Region 11

Barrage of mining operations feared to make Caraga a 'ghost region'

PIA Press Release -
Date of publication: 
5 April, 2010

Butuan City – Shortening the time in acquiring mining permits in the country is both bad and sad news for communities protecting environment and will bring sooner the Philippine’s Mining Capital, Caraga Region, lived up to its name — a ghost region.

Environmental groups claimed that the barrage of mining activities in Caraga Region had made some portions of the once high, towering and mighty “Red Mountain” in the boundary of Surigao provinces an instant “swimming pool”.

Green groups call for mining moratorium to mitigate El Nino impacts

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) Press Release
Date of publication: 
25 February, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), an advocacy group on environmental and human rights issues and people’s movement composed of more than eighty (80) organizations from mining-affected communities and civil society organizations nationwide, calls for a moratorium on large-scale mining operations to mitigate El Nino impacts.

‘The El Nino phenomenon has put watersheds in dry spell in different parts of our country. Mining is a water intensive industry and mining operations and/or tenements are located in watershed areas.

Canadian expert eyes entrepreneur boot camp for RP lumads

Ben Serrano, PIA -
Date of publication: 
22 February, 2010

Surigao City - Claiming it is the only means to achieve sustainable Community-Based Enterprise (CBE) for Indigenous People in the Philippines, Canada's University of Manitoba Research Fellow Mavis McRae recommends establishment of entrepreneur boot camp.

BHP Billiton pulls out of Philippine nickel mining project but CAFOD continues call for new consent process

CAFOD Press Release
Date of publication: 
7 January, 2010

Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton has cut ties with a controversial nickel mining project on a Philippine island community. The project funded and operated by BHP Billiton and worth US$22.7 billion, came under heavy criticism from a CAFOD report over allegations of bribery by BHP Billiton’s local joint venture partner AMCOR. BHP Billiton has sold its stake in the project to AMCOR.

But CAFOD is reiterating its call for a new, independently monitored community consent process to be carried out before any mining goes ahead in Macambol.

BHP sells stake in Philippine nickel project

Reuters -
Date of publication: 
22 December, 2009

Global miner BHP Billiton has pulled out of a $US2 billion nickel project in the southern Philippines, selling its 40 per cent stake to a local partner.

The project was BHP’s only mining venture in the Southeast Asian country and the move could be part of the miner’s plan to exit the nickel business as early as next year after selling two major nickel divisions in four months.

Lumad Cry for Justice for the Death of Anti-Logging Leader

Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC-KsK) Press Release
Date of publication: 
27 December, 2009

Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental – Early morning of December 24th, Alberto “Berting” Pinagawa, a Higaonon anti-logging leader hiked from his house in Sitio Muyo, Brgy. Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental together with his 13 year old nephew to Brgy. Eureka, Gingoog City to catch for a “habal-habal” ride in time for the family Christmas get-together in Brgy. Kalipayan, Gingoog City.

While in Sitio Papataon, Brgy. Eureka, assailants blocked his way and violently fired at least 20 shots of high a powered gun which shattered his body, abdomen and his right arm.

Ex-militiamen take villagers hostage in S. Philippines

Associated Press -
Date of publication: 
11 December, 2009

MANILA — Government-armed former militiamen accused of murder and banditry kidnapped more than 70 villagers and children Thursday from a southern Philippines village, demanding that charges be dropped against them before they would free the hostages.

The abductions raised fresh questions about the government’s long-standing policy of arming civilian volunteers to protect against insurgencies. The day before, 100 other militiamen in the south were added to the list of those accused of slaughtering civilians in the country’s worst political massacre.

SC allows gov't takeover of Diwalwal

Norman Bordadora, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
24 November, 2009

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court has upheld its June 2006 decision allowing the national government to take over the so-called Diwalwal Gold Rush Area, otherwise known as the Agusan-Davao-Surigao Forest Reserve.

In a 46-page en banc decision penned by Associate Justice Minita Chico-Nazario, the high tribunal dismissed a motion for reconsideration that Southeast Mindanao Gold Mining Corp. (SEM) filed two years ago.

In its earlier decision, the high court nullified SEM’s exploration permit that it acquired from Marcopper Mining Corp. (MMC).

Dav Or mining town fears military presence

Date of publication: 
4 November, 2009

MATI, DAVAO ORIENTAL – Residents of Barangay Sanghay, this town expressed fears over the presence in the area of military troops belonging to the 28h infantry battalion (IB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Some 50-100 troops have been reportedly staying in the civilian vicinity particularly at the Barangay hall, inside the chapel and in the covered court near civilian houses, said according to Franchie Buhayan, Anakpawis partylist spokesperson, Anakpawis being one of the groups that joined the Interfaith and Peace Mission who recently went to Davao Oriental.

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BHP Billiton, RP partner begin talks to resolve row

Othel V. Campos, Manila Standard -
Date of publication: 
22 October, 2009

BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, and partner Asiaticus Management Corp. have started talks in Singapore to resolve an ownership row over the Pujada nickel project in Davao Oriental.

“They had a very cordial, warm meeting and they talked about common interest. The positive side is that their reconciliation in full progress,” said Environment Secretary Lito Atienza.

Asiaticus president Peter Tan and Ian Smith of BHP Billiton led the talks. Atienza attended the initial meeting as mediator.