Mines and Quarries

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.

Priest hits ‘destruction’ of Sierra Madre

Date of publication: 
30 September, 2015

BULACAN – A Catholic priest has minced no words in blaming developers for the alleged destruction of Sierra Madre, exhorting the government and the public to do what they can to conserve, protect, and restore the little that remains of the mountain range.

“We call on the government to stand up against those who are blinded by greed and do not see the Sierra Madre Mountain as a mother who also needs to be nourished,” said Fr.

Lumad killings and counterinsurgency

Carol Pagaduan-Araullo, Streetwise - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Opinion&title=lumad-killings-and-counterinsurgency&id=115641
Date of publication: 
20 September, 2015

Today, Sept. 21, we commemorate the anniversary of the Dictator Marcos’ declaration of martial law and say “Never again!” This constitutes our collective denunciation of the evils spawned by 14 years of the brutally repressive, thieving and lying US-backed Marcos dictatorship.

Green group marches to Mendiola, holds PNoy accountable for mining disasters

ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
17 September, 2015


Perpetrators of the Lianga massacre must be punished, and the war of plunder against the Lumad must end

Kalikasan PNE Press Statement - http://www.kalikasan.net/press-release/2015/09/02/perpetrators-lianga-massacre-must-be-punished-and-war-plunder-against-lumad
Date of publication: 
2 September, 2015

In what may very well be one of the most depraved and deplorable attacks on the lives of environmental defenders in the Philippines, the paramilitary group Magahat, a group attached to the 36th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, publicly massacred Emerico Samarca, the executive director of the Lumad school Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), along with tribal leader Dionel Campos and his cousin Aurelio Sinzo early last Tuesday morning in Lianga, Surigao del Sur.

We join the widespread condemnation of this ruthless massacre and the d

Communities tell OceanaGold to abandon Didipio mine

http://www.yestolifenotomining.org/photo-story-communities-tell-oceana-gold-to-abandon-didipio-mine/ (with photos)
Date of publication: 
27 August, 2015

Philippines – On the 24th August more than 300 members of local communities from Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya, and their allies gathered to demand that Australian mining multinational Oceana Gold ceases operations at its Didipio mine and leaves the area.

Oceana Gold (Philippines) (OGPI) has been operating its Didipio gold-copper mine in the area since 2013. Its activities have been dogged by controversy.

Philippine town celebrates victory over mining firms

Date of publication: 
20 August, 2015

More and more communities winning fight against large-scale mines

Faith-based groups in Manila have welcomed the decision of a Philippines congressional panel declaring a small northern tribal town free from large-scale mining.

“It is a strong demonstration that mining in many rural communities is not acceptable,” said Ed Garingan, head of the anti-mining campaign of the Philippine Misereor Partnership Incorporated (PMPI).

PMPI is a social development network of about 300 people’s organizations, faith-based groups, and Misereor, the overseas development agency of the Catholic

Gibo Teodoro now Sagittarius Mines board chairman

Edwin Espejo - http://www.rappler.com/business/special-report/whymining/whymining-latest-stories/103187-gibo-teodoro-sagittarius-mines-board-chairman
Date of publication: 
20 August, 2015

Insiders are hoping that the former defense chief will give SMI a fresh start after years of failure to operate the $5.9-billion Tampakan copper and gold project

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Former defense secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr is the new board chairman of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI).

This development followed the completion of the sale of the majority stake previously held by Glencore International to Filipino-owned Alsons Prime Investment Corporation early this month.

Manolo Labor, SMI corporate communications officer, said Teodoro was elected as

“Tampakan Massacre” suspects should be in jail – Congressman

John Rizle L. Saligumba, http://davaotoday.com/main/politics/tampakan-massacre-suspects-should-be-in-jail-congressman/
Date of publication: 
18 August, 2015

DAVAO CITY – The Army suspects of killing a pregnant mother and two of her children last October 2012 must be in jail, said a partylist representative during a Congressional inquiry on alleged human rights violations last Friday.

“If information is already filed in court, there is no way that a warrant of arrest is not issued and the suspects must be in the provincial court of jurisdiction,” said Silvestre Bello III, representative of 1BAP partylist.

Karlos Ysagani Zarate, Bayan Muna partylist representative, asked Brigadier General Benjamin Madrigal who represented the Armed F

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

Glencore completes Tampakan exit

By Claire-Ann Marie C. Feliciano, Senior Reporter - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Corporate&title=glencore-completes-tampakan-exit&id=113519
Date of publication: 
15 August, 2015

ANGLO-SWISS miner Glencore plc has completed its exit from the long-delayed Tampakan gold-copper project in Mindanao in a $290-million deal that also covered two other mining assets abroad, it announced on Friday.

Glencore “has completed the sale of the Tampakan copper project,” it said in a statement dated Aug.

Large-scale mining to be banned in Kibungan, Benguet

By Philippines News Agency, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/115886/large-scale-mining-to-be-banned-in-kibungan-benguet
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2015

MANILA — The House Committee on Natural Resources has given the green light to declare the municipality of Kibungan, Benguet a mining-free zone.

The House panel, chaired by Rep. Francisco T. Matugas, has approved and endorsed plenary passage of HB 5957, as contained in Committee Report 808, in substitution of the original HB 5475, principally authored by Rep. Ronald M.

Tampakan mines project still a go despite activist deaths, UN concern

By Inday Espina Varona, ABS-CBNnews.com - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/08/04/15/tampakan-mines-project-still-go-despite-activist-deaths-un-concern
Date of publication: 
4 August, 2015

MANILA – Ten murders; local government opposition; environmental warnings; a United Nations official’s alarm over the displacement of thousands of rural folk — there’s no stopping the controversial Tampakan mines project in Central Mindanao.

South Cotabato Gov.

UN Special Rapporteur’s statement boosts call for pull-out of AFP troops in communities

Karapatan Press Statement - http://www.karapatan.org/UN+Special+Rapporteur%E2%80%99s+statement+boosts+call+for+pull-out+of+AFP+troops+in+communities
Date of publication: 
3 August, 2015

Karapatan acknowledged the statement of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Dr.

Philippines: South Cotabato maintains ban on open pit mining

By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/134358/philippines-south-cotabato-maintains-ban-on-open-pit-mining/
Date of publication: 
27 July, 2015

The provincial government of South Cotabato is holding its ground on its decision not to allow open pit mining in any part in the province, putting again on hold the future of Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI).

SMI owns the Tampakan Copper and Gold Project located in the mountainous area of Tampakan in South Cotabato.

In a resolution passed on July 21, the provincial board “reaffirmed the validity of Section 22 (B) of the Environment Code that prohibited the use of the open-pit mining method in mining activities” anywhere in South Cotabato.

The Provincial Environment Code was passed i

President Aquino's mining endorsement result in attacks on IPs

Christine Joice C. Cudis, http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/07/25/pnoys-mining-endorsement-result-attacks-ips-420961
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2015

GABRIELA Representative Luzviminda Ilagan has claimed in a statement that since President Benigno Aquino III’s endorsement of the large-scale mining operations in the Philippines, the attacks on Indigenous People transpired.

“The lumads want to go home but their lands have been transformed into killing fields under Aquino’s (President Benigno Aquino, III) five-year rule,” Ilagan said.

Ilagan’s statement came following the Philippine National Police’s reported violent acts on their attempt to forcibly send the lumad evacuees to their designated communities.

“Forcing lumads to go ba

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

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

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.

Philippines - Tribal people who sold mine lands lose money

By: Melvin Gascon, Inquirer Northern Luzon - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/702688/300-who-sold-mine-lands-lose-p40m
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2015

300 who sold mine lands lose P40M

Tribal folk who got paid to allow mining duped in investment scam

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—At least 300 people have fallen victims to an investment scam, most of them members of the Ifugao tribe who had invested the proceeds of the sale of their land rights to a foreign-owned mining project in Kasibu town in Nueva Vizcaya province, the National Bureau of Investigation said.

The NBI has warned people against falling for the get-rich-quick schemes of a syndicate, whose members are operating in Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Ifugao and Benguet.


Glencore exit from Tampakan project a victory for the people

Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
27 June, 2015

Anglo-Swiss mining firm sells it shares in South Cotabato mining project

Environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) hailed as a victory for the people’s movement the divestment of Anglo-Swiss mining giant Glencore from the $5.9 billion Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato, SOCSKSARGEN region.

“Glencore, potentially the largest mining project in the country to date, ultimately failed in the face of massive people’s resistance against foreign and large-scale mining.

Philippines: Glencore sells share of Tampakan mine to Indophil Resources

By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/133781/philippines-glencore-sells-share-of-tampakan-mine-to-alsons-prime/
Date of publication: 
24 June, 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Commodities trader Glencore Plc has reportedly agreed to sell its entire stake at Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) to Indophil Resources NL, which was acquired by Alsons Prime Investment Corporation for a yet-to-be-disclosed amount and acquisition terms.

This breaking development followed the January completion of the sale of Indophil Resources NL to Alsons Prime.

The report means the complete exit of the Switzerland-based Glencore PLC from the US$5.6 billion copper and gold project of SMI in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

It also ended several months of uncertainty

MGB, NCIP stop mining activities in ancestral domain of IPs in Zambo Sur

Date of publication: 
22 June, 2015

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) jointly issued a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) against mining operations within the Indigenous Peoples (IP) ancestral domain areas in this province.

Timuay Langhap Rio Olimpio Lingating, head of the Subanen tribes, said Monday that covered by the CDO are the mining operations in Barangays Deborok and Lourdes in this city; Barangay Mati, Tigbao; and in Barangays Langapod and Noboran, Labangan.

Lingating’s group is known as the Pikumpungan Subanen Gataw Te

Mindoro governor leads rally vs mining company

Date of publication: 
12 June, 2015

CITY OF CALAPAN—The provincial government is taking the lead in a rally against a mining firm here today, issuing a memorandum on June 9 requiring all officials and employees of capitol to take part in the protest action.

The memo was issued by Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr.

“To demonstrate our constant opposition and strong objection to the operation of Intex in the province…all will gather at the provincial government grounds at 2 p.m.

Green groups, lawmakers ask Congress to investigate approval of DMCI coal-fired power plant in Palawan

Joint press release
Date of publication: 
10 June, 2015

House resolution filed inquiring on irregularities, environmental risks of coal project

Environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE), Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy (PACE) joined progressive lawmakers yesterday in filing House Resolution No.

Catholic Church airs strong opposition to coal mining

Date of publication: 
6 June, 2015

A Philippine Catholic Church official on Friday voiced “strong opposition” to coal mining, saying it may contribute greatly to climate change and endanger the ecosystem and people’s health.

National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice, and Peace (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines executive secretary Fr.

Indigenous peoples score DMCI on World Environment Day

KATRIBU News Release
Date of publication: 
5 June, 2015

MAKATI—Indigenous peoples from KATRIBU Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas along with environment activists conducted a protest action at the office of D.M. Consunji, Inc (DMCI) on Friday, June 5, on the commemoration of the World Environment Day.

DMCI, Palawan Council’s railroading of Narra coal power plant a ‘serious blow to our natural, national heritage’

Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
1 June, 2015

National environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) denounced the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and the DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI) in their railroading of the Strategic Environmental Plan clearance of the company’s coal-fired power plant project in Narra, Palawan.

