Region 13

Filipino environment advocates slam Australian mining project

The Philippine Times
Date of publication: 
6 December, 2008

A group of environment advocates from the Philippines recently slammed an Australian mining company.

Sibuyan Island Sentinels coordinator Rodne Galicha vented the group’s sentiments against the nickel supply agreement between BHP Billiton, the mining company, and the Sibuyan Nickle Properties Development Corporation (SNPDC).

Chief among these concerns are their group’s concern for what the mining project would do to the environment of Sibuyan.

Galicha said that they are worried over the activities of Queensland Nickel, a BHP Billiton subsidiary, which wants to establish a nickel mine

Farmers install 15–foot scarecrow to ward off mining firm

Date of publication: 
4 December, 2008

“The women, men, youth, and children assisted in the installation of a 15 feet tall scarecrow as our symbolic edifice against mining,” Rizalina Lisbos, a mother of four, narrated.

The members of Anislagan Bantay Kalikasan Task Force (ABAKATAF) of barangay Anislagan, Placer, Surigao del Norte installed a scarecrow as a symbol of the community’s strong staunch against mining which threatens their farm lands.

Anislagan is an agricultural community of about 400 households or roughly 2,000 individuals.

Anglo wants out of RP mine venture

Date of publication: 
11 November, 2008

MANILA – Anglo American wants to pull out from a gold and copper venture in southern Philippines due to resistance from the local government and residents, its partner Manila Mining said on Tuesday.

It is the second major mining project in the Philippines that the world’s fourth-largest diversified mining group is exiting from.

Tribes warn buying spree of mineral ores in Caraga Region lead to environmental catastrophe

By Ben Serrano, PNA -
Date of publication: 
12 November, 2007

BUTUAN CITY — Umbrella organizations under the federated Tribal
Coalition in Mindanao or TRICOM warned the government that buying spree
of Chinese traders from mainland China will lead to environmental
disaster if concerned government agencies continue sleeping on their jobs.

Aside from sponsoring application of large-scale mining permits, some
Chinese traders since last year come in hordes and visit different small
scale mining sites in the region in buying spree of copper, nickel,
manganese and other mineral ores to as low as P6.00 per kilo.

Gov’t urged to act on foreigners’ raid of RP’s minerals

Tribune -
Date of publication: 
12 November, 2007

Tribal groups have called on the government to act and address the
alleged raids of the mineral ores obtained in the Caraga Region in the
South by foreigners, warning that allowing such activities to go
unabated may lead to the depletion of the natural reserves and cause an
environmental disaster.

According to the umbrella organizations which united under the federated
Tribal Coalition in Mindanao (Tricom), aside from sponsoring
applications for large-scale mining activities in the region, a number
of foreigners, mostly Chinese traders from mainland China have been