Region 13

Indigenous peoples and environmental activists protest military bombing in Mindanao

Kalikasan Partylist press release
Date of publication: 
25 April, 2012

QUEZON CITY – Indigenous people’s leaders and human rights activists from Mindanao protested in front of the main office of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today in condemnation of the ongoing bombing and combat operations by military forces in their mining-affected communities.

The protesters noted that the aggressive entry and expansion of large-scale and foreign mining corporations in the CARAGA, Southern and Northern Mindanao Regions have caused widespread militarization and human rights violations in the mining-affected communities.

Agusan tribes hit mining mogul for violations

Date of publication: 
6 March, 2012

THE Municipal Tribal Council of Tubay, Agusan del Norte through their counsel Rose Beatrix Cruz-Angeles filed a complaint with the DENR against SR Metals, Inc., a large- scale mining firm owned by Caloocan Vice Mayor Edgar Erice, for violation of the Mining Act of 1995 and other environmental laws.

In a complaint addressed to DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, the tribal council sought the immediate issuance of an order suspending mining and quarrying operations in the firm’s mining site in La Fraternidad village, Tubay, Agusan del Norte because of the “imminent danger it poses and continues

Probe of mining firm linked to Erice eyed

Paul M. Gutierrez -
Date of publication: 
20 February, 2012

THE government, through the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, has formed a team together with scientists from the state-run University of the Philippines to look into the alleged environmental destruction and other violations purportedly committed by a mining firm in Agusan del Norte linked to Caloocan City Vice Mayor Edgar Erice.

MGB director Leo Jasareno said a “multi-disciplinary team” will be sent to Tubay, Agusan del Norte, where the SR Metals Inc.

Mining Conference Declaration: repeal Mining Act, enact new law, declare moratorium

Mindanao Declaration: repeal Mining Act, enact new law, declare moratorium

By Carolyn O.

Surigao small- scale miners face new roadblock; Mamanwas say their consent not sought

By Roel Catoto -
Date of publication: 
5 February, 2012

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 Feb) — Members of the Mamanwa tribe said they may not allow the creation of a “Minahan ng Bayan” or People’s Small-Scale Mining Area within their ancestral domain, claiming the planners did not seek their consent.

The Mamanwa tribe under the MAMASANSISU group, comprising 16 tribal communities, said the miners operating near the Parang-Parang watershed did not seek their Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

MAMASANSISU leaders said the operations of Nagkahiusang Gagmay’ng Minero (Nagami), occupy a portion of their claimed ancestral domain but Nagami

Leftist Rebels Attack Mining Firms In Southern Philippines

3 October 2011

DAVAO CITY (Philippines), (Bernama) — Some 200 leftist rebels attacked two mining firms in southern Philippines early on Monday, disarming guards and holding hostage several mining officials, police said.

The New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, disguised as policemen and driving trucks and a van, stormed the compound of Taganito Mining Corporation in Claver town in the southern province of Surigao del Norte at around 10 a.m., according to Superintendent Martin Gamba, spokesperson of Caraga regional police office.

“The rebels took away the firm’s resident manager, Mr.

2011 a fruitful year for anti-mining movement, group says

By Erwin Mascariñas -
Date of publication: 
9 December, 2011

BUTUAN CITY – An anti-mining group has claimed that this year has been a fruitful year for them and the rest of anti-mining movement in the country.

“Amidst the continued implementation of mining projects in almost every corner of the country, we have achieved significant advances in our struggle,” said Carl Cesar Rebuta, project development officer of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC-KsK).

In a telephone interview, the Cagayan de Oro-based anti-mining campaigner noted that South Cotabato has held on to its environment code that bans open pit m

Mining mercenaries proposal by AFP opposed by environmental activists

Kalikasan PNE Press Statement
Date of publication: 
12 October, 2011

The proposal between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the three Surigao del Norte mining firms recently punished by New People’s Army guerrillas to train and employ militias was lambasted today by environmental activists under the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment.

Two NCIP officials in Caraga Region suspended without pay for one year

Surigaonon Ako,
Date of publication: 
1 August, 2011

Following suspension order of the Office of the Ombudsman, National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) Chairperson Zenaida Brigida Pawid ordered the two NCIP officials of Caraga Region to vacate office, relieved their responsibilities as NCIP officers and turned over all official documents, properties, gadgets in their possession to proper officers.

In the July 7, 2011 Order of Implementation issued and signed by Pawid copy furnished to all concerns, Pawid identified the NCIP officials suspended for one year without pay as Jose “Jake” Dumagan, Jr.

NCIP orders probe on dialogue turned voting on entry of mining firm

Roel Catoto, MindaNews -
Date of publication: 
27 July, 2011

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/27 July) – The regional director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples has ordered an investigation into a supposed dialogue among Mamanwas in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte where the tribe members were instead told to vote on the entry of a mining firm, allegedly at the behest of an employee from the same government agency.

The dialogue was meant to settle differences among the Mamanwas who were divided over the application for exploration of Canadian-based Mindoro Resources Limited, but segued into a voting where those who favored the application prevailed,