Cordillera Administrative Region

Environmentalists storm Philex stockholders’ meet, remind DENR not to allow delinquent company to operate

Kalikasan PNE Press release
Date of publication: 
26 June, 2012

Environmental activists and militant groups stormed the annual stockholders meeting of the country’s biggest mining corporation Philex. The groups expressed their disgust and called on the stockholders to discontinue their support to Manuel Pangilinan’s main mining corporation.

“In spite of killing the Balog River, polluting the biggest multipurpose dam, and failing to pay its financial obligations to government institutions, Philex continues to operate its dangerous Padcal mining.

Mankayan FPIC resumption eyed

By Maria Elena Catajan -
Date of publication: 
16 June, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Stakeholders from the province up to the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) are hoping to resume the stalled Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) proceedings in Mankayan town.

Governor Nestor Fongwan and Mankayan officials were called together with some concerned agencies to determine how to proceed with the mandated FPIC proceedings between Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.

PH govt challenged to decommission Philex Dam and stop large-scale mining ops along Agno River

Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
29 May, 2013

The environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) today challenged the administration of Pres. Benigno Aquino III to hold accountable Philex Mining Corporation for its negative impacts to the San Roque Multipurpose Dam and the Agno River during the massive mine spills of its Padcal Mines in Benguet back in August to September of 2012.

“We fully support the demand of the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) to make Philex pay the government for the damages and harm it caused to San Roque Multipurpose Dam and its related facilities.

Tribe groups seek UN hand on rights violations

Date of publication: 
27 May, 2013

BAGUIO CITY — Indigenous peoples groups sought the intervention of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) on the escalating human rights violations against indigenous peoples in the country in the ongoing meeting of the 12th Session of the UNPFII in New York, USA this May 20 to May 31.

In the intervention, Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) chairman Windel Bolinget pointed out that despite the Philippine government’s adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and other human rights treaties, the escalating human rig

Despite protests, mining firm starts operations in Kalinga

By ALMA B. SINUMLAG, Northern Dispatch -
Date of publication: 
14 May, 2013

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Angered and disgusted with the recent intrusion of Cordillera Exploration Company Inc. (CEXCI) in their hometown, residents of Tawang village, Balbalan sought help from the office of Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Kalinga to stop the mining activities of CEXCI in the village.

The residents brought with them a report of their inspection in the mine site and a petition to stop CEXCI’s mine operation.

NPA claims torching mining firm’s machinery

By ALDWIN QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch -
Date of publication: 
7 May, 2013

BAGUIO CITY — The New People’s Army (NPA) claimed responsibility for the torching of a drilling machine of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (LCMC) at Colalo village of Mankayan, Benguet on April 25, 2013.

In a statement sent to media, the Jennifer “Maria” Cariño Command of the NPA-Benguet said the action is a punishment to the mining company, and in support and solidarity with the people of Mankayan and with people of other places against the destructive mining operations of LCMC and other giant mining companies in the country.

The drilling operations in Colalo are part

Senate conducts inquiry on Philex spill

By Maria Elena Catajan,
Date of publication: 
26 March, 2013

THE Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) recommended during a Senate inquiry last week just compensation for affected Philex folk.

In a statement the CPA recommended to “decommission TP3 (Tailings Pond No. 3) and rehabilitate affected river and terrestrial ecosystems.

Senate probes Philex mining spill

By Ma. Elena Catajan -
Date of publication: 
20 March, 2013

BAGUIO CITY – The Senate committee on Environment and Natural Resources started the investigation Tuesday on the Philex Mining Corporation’s Padcal mine disaster.

Representatives of the Philex Mining Corporation attended the Senate inquiry on Tuesday.

Fay Apil, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) officer in charge, and over 41 other groups from government and nongovernment organizations also appeared before the Senate hearing.

On July 2012 an unusual amount of water accumulated in tailings pond 3 of Philex located in Balog, Ampucao, Itogon.

A sink hole resulted causing the pon

Philex reopening subjects communities to more disasters

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.

Indigenous Peoples relieved over drill pull out

Date of publication: 
13 January, 2013

BAGUIO CITY — Mankayan indigenous people (IP) of Sitio Madaymen, Tabio, Mankayan of Benguet and members of the Save the Mankayan Movement (SMM) expressed great relief and victory as Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.