Region 2

Environment says small scale mining threatening Vizcaya's world-class-cave

Source: 
PNA - http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?&sid=6 &pfn=316981
Date of publication: 
6 December, 2010

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – Small Scale mining if not regulated in Kasibu town will lead to the destruction of its world-class cave system, an environmental organization here warned Monday.

“Small scale mining which is rampant in barangays Didipio and Alimit in the municipality of Kasibu is more destructive than timber poaching and the Capissaan cave system is now under threat of losing its natural wonders,” said Teresita Acosta, executive director of the Friends of the Environment for Development and Sustainability (FRENDS).

In Barangays Didipio and Alimit which is within the Malab

Activists want CHR's report on probe of mining ‘abuses’ in Vizcaya

Source: 
FLORO TAGUINOD, GMANews.TV - http://www.gmanews.tv/story/204897/activists-want-chrs-report-on-probe-of-mining-abuses-in-vizcaya
Date of publication: 
2 November, 2010

SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela – Anti-mining activists in Nueva Vizcaya have urged the Commission on Human Rights to come up with the report of the investigation the agency conducted last year on human rights violations allegedly committed by a mining firm in the upland mining town of Kasibu.

Prompted by the death last week of a supposed victim of aggressive mining operations there, members of a group of an environmental activists are demanding the CHR to submit its report on its probe on the operations of the Australia-based OceanaGold Philippines’ (OGP).

The Didipio Earth Savers Multi-Purp

Philex, environment office to face charges over mine claims

Source: 
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/philex-environment-office-face-charges-over-mine-claims
Date of publication: 
7 October, 2010

ITOGON, Benguet — The National Power Corporation (NPC) brass is set to file civil and criminal cases against the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Philex Mining Inc.

NPC representatives Robert Lavina, senior watershed management specialist, lawyers Aries Lagmay and Wilfredo Ducusin appeared before the local council to brief aldermen of the status of violations of the mining company and inaction of the department its complaints.

Charges will be filed against officials of the DENR and the mining company.

Environmental groups dismayed over Aquino's performance on key environmental issues

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
7 October, 2010

Another sector gives the President Noynoy Aquino a failing mark.

Special Report: Dredging of Cagayan River, an ecological destruction cover-up—environmentalists

Source: 
http://cbcponlineradio.com/?p=1078
Date of publication: 
22 September, 2010

MANILA, —Dredging of the Cagayan River is a cover-up to large-scale magnetite mining in the valley, a group of environmentalists who conducted a fact-finding mission in the river last September 17 and 18, said.

The environmental investigation mission (EIM) covered the municipalities of Lallo, Aparri, Calamaniugan and Gonzaga, which are considered magnetite mining hotspots.

While the Provincial Government of Cagayan denies report of Chinese mining companies operating in the area, Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment national coordinator Clemente Bautista Jr.

People of Bakun call for the protection of ancestral domains

Source: 
Ana Fonoti Brown, Chain Reaction (FoE Australia magazine) #109
Date of publication: 
1 July, 2010

Australian mining company Royalco Resources Limited recently executed an options agreement with Brazilian mining giant Vale SA, for exploration and farming of copper opportunities in the northern Philippines district of Bakun. Indigenous peoples account for the majority of the district’s population.

Indigenous group Bakun Aywanan, or Defend and Nurture Bakun, has organised community resistance against large-scale mining in their municipality.

Crucial Days for Palawan "UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve" Before Newly Elected Government Takes Over

Source: 
ALDAW NETWORK
Date of publication: 
16 June, 2010

The so-called anti-mining “karaban rally” composed of about 600 protesters from farmers and indigenous communities reached Palawan capital city (the Philippines) on the 7th of June. The main scope of the peaceful effort was to request the Provincial Government not to endorse the proposed plans of MacroAsia and Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC), and to clarify matters on the Canadian-based MBMI mining company’s newly approved Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) application.

Nueva Vizcaya DENR chief suspended

Source: 
Charlie Lagasca, The Philippine Star - http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=585848&publicationSubCategoryId=67
Date of publication: 
20 June, 2010

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines — The provincial chief of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) found himself jobless for at least a month for alleged misconduct.

In an order, the Office of the Ombudsman has directed the DENR to implement the one-month suspension of forester Robert Apigo, provincial environment and natural resources officer, for allegedly attempting to facilitate the sale of forestland being occupied by residents in favor of a mining firm.

Will Noynoy be a 'green' president?"- Groups pose environmental challenges to incoming president Aquino

Source: 
Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 June, 2010

Progressive green groups challenged incoming President Noynoy Aquino to implement fundamental environmental reforms and actions in his first 100 days in office to reveal if he is indeed sincere in the protection and conservation of our environment and national patrimony.

The groups posed eight challenges a day before the 2010 World Environment Day, an international event that aims to heighten awareness and heighten political and public action on environmental.

Didipio Campaign Update: Indigenous Groups in the Philippines are Hoping New President-Elect Will Make Good on His Campaign

Source: 
http://www.culturalsurvival.org/news/philippines/didipio-campaign-update-indigenous-groups-philippines-are-hoping-new-president-elec
Date of publication: 
13 May, 2010

Indigenous groups in the Philippines are hoping that president-elect Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III will make good on his campaign promise to investigate illegal mining activities that affect Indigenous communities.