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

B’laan leaders submit petition to NCIP en banc, claim illegal activities of regional offices

Tampakan Forum Press Release
Date of publication: 
27 May, 2015

Cagayan de Oro – Leaders of B’laan from Bong Mal in Tampakan, South Cotabato submitted today a position paper to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) en banc against their regional counterparts’ activities to facilitate the free prior and informed consent (FPIC) required for the Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

Five leaders went to CDO to request the en banc to immediately order the postponement of any FPIC-related activities in their area.

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

Lumad, rights groups mount fact-finding mission on disappearance of Manobo activist

By Dennis Arcon, http://www.interaksyon.com/article/110883/lumad-rights-groups-mount-fact-finding-mission-on-disappearance-of-manobo-activist
Date of publication: 
21 May, 2015

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Indigenous peoples’ and human rights groups have mounted a fact-finding mission to investigate the disappearance of a Manobo activist who was last seen in the company of militiamen guarding a private firm’s compound in the hinterlands of Lebak town, Sultant Kudarat.

Jerom Succor Aba, spokesman of Kawagib, or the Alliance for the Advancement of Moro Human Rights and one of the organizers, said the fact-finding mission began Wednesday and will end on Friday in Sitio Salabantaran, Barangay Salansang where John Calaba, 28, the missing public information off

Manobo activist disappeared while with Consunji company guards, feared dead

News Release - http://karapatan.org/Manobo+activist+disappeared
Date of publication: 
15 May, 2015

An officer of organization Kisasabanay Dulangan Manobo (KIDUMA) was invited inside the Consunji compound in Brgy.

Mining Companies in Philippines Face Many Travails

By Trefor Moss, Wall Street Journal - http://www.wsj.com/articles/mining-companies-in-philippines-face-many-travails-1431467078
Date of publication: 
12 May, 2015

Red tape, opposition from indigenous people mar efforts to fulfill country’s mining potential

On the island of Mindoro in the Philippines, a tribe contemplates the impact a proposed nickel mine will have on its way of life.

MINDORO, The Philippines—The island’s name means “gold mine” in Spanish, but it was nickel that was ultimately found in the mountains of Mindoro two decades ago.

Since then, like so many Philippine mining ventures, the proposed Mindoro Nickel project roughly 100 miles south of Manila has struggled to break ground because of onerous red tape and opposi

Davao City large-scale mining ban, hailed as 'people's victory'

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
8 May, 2015

Environmental groups hailed as a ‘people’s victory’ the Davao City Council’s recently passed resolution prohibiting large-scale mining operations in its areas, but said there are still vulnerabilities in the policy that communities must vigilantly keep in check.

“The Davao City mining ban is a fruit of the people’s tireless struggles to oppose destructive large-scale mining projects, but its punitive fines are too miniscule to effectively discourage violators.

Subanen leader decries govt inaction vs 'rampant' illegal mining in Zamboanga del Sur

Philippine News Agency - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/110107/subanen-leader-decries-govt-inaction-vs-rampant-illegal-mining-in-zamboanga-del-sur
Date of publication: 
7 May, 2015

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — A chieftain of the Subanen tribe expressed alarm over what he called the rampant intrusion of illegal miners within their ancestral domain in Pagadian City and the nearby towns of Sominot and Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur as he accused government agencies of inaction.

Timuay Langhap Rio Olipio Lingating said there has been no response to a resolution they had passed addressed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and other concerned agencies into their territor

Court of Appeals upholds NCIP, thumbs down MacroAsia’s Palawan mining bid

by Leonard Postrado - http://www.mb.com.ph/court-of-appeals-upholds-ncip-thumbs-down-microasias-palawan-mining-bid/#GEXQZrm2kVUgpMvo.99
Date of publication: 
4 May, 2015

The Court of Appeals (CA) has thumbed down the bid of Lucio Tan-owned MacroAsia Corporation to conduct mining operation covering 1,113.98 hectares located at Sitio Linao, Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

In an 18-page decision penned by Associate Justice Danton Bueser, the CA’s Special Sixteenth Division upheld the validity of the resolution issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) denying MacroAsia’s application for issuance of a certification precondition necessary for the latter to proceed with the extraction activities at Brooke’s Point.

The appellate court agr

300 activists launch anti-mining caravan to Malacanang from Zambales

By Mahatma V. Datu, Philippines News Agency - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/109717/300-activists-launch-anti-mining-caravan-to-malacanang-from-zambales
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2015

STA. CRUZ, Zambales – Some 300 environmental activists headed by the Zambales-based people’s organization Concerned Citizens of Sta.

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

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.

Mindoro Nickel ECC Reinstated: A Betrayal to Mindoro

ATM/ALAMIN/NASSA Statement on Reinstatement of Intex ECC
Date of publication: 
14 April, 2015

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), a coalition of more than a hundred environmental advocates and organizations along with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) and Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN), a Mindoro-based people’s organization against mining, express their frustration and utmost disappointment with the reinstatement of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) of Intex Resources’ Mindoro Nickel Project.

In November 2009, hopes rose for the people of Mindoro when the DENR temporarily revoked Intex’s ECC due to anomalies

Temporary halt to Benguet Corp. operations urged

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.

Zambo Sur tribe urges probe into illegal mining

Date of publication: 
31 March, 2015

THE Subanen tribe is calling on the government to investigate a miner’s cooperative that has begun illegal operations in its ancestral land in Zamboanga del Sur.

The tribe, represented by the Pikumpongan Subanen Gataw Tebed Association Inc.

Red 5 - Surigao mining firm pays initial P5 million to Mamanwas, barricade lifted

By Roel Catoto - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2015/03/26/surigao-mining-firm-pays-initial-p5-million-to-mamanwas-barricade-lifted/
Date of publication: 
26 March, 2015

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Mamanwas have lifted their barricade against a mining firm on Saturday after Greenstone Resources Corporation initially paid at least P5 million to the tribesfolk, belated reports said.

Vicente Baldoza, provincial director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), said Mamanwa lumads ended their six-day barricade at the Greenstone mining site in Cawilan, Tubod town in Surigao del Norte.

Baldoza told MindaNews on Wednesday afternoon that the P5 million was an initial payment of the P19 million demanded by the Mamanwas.

Last March

“Stop the operation of Citinickel!”

Press Release
Date of publication: 
24 March, 2015

Palawan indigenous people holds protest action to demand the closure of Citinickel

Thousands of indigenous people belonging from the Palaw’an tribe held a protest action at the Freedom Park of Sofronio Espanola, Palawan last March 23 to pressure Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation to stop its operation.

“Since 2010, the operation of Citinickel destroyed the environment, our livelihood, health, and culture.

The Destructive Impacts of Corporate Mining in the Philippines: The Tampacan Copper-Gold Mining Project in Mindanao

By Dr. Belinda F. Espiritu, Global Research - http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-destructive-impacts-of-corporate-mining-in-the-philippines-the-tampacan-copper-gold-mining-project-in-mindanao/5436594
Date of publication: 
14 March, 2015

The Philippines has an estimated $840 billion worth of untapped mineral resources, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Philippines which is responsible for giving permits to mining companies to do exploration of mining areas and to commence operation. Small-scale mining industries have contributed to national revenues.

A big problem ensued with the signing of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 authored by then Senator Gloria Macapagal Arroyo which allowed 100% ownership of the claimed mining land area and minerals by foreign multinational mining corporations.

Concern on Tampakan Mining Project

SAC Marbel press release
Date of publication: 
9 March, 2015

This is to inform the public about the ongoing Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) processes that will determine whether the mining project in Tampakan, South Cotabato will push through or not.

Environmental groups picket OceanaGold office as hazardous tunneling commences in its Didipio mines

Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
4 March, 2015

Provincial and national environmental groups held a picket protest at the national office of Australian large-scale mining corporation OceanaGold today, as tunneling activities for its underground mining commenced today amidst widespread opposition from local communities.

“OceanaGold’s demonstrates once again its penchant to brazenly bulldoze over the mounting opposition of communities in commencing its expansion towards underground mining.

Mining Act anniversary: ‘Scrap the Mining Act, PNoy resign!’

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
3 March, 2015

For 20 years of continuing pollution and plunder, indigenous peoples, environmental advocates demand: ‘Scrap the Mining Act, PNoy resign!’

On the 20th year anniversary of the Mining Act of 1995, hundreds of indigenous peoples, environmental advocates and grassroots activists marched to Malacanang today bearing torches, makeshift spears, and a 10-foot effigy depicting President Noynoy Aquino as a backhoe-bulldozer monster.

‘Inutile Mining Act must be scrapped’

Center for Environmental Concerns – Philppines press release
Date of publication: 
26 February, 2015

Green NGO calls on gov’t to enact pro-people, patriotic People’s Mining Bill

Center for Environmental Concerns – Philppines (CEC) joined the call of various green and indigenous peoples groups and called on the government to junk the “inutile” Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and pass the alternative mining policy People’s Mining Bill into law, in a forum today at UP Diliman Balay Kalinaw.

“After 20 years of PMA, 10 years of mining revitalization, what has the Philippines gained? How much of our foreign debt have mining revenues paid?

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.

20,000 signatures to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 sought

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) News Release
Date of publication: 
20 February, 2015

Scrap the Mining Act Network led by Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) is gathering 20,000 signatures to sign the petition for the repeal of Republic Act 8371 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.

In a forum held Friday in St.

Mining sector opposes 8 'mining-free' zones

Pia Ranada - http://www.rappler.com/nation/84203-mining-free-zones-philippines
Date of publication: 
17 February, 2015

The Chamber of Mines says proposals to declare mining-free zones could limit the country’s potential for economic growth

MANILA, Philippines – Representatives from the mining sector expressed their reservations about the plan to declare 8 provinces as mining-free zones during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, February 17.

The hearing looked into 8 bills filed separately by 8 congressmen to declare their provinces and one district as off-limits to mining.

These areas are:

Cagayan de Oro City Catanduanes Nueva Vizcaya Eastern Samar Nueva Ecija Biliran

Aussie-PH fact finding mission validates adverse impacts to communities affected by AU mining companies

Joint press release
Date of publication: 
4 February, 2015

Environmental advocates and grassroots groups under the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) and the Defend Patrimony! Alliance (Defend Patrimony) co-organized a recently concluded fact-finding mission joined by local people’s movements and Australian solidarity groups.

Banwaon datus: Mining interest leads to human rights violations

Joint Press Release - http://www.rmp-nmr.org/articles/2015/02/02/banwaon-datus-mining-interest-leads-human-rights-violations
Date of publication: 
2 February, 2015

Around 207 Banwaon households became victims of human rights violations as recorded by Karapatan-Caraga due to the ceaseless military operations in four villages in San Luis, Agusan Del Sur, to pave way for the entry of mining companies in the area.

Two hundred families involving 969 individuals were forced to evacuate their community due to threats by paramilitary groups and elements of the 26th Infantry Battalion- 4th Infantry Division Philippine Army (26IB-4th ID PA) under Lt. Col. Rolando Dumawa.

Government told: Stop forcible entry of mining firms

By Jigger J. Jerusalem - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/local-news/2015/01/30/government-told-stop-forcible-entry-mining-firms-389407
Date of publication: 
30 January, 2015

A TRIBAL group leader is pressing on the government to stop coercing the indigenous people (IP) of San Luis, Agusan del Sur to sign the document that would pave the way for the entry of mining companies, which he said could destroy not just the environment but the culture of the lumad communities.

Rogelio Plana, secretary-general of the lumad group Kalumbay, said Friday the Banwaon tribe members living in hinterland areas in San Luis are being pressured to sign the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).

