Region 2

Noynoy vows probe of mining activities in Nueva Vizcaya

Charlie Lagasca, The Philippine Star -
Date of publication: 
26 April, 2010

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines – Liberal Party presidential bet Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has vowed to initiate an investigation into the illegal mining activities in the province if elected president.

Aquino said he has personally witnessed from above on a chopper during a campaign sortie how unfettered mining activities have left mountains in the province eroded.

“(We will seek) an investigation on this matter. It’s disturbing that the whole mountain top is almost gone,” he said.

Indigenous Groups Welcome Sen. Noynoy's Intent To Probe 'Illegal' Mining In Didipio

Date of publication: 
28 April, 2010

Indigenous groups and mining watchdog welcome Liberal Party presidential bet Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s pronouncement last April 26, 2010 that he will seek an investigation on the ‘illegal’ mining activities in the province if elected president. Likewise, the groups also raise a challenge to all those aspiring for national government post this election to look into the controversial Didipio mining project which has been the subject of opposition by Ifugao residents of the village, municipal and provincial local governments, catholic church and environmental organizations.

Water Warriors Press for Moratorium on Water Permits

Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC-KsK) -- Luzon Press Release
Date of publication: 
21 April, 2010

In line with the Global Earth Week celebration, Ifugao leaders of the province of Nueva Vizcaya and a 100-strong contingent of water advocates troop the National Water Regulatory Board (NWRB) in Quezon City to urge the regulatory board to freeze the issuance of water permits for mining projects that exacerbate water crisis and climate change, uphold peoples’ basic right to water, and address the proper management and conservation of our fresh water resources, primarily to secure community and agricultural use.

Metals Exploration secures environmental compliance certificate for Runruno gold-molybdenum project

Date of publication: 
15 March, 2010

Metals Exploration (AIM: MTL) has been awarded he Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the Runruno gold-molybdenum project on the island of Luzon in the northern Philippines following a positive evaluation of the project’s environmental impact statement by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

The ECC certified that the project has complied with all the requirements of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) system and will not cause significant negative environmental impact.

Dev't Aggression in N. Luzon Rising, Group Says

Northern Dispatch, Posted by -
Date of publication: 
20 March, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet —- Reports from people’s organizations all over Northern Luzon show an increasing trend in development aggression. This was culled from the provincial surveys of people’s opposition to the encroachment of big, foreign corporate businesses in people’s lands and water systems in the recently concluded 6th General Assembly of Katinnulong Daguiti Umili iti Amianan (Kaduami).

Kaduami is a service institution that aims to contribute to the development of communities in Northern Luzon.

Ifugaos Applaud CA Junking of OceanaGold Petition

Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center -- Luzon (LRC-KsK) Press Release
Date of publication: 
3 March, 2010

Indigenous Ifugaos of Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya are in a triumphant mood with the recent Court of Appeals’ resolution junking OceanaGold’s petition seeking to annul the Regional Trial Court Branch 30’s decision.

Last December 29, 2009, OceanaGold filed a petition for certiorari seeking to annul and set aside the order of Judge Panay denying the mining company’s motion to dismiss the case lodged at the Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya Regional Trial Court Branch 30.

Trial vs OceanaGold to hear alleged violations

Date of publication: 
25 February, 2010

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – A trial is expected to publicize alleged human rights violations committed by OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI), two years after the mining company reportedly demolished houses in a Didipio, Kasibu village in this province.

This was disclosed by Peter Duyapat, chairperson of Didipio Earth-Savers Multipurpose Association (Desama), which represents communities displaced by the mining company’s operations.

Environmentalists welcome SMC Laiban Dam project cancellation-Challenge presidential bets to totally abandon the project

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 March, 2010

Multisectoral alliance Network Opposed to Laiban Dam (NO to Laiban Dam) and environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment welcomed the decision of Metropolitan Water and Sewerage System (MWSS) to terminate its joint venture with Danding Cojuangco-owned San Miguel Corporation over the Laiban Dam Project.

“This is a tactical victory for the indigenous peoples, local communities and the groups who campaigned against the project.

Appointment of Pro-mining DENR Secretary sparks fear among Indigenous groups

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) Press Release
Date of publication: 
19 February, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), an advocacy group and people’s movement composed of more than eighty (80) organizations from mining-affected communities and civil society organizations nationwide, feared the appointment of longtime Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) director Horacio Ramos as the new Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary that will put indigenous groups at higher risk to mining impacts.
“Currently, there are 354 mining applications here in Palawan.

Royalco still obtains permits despite opposition

Ma. Elena Catajan -
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2010

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Elders of the Bakun-Aywanan people’s organization are restless after finding out their opposition for phase II and III mining exploration has gone to waste.

The people’s organizations continue to oppose Royalco’s exploration in their town.

Royalco is an Australian mining company in Gambang.

Elders went to the Provincial Capitol Monday to submit yet another protest to the project before going to the Commission on Human Rights and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB).