Region 2

Investigating mining pollution and plunder in Nueva Vizcaya

By Karl Begnotea, -
Date of publication: 
5 October, 2014

The abundant natural resources and biologically diverse ecosystems of the province of Nueva Vizcaya, known as the Watershed Haven of Cagayan Valley, are greatly imperiled by foreign large-scale mining and militarization.

I witnessed this environmental disaster slowly unfolding as part of an Environmental Investigative Mission (EIM) last April 2014, along with fellow scientists from the Advocates of Science & Technology for the People (AGHAM), and local environmental advocates from the Alyansa ng Nagkakaisang Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan (ANNVIK).

There are two transnational corporati

Philippine environmentalists, indigenous people protest OceanaGold mine for ‘deception, displacement, and destruction’

Kalikasan-PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
18 September, 2014

Environmental advocates and indigenous people held a picket protest today at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) calling for a stop to the large-scale gold and copper mining operations of Australian corporation OceanaGold, raising grave concerns on severe water pollution revealed in a recently concluded scientific investigation.

“The massive heavy metal contamination of the riverine ecosystems affected by the mining operations of OceanaGold is a serious environmental risk that continues to affect the basic needs and livelihoods of the grassroots communities in Nueva

UP forest advocates harassed, barred from tree planting in mining-affected area by mining security

Task Force-Justice for Environmental Defenders Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 June, 2014

‘Reforestation not allowed here,’ police said to environmentalists

Environmental advocates condemned today the security forces of a mining corporation in Nueva Vizcaya province for harassing students and professors from the University of the Philippines (UP) trekking to the mining-affected community of Sitio Bit-ang, Barangay Runruno.

“Forest advocates from UP who were on a tree-planting activity in Barangay Runruno were harassed by heavily armed security personnel of FCF Minerals Corporation and local policemen.

OceanaGold: Mining strike looms

By Melvin Gascon, Inquirer Northern Luzon -
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2014

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—An Australian company operating a gold-copper project in upland Kasibu town in Nueva Vizcaya province has alerted employees about an impending strike by members of a workers’ union over wages.

Brennan Lang, general manager of the Didipio project of OceanaGold Philippines Inc., said employees who are not members of the union would be asked to change their schedule or perform functions in anticipation of the vacuum that would be created by those who would join the picket line.

“All department heads have been tasked with developing contingency plans to maintai

Send the Aurora Free Port Zone project to the grave – farmers, fisherfolk

Date of publication: 
23 January, 2014

“The Apeco law, which established the freeport zone in the province, ushered a new era of land grabbing and plunder of natural resources to the detriment of the indigenous people, farmers and small fisherfolk in Casiguran, Aurora.

MANILA- Groups opposed to the controversial Aurora Pacific Economic and Free Port zone pressed members of the House of Representatives to start the debate and pass House Bill No.

CA ordered to hear Nueva Vizcaya residents' complaint vs mining firm

By Virgil B. Lopez -
Date of publication: 
2 December, 2013

THE Supreme Court (SC) recently ordered the Court of Appeals (CA) to hear the petition of some residents in Nueva Vizcaya to stop the operation of a mining company in the province for alleged abuses to the people and the environment.

In a two-page resolution dated November 12, the SC took note of the petition for writ of kalikasan, which aims to protect a person’s constitutional right to a balanced and healthful ecology.

The petitioners led by some members of the Runruno Landowners’ Association in Barangay Runruno, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya accused FCF Minerals Corp.

C.A. stops impounding of Oceanagold cargo in N. Vizcaya

Written by Joel R. San Juan -
Date of publication: 
1 December, 2013

THE Court of Appeals (CA) has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the provincial government of Nueva Vizcaya from seizing and impounding freight containers containing mining products of OceanaGold Philippines Inc.

In a six-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Victoria Isabel Paredes, the CA’s Fourteenth Division held that OceanaGold’s operations may be paralyzed if the provincial government is not prevented from confiscating its products.

The appellate court also directed the provincial government, specifically its Environment and Natural Resources Office (En

Striking gold – who benefits? Mining in the Philippines

Bantay Kita
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2013

Communities across the Philippines are not being given their say over whether extraction should take place. A lack of transparency and a lack of information mean they are not told of the negative consequences of mining, nor can they easily seek compensation once mining has started.

Bantay Kita, PWYP’s affiliated coalition in the Philippines, wants to change this.

Deputy Speaker seeks legal action vs mining firms for rights violations in Nueva Vizcaya

By: Philippine News Agency, -
Date of publication: 
28 September, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — House Deputy Speaker and Nueva Vizcaya Representative Carlos Padilla has sought immediate government legal action against three mining companies in his province that he accused of committing human rights violations with impunity.

“The residents of Nueva Vizcaya have suffered much and for a long time.

National fact-finding and solidarity mission on mining TNCs in Nueva Vizcaya unearths realities of poison, plunder

Defend Patrimony press release
Date of publication: 
21 September, 2013

National Fact-Finding and Solidarity Mission (NFSSM) led by Defend Patrimony alliance along with Alyansa ng Nakgkakaisang Vizcayanos para sa Kalikasan (ANVIK) have discovered a pandora’s box of ecological destruction and resource plunder across three big mining companies in Nueva Vizcaya province.