The signing of the CADT, Plana said, would give mining firms the legitimate

Filipino and Australian advocates embarked on fact-finding mission to communities affected by Aussie mine firms

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
29 January, 2015

Seeking to validate the social and environmental conditions in various communities across the Philippines affected by Australian-owned large-scale mines, environmental and rights advocates from the Philippines and Australia have embarked on a fact-finding mission circuiting Bongmal District, South Cotabato and Kasibu Town, Nueva Vizcaya from January 28 to February 03, 2015.

“We aim not only to inspect the adverse impacts of Australian-owned mining to the environment, economy, society and culture of communities they affect, but to deliver our solidarity to the people’s righteous resistan

Environmentalists, locals troop to DENR to call for implementation of mine ban ordinance in Nueva Vizcaya

Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
27 January, 2015

The environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) joined various groups from the Cagayan Valley region who trooped to the national office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today, calling for the immediate stoppage of large scale mining operations in Nueva Vizcaya.

This was after an environmental ordinance banning the use of open-pit mining in the province was recently passed.

Pope urged to back People's Mining bill

By Ivy C. Tejano - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/01/16/pope-urged-back-peoples-mining-bill-386968
Date of publication: 
16 January, 2015

ENVIRONMENTALISTS are appealing to Pope Francisto support their call for the passage of the People’s Mining Bill in the wake of what they called “meaningless exploitation of mineral resources in the countryside.”

Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR) spokesperson Kim Gargar said House Bill 4315 or The People’s Mining Bill will help protect the forests destroyed by big mining corporations.

The bill will eventually lead to the nationalization of the mining industry and the changing of its export-oriented nature, Gargar said.

“In the spirit of pro-people religious stand, we hope that

Green groups, Catholic bishops urge Pope Francis to stand for ecology against large-scale mining

Joint Press Release
Date of publication: 
14 January, 2015

Twenty-three environmental groups and four Catholic bishops appealed to Pope Francis to intervene on the issue of ecological devastation and human rights violations brought about by large-scale mining operations in the Philippines.

“We are appealing to Pope Francis and the Catholic Church to support the call of the Filipino people to stop large-scale mining plunder and destruction in the Philippines. The mining liberalization policy in the past two decades have led to the destruction of marine and freshwater ecosystems, denudation of forests, and displacement of peoples.

Philippines: Alsons takeover of Indophil okayed

By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/129555/alsons-takeover-of-indophil-okayed/
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

3-day Philippines march unites across provinces to defend ancestral land

by Katrina Pestaño and Jill Mangaliman - Seattle Globalist - http://www.seattleglobalist.com/2014/12/22/philippines-march-mindanao-mining-tampakan-glencore-xstrata/31721
Date of publication: 
22 December, 2014

People’s voices carry through the streets in the Soccsksargen region of Southern Mindanao, Philippines chanting “Defend ancestral land!” and “Glencore-Xstrata-SMI out now!” during a three-day march Seattle activists joined earlier this month.

The mobilization, “Lakbayan,” meaning “People’s Journey,” stretched across approximately 100 miles from Dec. 8 through Dec.

MGB 12 proposes mineral reservation project in Sarangani towns

Date of publication: 
9 December, 2014

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 9 (PIA) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 12 is pushing a mineral reservation project in the municipalities of Kiamba and Maitum in Sarangani.

Just recently, Engr. Hernani G. Abdon, OIC chief of the Mine Management Division (MMD) of MGB 12, presented the project proposal to members of the Sangguniang Bayan of both municipalities in separate occasions.

In these meetings, Engr.

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.

#16days - Indigenous women stand against all forms of VAW

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/12/01/16days-indigenous-women-stand-against-all-forms-of-vaw/
Date of publication: 
1 December, 2014

“With the continuous mining in our communities, the indigenous women and the whole community continue to fight.”

MANILA – Indigenous women led by Bai Indigenous Women Network (BAI) protested at the Chino Roces Bridge (former Mendiola Bridge) on Thursday, Nov.

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.

South Cotabato won’t review mining code

Inquirer Mindanao - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/652630/south-cotabato-wont-review-mining-code
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

KORONADAL CITY—South Cotabato has shut the door on a possible review of the 2010 provincial environment code that bans open-pit mining and other mining practices.

Governor Daisy Fuentes made the pronouncement on Saturday shortly after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) endorsed for further review and evaluation a project feasibility study undertaken by Sagittarius Mines Inc.

Philippines: It’s mining profit vs. indigenous peoples in Mindanao

KAMP statement, via http://iva.aippnet.org/philippines-news-release-its-mining-profit-vs-indigenous-peoples-in-mindanao/
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

Makati—Outraged indigenous Lumad people led protest actions in business offices of mining corporations in Metro Manila on Tuesday, demanding the withdrawal of mining corporations in their ancestral lands.

Some 200 protesters trooped the offices of Apex Mining Corporation, Sagittarius Mines Inc., TVI Resource Development, and Nickel Asia Corp.

Peasants, urban poor, indigenous peoples from Mindanao arrive in Manila to call for social justice

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/11/21/manilakbayan-peasants-urban-poor-indigenous-peoples-from-mindanao-arrive-in-manila-to-call-for-social-justice/
Date of publication: 
21 November, 2014

They walked all the way from the southern island of Mindanao to bring to the public’s attention the gross human rights violations being committed in the different regions.

MANILA – The “Lakbayanis” from Mindanao have finally arrived in Metro Manila after nearly a week of travel by foot and by caravan.

Some 800 peasant, indigenous peoples and urban poor – the participants of the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2014 – arrived in the evening of Nov. 21 in Alabang, Muntinlupa. They would join a series of protest actions leading to Dec.

Mindanao local seeks Brits' help to fight mining giant

By Patrick Camara Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau - http://rp1.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/11/13/14/mindanao-local-seeks-brits-help-fight-mining-giant
Date of publication: 
13 November, 2014

LONDON – Mark Lopez has come a long way to save his community from one of the largest multinational companies in the world, which he claims is ruining Filipino lives in pursuit of gold.

Lopez gave a series of talks in England about the plight of local communities affected by the Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato, set to become the largest open-pit mine in the Philippines.

Anglo-Swiss corporation Glencore-Xstrata has a controlling stake in the project, operated locally by Sagittarius Mines, Inc.

Cordillera folk call for NCIP abolition

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL, www.nordis.net - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/10/28/indigenous-folk-call-for-ncip-abolition
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2014

“Instead of protecting the indigenous peoples, the NCIP served as a bridge for the entry of destructive projects.”

BAGUIO CITY — Cordillera indigenous peoples called for the abolition of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) saying that the agency betrayed their interests.

In a protest action in front of the NCIP regional office, Oct.

UK speaker tour on Glencore's Tampakan project

PIPLinks, CHRP, War on Want
Date of publication: 
20 October, 2014

Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP-UK), in co-operation with War on Want & Philippine Indigenous Links (PIPLinks) invite you to the following events in line with raising awareness on multinational mining companies and their impacts on human rights, local communities and the environment where they operate.

Guest speakers from the Philippines:

Clemente Bautista, Coordinator for Kalikasan Peoples’ Network for the Environment
Mark ‘Daryll’ Lopez’ Campaign coordinator, SOCSARGENDS Agenda

Schedule of activities:

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014
Dirty Coal Tour with London Mining N

Suspended mine leaves deep scars in Philippine village

Tim Kroenert - http://www.ucanews.com/news/suspended-mine-leaves-deep-scars-in-philippine-village/72122
Date of publication: 
7 October, 2014

Santa Cruz, Philippines – “You know you’ve reached Santa Cruz when you hit the potholes,” says Josephine Astadan.

She isn’t joking. The degradation of the road is evident the moment one crosses into Santa Cruz, a tiny village in the far northwest corner of the northern Philippines province of Zambales.

The village’s mining operations have been still for three months, but the potholes, says Astadan, are but one of the visible scars that remain.

Lifelong local Astadan is the general secretary of the Concerned Citizens of Santa Cruz.

Investigating mining pollution and plunder in Nueva Vizcaya

By Karl Begnotea, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/10/05/investigating-mining-pollution-and-plunder-in-nueva-vizcaya/
Date of publication: 
5 October, 2014

The abundant natural resources and biologically diverse ecosystems of the province of Nueva Vizcaya, known as the Watershed Haven of Cagayan Valley, are greatly imperiled by foreign large-scale mining and militarization.

I witnessed this environmental disaster slowly unfolding as part of an Environmental Investigative Mission (EIM) last April 2014, along with fellow scientists from the Advocates of Science & Technology for the People (AGHAM), and local environmental advocates from the Alyansa ng Nagkakaisang Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan (ANNVIK).

There are two transnational corporati

A Deadly Difference of World View

Statement from LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights)
Date of publication: 
21 September, 2014

In his speech in the recently concluded Mining Conference 2014 organized by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CoMP), Vice-President Jejomar Binay said that, “We must take an accurate inventory of our nation’s natural resources and if possible plot a schedule for harnessing these resources with long-term goals firmly in mind.” This was a great assurance to CoMP president Benjamin Philip Romualdez, also of Benguet Corp, that should Binay take over the government administration in 2016, there will be no change in the government development path.

Philippine groups express solidarity to people of El Salvador ...

Joint statement
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2014

... in fight against mining giant Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim Mining Corp

Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance against Mining-Philippines), Lilak (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Focus on the Global South and the EU-ASEAN FTA Campaign Network denounce the bullying of El Salvador by corporate mining giant Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim.

Two activists killed for opposing mining and banana plantations

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME - http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-126-2014
Date of publication: 
8 September, 2014

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-126-2014

PHILIPPINES: Two activists killed for opposing mining and banana plantations

ISSUES: Extrajudicial killings; Human rights defenders

Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you about the killing of two activists in separate incidents in Davao province. The victims had been involved in campaigning against the impact of a coal-powered plant, a mining operation and banana plantations in their community.

‘Ruthless legacy’ - 7 activists killed in August

By Janess Ann J. Ellao, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/09/03/ruthless-legacy-seven-activists-killed-in-august/
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2014

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.” – Karapatan

MANILA – There were almost two activists killed every week for the month of August, human rights and indigenous peoples group said. The suspected perpetrators were soldiers, paramilitary groups, death squads and an official of a palm oil company.

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.

Philex Mining bags final clearance

Date of publication: 
28 August, 2014

PHILEX Mining Corp. has secured final regulatory clearance to resume full operations at its Padcal gold-and-copper mine in Benguet, a little more than two years after the facility shut down due to a tailings leak.

In an Aug. 27 letter to Philex Mining President Eulalio B. Austin, Jr., Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Leo L. Jasareno noted that “issues emanating from the tailings spill incident (on Aug.

SMI renews bid for $5.9bn mining project

By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/125933/philippines-smi-renews-bid-for-5-9bn-mining-project/
Date of publication: 
20 August, 2014

Despite government failure to address policy issues in the mining industry, Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) is still hopeful it will get the necessary permits and clearances needed to pursue its stalled Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

It is poised to conduct more rounds of consultations with stakeholders, including obtaining the consent of communities and local government units that will be affected by its multi-billion dollar project.

