Cordillera Administrative Region

Mine firm still has to wait

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By Ma. Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/08/30/mine-firm-still-has-wait-240049
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30 August, 2012

A SOUTH African mining firm still has a long way to go before it can start its operations.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DILG-MGB) OIC Fay Apil said it will be the start of a long process for Gold Fields Philippines Corporation to set up shop in Mankayan town.

Apil said that after the information drive weeks ago, more meetings with the community are needed.

‘Philex’s unstable tailings dam shatters myth of responsible mining’

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By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/08/22/%E2%80%98philex%E2%80%99s-unstable-tailings-dam-shatters-myth-of-responsible-mining%E2%80%99/
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22 August, 2012

Philex has reportedly been filling its tailings ponds to way over its capacity, doing only “mitigating measures” against likely spills, and ignoring the pond’s ending lifespan.

MANILA – Residents of Benguet province and all communities downriver of Agno and San Roque dam continue to live in danger from the accumulated toxic wastes of Philex Mining Corporation. Although Philex has shut down since Aug.

No such thing as ‘responsible large-scale mining’ – Cordillera Peoples’ Alliance

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By KIMBERLIE OLMAYA NGABIT-QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/08/14/62157/
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14 August, 2012

BAGUIO CITY—The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) reiterates call for a total mining ban saying that the recent leakage of toxic waste from Philex Mining Corporation’s tailings dam 3 during the onslaught of incessant monsoon rains in Luzon is enough proof that responsible large-scale mining is a myth.

On August 4, Philex Mining Corporation announced that they were able to plug the leak from tailings dam 3 after affected residents of Barangay Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet reported that mine wastes were flowing down Agno river.

Philex Mining says wastewater overflow stopped, Padcal mine stays closed

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http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/268516/economy/agricultureandmining/philex-mining-says-wastewater-overflow-stopped-padcal-mine-stays-closed
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6 August, 2012

Philex Mining Corp.

Philex suspends operations at Benguet mine after tunnel gets flooded

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http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/268146/economy/companies/philex-suspends-operations-at-benguet-mine-after-tunnel-gets-flooded
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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.

Poverty of indigenous peoples worsens under Aquino, says revolutionary group

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By ALDWIN QUITASOL, www.nordis.net - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/08/06/poverty-of-indigenous-peoples-worsen-under-aquino-says-revolutionary-group/
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6 August, 2012

BAGUIO CITY — The Cordillera Peoples Democratic Front (CPDF) said that President Benigno Aquino III “matuwid na daan” (righteous path) has led to the all-out plunder of the country’s resources that worsens the already sorry state of indigenous peoples.

CPDF, through its spokesman Simon “Ka Filiw” Naogsan, pointed out that the absence of “wangwang” (sirens) is the diversion of the government of the awareness of the people from the gigantic gains of big mining companies and energy corporations.

Aquino’s new mining policy attacks small-scale mines, boosts large corporate mining

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By KIMBERLIE OLMAYA NGABIT-QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/07/30/aquinos-new-mining-policy-attacks-small-scale-mines-boosts-large-corporate-mining/
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30 July, 2012

BAGUIO CITY—The new mining order of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, or his Executive Order (EO) 79, will adversely affect small scale mining (SSM) and further strengthen corporate and large scale mining.

Santos Mero, deputy secretary general of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), said the new mining policy will kill the small-scale mining industry as it gives more leeway to large-scale mining companies in plundering the country’s mineral resources.

Pickets vs mining firm ‘peaceful’

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By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/07/27/pickets-vs-mining-firm-peaceful-234256
Date of publication: 
27 July, 2012

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -– The protests in Mankayan town are still within peaceful grounds, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

Benguet Police Provincial Office Intelligence chief Mario Mayames said Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation (LCMC) tried but failed to implement the order of the National Commission on Indigenous People to allow Goldfields Philippines to drill in the Far South East site.

Mayames said it was LCMC that later gave way when protesters refused to let equipment and materials pass through the site.

Mining firm’s pact with indigenous people slammed

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http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/07/22/mining-firm-s-pact-indigenous-people-slammed-233410
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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

Sagada folks close river-polluting mine

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By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW, www.nordis.net - http://www.nordis.net/?p=12985
Date of publication: 
15 July, 2012

SAGADA, Mountain Province — People’s power is effective in this town when barangay officials and elders in the eastern barangays stormed and closed a refinery plant where the mine wastes contaminated with cyanide were dumped in a river that waters centuries old ricefields of the Kiltepan (Kilong-Antadao-Tetep-an) tribe here.

On July 7, elders and officials of the eastern barangays of Kilong, Tetep-an Sur, Tetep-an Norte and Antadao, went to the small scale mine in Pidlisan, a northern village of this town, and imposed a fine and closed a milling plant for the minewastes that pollute t