Cordillera Administrative Region
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.
“Nasaor, saan mi naawatan ken naapura kami iti panagpirma mi iti MOA. (We were deceived, we did not understand and we were rushed in signing the MOA)” – Teofilo Wenhay, Barangay Captain of Eheb, Tinoc, Ifugao.
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance supports the decision of the indigenous peoples of Eheb and Tokucan in Tinoc, Ifugao in retracting their signatures in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Quadriver Energy Corporation. Quadriver intends to operate a hydro project that will affect the said communities. Quadriver Energy Corp.
“More than 100,000 indigenous peoples from 39 tribal groups all over the country will be dislocated or will lose their livelihood as an effect of the all-out mining liberalization under Aquino.
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.
Baguio City — Members of the Guinaang tribe of Pasil town in Kalinga and the group Indigenous Farmers of Guinaang, Pasil Inc.
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.
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.
Who would speak for the mountains, trees and rivers when these are threatened and even bulldozed, cut down and polluted in the name of ‘development’?
In Sabangan, Mt. Province, concerned community members are out to speak and be heard. The once pristine environment in Sabangan where pine trees color the mountains with green and creeks converging down to the Chico is now under threat.
This landscape changed when Hedcor, a subsidiary of Aboitiz, started to construct a 13, 200-kilowatt run-of-river hydroelectric plant in Sabangan.
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.