The Tampakan project straddles the Mindanao provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur and Sarangani in the Philippine covering more than

The Rock Hard Truth—Philippine Learning Tour raises concerns about mining-related human rights violations in the Zamboanga penin

KAIROS Press Statement - http://www.kairoscanada.org/sustainability/resource-extraction/press-statement-the-rock-hard-truth-philippine-learning-tour-raises-concerns-about-mining-related-human-rights-violations-in-the-zamboanga-peninsula/
Date of publication: 
6 August, 2014

We, the Canadian and Philippine delegates of the Philippine Learning Tour, have journeyed as partners to study and investigate the impact of Canadian mining operations in the Zamboanga peninsula.

State of the Indigenous Peoples Address 2014

Statement from State of the Indigenous Peoples Address (SIPA) Meeting
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2014

Indigenous Peoples – For Truth, Justice, Peace & Equality!

We, the bae, datu, fulong, baylan, timuay, mantikadong, the indigenous leaders of indigenous communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, belonging to the different tribes of the B’laan, Higaonon, Kalanguya-Ifugao, Mansaka, Erumanen ne Menuvu, Erumanen ne Menuvu Kirinteken,Aeta-Abellen, Dumagat, Pala’wan, Subanen, Subanon, Ilongot, Manobo Matigsalog, Egongot (Ilongot) Bugkalot, Bukidnon, Manubo Blit, Teduray, Tagbanwa, Tasaday, Lambangi-an, Ybanag, Remontado, Aeta, Ayta, at T’boli-Ubo, together in solidarity with our friends

4 mining firms suspended over ‘unsystematic’ methods

by Rappler.com - http://www.rappler.com/business/special-report/whymining/whymining-latest-stories/64247-4-mining-firms-suspended-unsystematic-methods
Date of publication: 
24 July, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has suspended the nickel mining operations of 4 mining firms in Central Luzon because of unsystematic methods.

Suspended were Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation, Benguet Corporation Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., and LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc.

Residents of Sta.

Zambo del Sur IPs call DENR for cancellation of 168 Ferrum MPSA

By Jong D. Cadion - http://pagadianfrontline.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/zambo-del-sur-ips-call-denr-for.html
Date of publication: 
14 July, 2014

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur (MPF News) —- The Subanen Indigenous Communities of Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur through their economic arm, Subanen Gataw Taasan Association Incorporated (SUGATAI), warned and cautioned government officials from closing their eyes to the violations committed by 168 Ferrum Pacific Mining Corporation (168 Ferrum), IPs Official said.

SUGATAI Chairman Timuay Carlito Dalangon said Monday calling the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J.P.

Kalinga tribe vs mining

Manila Bulletin - https://ph.news.yahoo.com/kalinga-tribe-vs-mining-174321511.html
Date of publication: 
5 July, 2014

Baguio City — Members of the Guinaang tribe of Pasil town in Kalinga and the group Indigenous Farmers of Guinaang, Pasil Inc.

Kalinga’s small-scale miners now employ mercury-free methods

Written by Marilou Guieb / Correspondent - http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/regions/34129-kalinga-s-small-scale-miners-now-employ-mercury-free-methods
Date of publication: 
20 June, 2014

SMALL-SCALE miners in the village of Ga-ang in Kalinga are now 95 percent operating without the use of mercury. This translates to the non-release of at least two tons of toxic mercury during the mining process.

This was disclosed by the environment group Ban Toxics (BT) as part of its three-year intervention from 2011 to 2014 in Kalinga, a province of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), to use Mercury-free methods in processing gold.

The activity is part of BT’s Elimination of Mercury in Artisanal Small-Scale Mining (ASGM) Program.

Citinickel and Philex: latest cases of impunity in big mines

Letter to the editor from Kalikasan-PNE
Date of publication: 
18 June, 2014

Two recent incidents involving large-scale mines reminded us once again of the impunity of destructive big mining projects in the Philippines.

The first is instructive of why large-scale miners are a long-standing bane to the Philippine environment.

MGB suspends nickel-mining company over silt spill in Palawan town

Written by Jonathan L. Mayuga - http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/economy/33720-mgb-suspends-nickel-mining-company-over-silt-spill-in-palawan-town
Date of publication: 
12 June, 2014

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has suspended the operation of Citinickel Mines and Development Corp.

Philex’s P189 payout is just another PR gimmick

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.

UP forest advocates harassed, barred from tree planting in mining-affected area by mining security

Task Force-Justice for Environmental Defenders Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 June, 2014

‘Reforestation not allowed here,’ police said to environmentalists

Environmental advocates condemned today the security forces of a mining corporation in Nueva Vizcaya province for harassing students and professors from the University of the Philippines (UP) trekking to the mining-affected community of Sitio Bit-ang, Barangay Runruno.

“Forest advocates from UP who were on a tree-planting activity in Barangay Runruno were harassed by heavily armed security personnel of FCF Minerals Corporation and local policemen.

Surigao villagers blame mining firm for pollution of water sources

By Roel Catoto - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2014/04/30/surigao-villagers-blame-mining-firm-for-pollution-of-water-sources/
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2014

JUBGAN, San Francisco, Surigao del Norte – Mining activities by a firm that has reportedly no permit to operate have polluted the sources of potable water in this village, residents told MindaNews over the weekend.

Jubgan has at least 200 households, and they depend on the streams and river in their area for potable water.

Romeo Gordonas, a local resident said their water source would become murky with just a slight rain.

He said that even if Mt.

Alternative paradigm for indigenous peoples

By Clarissa V. Militante, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://opinion.inquirer.net/74025/alternative-paradigm-for-indigenous-peoples#ixzz30GQ40OIO
Date of publication: 
29 April, 2014

On April 24, 1984, soldiers of the Marcos regime killed Macli-ing Dulag, the leader of the Cordillera communities’ resistance against the construction of dams in the Chico River. Thirty years later, attacks on indigenous peoples (IPs) have become more and more blatant amid heightened conflict over resources.

