Region 11

Spirits summoned in fight vs mining

Source: 
Frinston Lim, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20091010-229433/Spirits-summoned-in-fight-vs-mining
Date of publication: 
10 October, 2009

Compostela Valley, Philippines—-The female “baylan” was at the midpoint of the ritual when she suddenly stopped. She felt something had perched on her arm and her chants fell to an abrupt crescendo.
It was an ill-omen, Datu Bernardo Limikid hushed to the crowd. Moments later, the ancient priestess’ ululations were again picking up.
She was performing the “ipat,” Limikid later explained.

Tribal leaders yet to decide which mining firm to support

Source: 
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/tribal-leaders-yet-decide-which-mining-firm-support
Date of publication: 
29 September, 2009

LEADERS of the four tribal groups in Upper Ulip, Diwalwal in Monkayo are split anew over which mining firm to partner for the exploration and mining of the 950 hectares of ancestral domain which was awarded to them by the Philippine Mining Development Corp.

Lumads need to know impact of mining, climate change, says NCIP official

Source: 
Walter I. Balane/MindaNews - http://www.mindanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7038&Itemid=50
Date of publication: 
29 September, 2009

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 September) – Indigenous peoples need to know and should demand full disclosure of the impact of mining projects on their environment, culture, and economic conditions before deciding on the proposed entry of such projects in their communities, Commissioner Janette Serranoof the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) said.

“What is imperative is equitable benefit sharing,” Serrano-Reisland said.

The commissioner, who spoke at the First Mindanao Tribal Summit here over the weekend, also said it is imperative to educate the indigenous communities on

Auction of Davao mine project stopped by indigenous groups

Source: 
http://www.bworldonline.com/BW092509/content.php?id=042
Date of publication: 
25 September, 2009

BIDDING FOR a 20,000-hectare copper and gold mining project in Davao del Norte was postponed by a state-led firm following a restraining order issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

The NCIP’s Regional Hearing Office in Davao City issued the order on Sept. 17, citing the lack of “free and prior informed consent” from indigenous groups.

State-run Philippine Mining Development Corp.

Mati folks reject mining operation in Davao Oriental

Source: 
http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20090705234206
Date of publication: 
6 July, 2009

DAVAO ORIENTAL, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 6, 2009) – Filipino environmentalists marched on Monday to protest continued mining operations in the southern Philippine province of Davao Oriental.

The protesters, led by a multi-sectoral group called Kabukiran, Kapatagan, Kadagatan Panalipdi (KKKP), said the mining operations caused pollution, flash floods and landslides in the town of Mati.

Fishermen and peasants and interfaith groups also joined the protest dubbed as “Baktas Katawhan Para sa Kinaiyahan.” They were protesting against the operation of the Bearbull Mining, I

Local folks vow to oppose Pujada Nickel Project; say BHP-AMCOR settlement more than expected

Source: 
LRC-KsK Press Release
Date of publication: 
3 July, 2009

Mati, Davao Oriental – Local anti-mining opposition expressed no surprise to the reported amicable settlement between the mining giant BHP Billiton and its partner Asiaticus Management Corporation (AMCOR) in order to start the multi-billion dollar Pujada (Hallmark) Nickel Project as soon as possible.

“We know they will end up together again, and make it appear that their amicable settlement is a positive development in the history of mining industry and that it would spell progress in the province and in the region.

BHP Billiton, Asiaticus nearing deal to push through with nickel project — Atienza

Source: 
Business World - http://www.bworldonline.com/BW060909/content.php?id=042
Date of publication: 
9 June, 2009

AUSTRALIAN MINING giant BHP Billiton is finalizing talks with its local partner to move forward with the exploration of a nickel mine in southern Mindanao, the head of the Environment department said yesterday.

“We had a very good meeting, but the agreement has yet to be formalized… [it is] under review,” Environment Secretary Jose L. Atienza, Jr., told reporters. “[The talks] are now in the process of [being formalized],” he added.

The Pujada mine in southern Mindanao could become one of the country’s largest nickel projects at full capacity.

Mining for Answers in the Philippines

Source: 
Reynard Loki, www.opednews.com - http://www.opednews.com/articles/Mining-for-Answers-in-the-by-Reynard-Loki-090610-261.html
Date of publication: 
13 June, 2009

The Philippine mining industry is running rough-shod on indigenous people and the environment. For President Macapagal-Arroyo, it presents a great opportunity

The municipal government of Nueva Valencia in the Philippine island province of Guimaras last year passed a resolution opposing the proposed mining exploration by the Fil-Asian Strategic Resources and Properties Corporation. Environmental groups and Guimaras residents fear that the project will threaten the natural resources of the island, which is still recovering from a massive oil spill in 2006.

Crew Gold seeks partner for Maco gold project

Source: 
Riza T. Olchondra, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://business.inquirer.net/money/topstories/view/20090608-209303/Crew-Gold-seeks-partner-for-Maco-gold-project
Date of publication: 
8 June, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Recession-hit Crew Gold Corp. needs to raise at least $12 million for its Maco mine in gold-rich Compostela Valley in Mindanao.

The UK-based miner is thus looking for a partner to invest in Apex Mining Co.

Gabriela solon says killings in Davao Region are ’state-sponsored’

Source: 
Davao Today -http://davaotoday.com/2009/05/28/gabriela-solon-says-killings-in-davao-region-are-state-sponsored/
Date of publication: 
28 May, 2009

Rep. Luz Ilagan of Gabriela Women’s Party condemned the killings of Kapis Butod and Ludenio Monzon in Davao region, saying that the spate of summary executions under the Arroyo administration is ’state-sponsored.’

On April 14, 2009, Kapis Butod, 20 years old, was killed by military elements in Sitio Milansad, Brgy. Palma Gil, Talaingod, Davao del Norte.