance will stay in place until repealed by local officials or nullified by a court.

Local Governments Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, in a Nov. 9 memorandum to South Cotabato Governor Arthur Y. Pingoy, said the ban — contained in a provincial environment code passed last June 29 — went against the national mining law.

Mr. Robredo directed Mr. Pingoy and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato to “review/revisit the ordinance …

Marcopper victims still cry for justice

Source: 
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/marcopper-victims-still-cry-justice
Date of publication: 
3 December, 2010

THE country’s worst mining toxic spillage has yet to find closure as victims hit the company behind the 1993 disaster for offering settlement money to escape criminal liability.

Anti-mining advocates called on President Benigno Aquino III to fulfill his campaign promise of proper regulation of mining activities as well as rehabilitation and compensation for communities affected by large-scale disasters such as the Marcopper mining incident in Boac, Marinduque.

Lawyer Minerva Quintela, lead counsel of the victims, said she has received reports that Marcopper allegedly made a deal with t

Mamanwa tribes protest the exploration of MRL mining company

Source: 
Nokie Calunsag, Green Mindanao Association Inc., BIC Newsletter
Date of publication: 
1 December, 2010

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, PHILSIFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today agreed to invest about 2.1 million Canadian dollars in Mindoro Resources Ltd to support a nickel exploration project in the Philippines.
Mindoro Resources Limited (MRL), a Canada-based mining exploration company, will use IFC’s investment for exploration at the Agata nickel project in the Surigao district on Mindanao Island. IFC claimed that it will work with the company to ensure that exploration and any subsequent mine development is carried out in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.

Green Christmas called for by green groups

Source: 
Press Release
Date of publication: 
1 December, 2010

Manila—Ushering an environmental yuletide season, activist organized a “Karoling para sa Kalikasan” on the filing of the Philippine Mineral Resources Act at the House of Representatives, yesterday. Groups from different sectors in the Philippines joined the activity for the call to scrap the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and enact their filed bill.

House Bill No. 206 earlier filed by Rep. Erin Tañada last July underwent further consultations, was re-filed yesterday led by Akbayan Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Walden Bello, co-sponsored by Reps.

Manifesto on mining in Zamboanga Peninsula

Source: 
ZAMPEN Manifesto
Date of publication: 
24 November, 2010

WE, the 80 delegates to the ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE (ZAMPEN) coming from all walks of life in the Provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte,

COGNIZANT to the fact that an overwhelming majority of the people in the peninsula are dependent on agriculture, fisheries and forestry whose livelihoods could be impacted by mining;

AWARE that as of the end of 2008, an estimated 45.25 percent or a total of 703,598 hectares of the Zamboanga Peninsula’s total land area of 1,554,865 hectares has been applied by

Let the voice of IPs be heard:

Source: 
http://www.malaya.com.ph/11152010/news10.html
Date of publication: 
15 November, 2010

TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato – “For what good is the IPRA if we keep on trampling on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (IPs)?” asked

Secretary Roque Agton of the National Commission in Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) as he pointed out that IPs’ rights continue to be suppressed and ignored as if the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act has not been enacted.

Agton made his point at a recent provincial tribal summit here attended by leaders and communities from the Blaan, T’boli, Ubo, Kalao and other tribal groups in South Cotabato.

“Mosukol kita (We should fight for it)!” Agton rallied the tribal f

Mt. Pinukis an arena of debate on mining

Source: 
Ryan Rosauro, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20101114-303099/Mt-Pinukis-an-arena-of-debate-on-mining
Date of publication: 
14 November, 2010

Filed Under: Mining and quarrying, indigenous people, Philippines – Regions, Protest, Environmental Issues, Graft & Corruption
WE DON’T want the machines to run because that will signal the destruction of our remaining source of water,” declared Subanen woman leader Manuela Patinio.
Her tribe recently rose in protest against a planned mineral exploration in the Pinukis mountain range in Midsalip town in Zamboanga del Sur by Geotechniques and Minerals Inc. (Gami). The company commissioned Construction and Drilling Specialists Inc.

Subanen tribe stops mineral exploration

Source: 
Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://archive.inquirer.net/view.php?db=1&story_id=299521
Date of publication: 
24 October, 2010

MIDSALIP, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines – The Subanen tribe in this frontier town has gained victory over its fight to prevent a mineral exploration in the Pinukis mountain range.

On Friday, the workers of Construction and Drilling Specialists Inc.

Tampakan project site cut by fault line, poses high disaster risk to communities, environmentalists assert

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
20 October, 2010

Environmental groups maintain opposition despite the government’s active promotion of the Tampakan mining project. The groups headed by Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) and Defend Patrimony! Alliance said that among the bases for opposing the project is the high environmental and socio-economic risks that the project poses to the surrounding communities, compounded by the fact that the mine site is traversed by a fault line.

“The proposed mining site is traversed by numerous fault lines particularly where the tailings pond is planned to be located.

Statement on GAMI mining in Midsalip

Source: 
The Director, Mines and Geosciences Bureau
Date of publication: 
12 October, 2010

To whom it may concern:

We citizens of Midsalip, members of ASIN organization (Alliance to Save Integrity of Nature) wish to inform you that we strongly oppose the exploration of GAMI and Alpha Sibuco Investment mining companies in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur. GAMI have no moral or legal rights to begin operations for the following reasons:

a) The Supreme Court has not yet issued its finding on the Petition (Motion for Reconsideration) brought by citizens of Midsalip against the MGB and GAMI.

b) The TIMPOBIA (Timbaboy Pob. B.

House Committees got no copy of resolution yet to probe 3 Surigao mining firms, NCIP execs

Source: 
http://surigaotoday.blogspot.com/2010/10/house-commitees-got-no-copy-of.html
Date of publication: 
8 October, 2010

Two house committees tasked to conduct congressional inquiry on alleged connivance of three mining firms and two local officials of the National Commission on the Indigenous People (NCIP) claimed the Congress House Rules Committee has not yet officially forwarded to them the resolution for official action.

It can be recalled that two congressmen, Representatives Guillermo Romarate, Jr.

Environmental groups dismayed over Aquino's performance on key environmental issues

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
7 October, 2010

Another sector gives the President Noynoy Aquino a failing mark.

Philex, environment office to face charges over mine claims

Source: 
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/philex-environment-office-face-charges-over-mine-claims
Date of publication: 
7 October, 2010

ITOGON, Benguet — The National Power Corporation (NPC) brass is set to file civil and criminal cases against the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Philex Mining Inc.

NPC representatives Robert Lavina, senior watershed management specialist, lawyers Aries Lagmay and Wilfredo Ducusin appeared before the local council to brief aldermen of the status of violations of the mining company and inaction of the department its complaints.

Charges will be filed against officials of the DENR and the mining company.

Consultations on Tampakan mining project continue

Source: 
Philippine Star - http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=616770&publicationSubCategoryId=67
Date of publication: 
1 October, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Sagittarius Mines Inc.

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