On one side are corporations grabbing land and taking control of resources that are not only economically important to ethnic communities but also sustain the very core of who they are and how they have lived.

Zambo. del Sur IP’s seek PNoy help for MPSA cancellation within Midsalip Ancestral Domain

By Jong Cadion - http://pagadianfrontline.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/zambo-del-sur-ips-seek-pnoy-help-for.html
Date of publication: 
26 April, 2014

PAGADIAN CITY, ZAMBO DEL SUR (April 27, 2014-MPF NEWS) – The Indigenous Peoples represented by the Council of Elders and Leaders belong to the Subanen Gataw Taasan Association, Inc.

Anti-mining protests mark Earth Day celeb in Mindanao

By Tyrone A. Velez and Myrah G. Acuzar, Davao Today - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/04/24/anti-mining-protests-mark-earth-day-celeb-in-mindanao/
Date of publication: 
24 April, 2014

DAVAO CITY — The Talaingod Manobos highlighted an Earth Day protest rally here where they slammed government agencies for allowing the entry of five mining companies into their homeland in Davao del Norte.

This as other rallies in General Santos City and Surigao City gathered indigenous peoples and environment advocates to oppose the entry of large-scale mining companies in Mindanao.

Led by the organization Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon, some 50 of its leaders and members picketed the offices of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) an

Philippines deadliest Asian country for environment activists – report

INQUIRER.net - http://globalnation.inquirer.net/102121/ph-deadliest-asian-country-for-environment-activists-report#ixzz2z1sf5Ve4
Date of publication: 
15 April, 2014

[Global Witness have produced a report focussing on the rise in killings of those people defending environmental and land rights (including mining activists).

Stop open-pit mining; it does not solve poverty, it perpetuates it -- Pimentel

Senate Press Release http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2014/0403_pimentel1.asp
Date of publication: 
3 April, 2014

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III today urged local government units to disallow “open-pit mining” that have turned precious farmlands into a moonscape.

“We cannot allow the unabated destruction of our land and water resources due to open-pit mining.

‘Still no peace for majority of BangsaMoro people in new Aquino-MILF deal’

By Marya Salamat, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/03/31/still-no-peace-for-majority-of-bangsamoro-people-in-new-aquino-milf-deal/
Date of publication: 
31 March, 2014

“The Moro people will continue to endure the national oppression, economic subjugation and dire poverty and backwardness albeit under the signboard of a supposedly newer and better form of regional autonomy.” – Moro Christian Peoples’ Alliance

MANILA – Amid the euphoria and plaudits that greeted the newly-signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the ordinary Moro and those supporting their centuries-old struggle cannot clap yet nor rest their case.

“We recognize the determined effort of the MILF to mainstream the Bangsamoro problem and put forward solutions t

Zamboanga del Sur IPs seek Pnoy help for investigation on illegal mining operation

By Jong Cadion - http://pagadianfrontline.blogspot.fr/2014/03/zamboanga-del-sur-ips-seek-pnoy-help.html
Date of publication: 
22 March, 2014

PAGADIAN CITY, ZAMBO del SUR, Mindanao, Southern Philippines – The group of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) belong to the organization of Pikumpongan Subanen Lupa Pusaka with a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) 075 in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte sending a letter requesting help to President Benigno Aquino III through the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Ramon J.P. Paje to investigate the continuous illegal mining operations in Zamboanga del Sur.

The CADT-075 represented by its tribal leader Chairman Luciano G.

IP group to Pres. Aquino: Stop the Killings of Indigenous Peoples!

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) Press Release
Date of publication: 
20 March, 2014

43 killings in 45 months, 4 slays of IPs in 2014

The year 2014 is marked by the blood of indigenous peoples, says Piya Macliing Malayao, the Igorot spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) “In the first ten weeks of 2014, the blood of four indigenous peoples has been spilt in brutal killings attributed to State forces.

Bishops seek stop to Tampakan mining in Mindanao

Date of publication: 
16 March, 2014

Catholic Church officials in Mindanao on Thursday reiterated their plea to the government to stop the mining of gold and copper in South Cotabato.

Bishops led by new Cardinal and Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo wrote a letter to President Benigno Aquino III asking for a “God-enlightened decision” on the matter.

“The cost, Mr.

Cordillera women wage battle vs. profit driven energy projects

Date of publication: 
12 March, 2014

BAGUIO CITY – In celebration of the International Women’s Day, women from all over the region gathered in this city for a summit to amplify their position against profit-driven energy projects that has destroyed and are threatening their land, food and rights.

The testimonies of women from provinces affected by the said projects on March 8, 2014 speak of an old story that says:

“Maibus iti kuwarta, ngem saan iti daga; Ti bunga iti daga awan ti patinggana ay ay; Kakailian kitaen yo, saan tayo a paloko; Umanay a pagsarmingan, nakalkaldaang kapadasan ay ay…Iti biag mi ket simple, pa

‘Green Flag’ national day of action marks anniversary of the Mining Act of 1995

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
3 March, 2014

Protests across PH call for revocation of Aquino’s mining liberalization policies, cancellation of destructive mining projects

On the 19th anniversary of the passage of RA 7942 or the Mining Act of 1995, nationally-coordinated actions across the Philippines were launched today to call for the revocation of Pres.

Cordillera villagers rally behind Kalinga tribe in mining dispute

Manila Bulletin - http://www.mb.com.ph/cordillera-villagers-rally-behind-kalinga-tribe-in-mining-dispute/
Date of publication: 
1 March, 2014

The indigenous communities of the entire Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) stand four-square behind the Balatoc tribe of Pasil, Kalinga province that is currently waging a relentless campaign to protect their ancestral lands from illegal mining operators.

Leaders of the BAMIKBA, Inc. issued an open letter to help resist the Chinese-led consortium Carrascal Nickel Corp.

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