Region 5

‘Ruthless legacy’ - 7 activists killed in August

By Janess Ann J. Ellao, -
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2014

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.” – Karapatan

MANILA – There were almost two activists killed every week for the month of August, human rights and indigenous peoples group said. The suspected perpetrators were soldiers, paramilitary groups, death squads and an official of a palm oil company.

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.

From paradise to wasteland: Environmental destruction, rights violations abound in Bicol’s mining industry

Date of publication: 
11 October, 2012

“There is no truth to the claims of mining companies that they bring development and progress to the lives of the residents or to the local economy. They call a poisoned sea ‘progress’? They call beaches drying up and mountains levelled ‘progress’? And how could they say that they are helping residents when so many of us are jobless or underemployed?”

MANILA — Antonio Casitas is 74 years old and an enemy of irresponsible mining. In the Bicol Region, he is a recognized and respected peasant leader and environmental activist.

Visayan People's Declaration on Mining and the Ecology

Conference Statement, Sun Star
Date of publication: 
15 February, 2012

Scrap the Philippine Mining Act of 1995,
Enact the Philippine Mineral Resources Act of 2011!

WE, the PARTICIPANTS to the 1st Visayan Conference on Mining and Ecology, representing various organizations of farmers, indigenous people communities, women, urban poor, workers, service workers, students, professionals, the church, media, and business from the many islands of Visayas, conscious of our right to a balanced and healthy ecology in the spirit of precautionary principle and inter generational responsibility are deeply concerned.

Our economy is based on agriculture, forestry, fishe

More provinces considering restrictions on mining

Date of publication: 
7 April, 2011

THE PROVINCES of Zamboanga del Norte and Batangas are looking to pass restrictions on mining, approvals of which would add to a raft of hurdles for prospective investors.

A pro-environment wave appears to be sweeping local government units.

The proposals come on top of South Cotabato’s open pit mining ban, the implementing rules for which were signed last month, and existing mining moratoriums approved in other provinces nationwide.

In Zamboanga del Norte, proponents of an open pit mining ban claimed that two projects had led to water pollution and the destruction of agricultural la

Green groups seek end to mining in Zambales

Date of publication: 
5 May, 2010

Environmental groups have expressed their unconditional support to the demand of the people of Zambales for a stop to large-scale mining in the province.

More than 3,000 people gathered at the Provincial Capitol in Iba, Zambales Wednesday and denounced the entry of mining operations.

The protesters claimed mining destroys the remaining forest cover in Zambales and threatens the Negrito ancestral domains in the area aside from affecting agricultural and fisheries activities.

“The Zambalenos are crying loud against the aggressive entry or mining companies, such as Rusina Mining, Coto Mi

Facts on nation's environment speak louder than politicians' claims-- green groups

Kalikasan-PNE Press Statement
Date of publication: 
28 July, 2009

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources was quick to attack the assessment of environmental activists that environmental degradation and natural resource depletion aggravated during the term of President Arroyo.

'Mining policy affects human rights too'

Philippine Daily Inquirer, Letters To The Editor -
Date of publication: 
1 August, 2009

This is in reaction to the various reports on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s latest State of the Nation Address and the mining liberalization program upheld by her administration.

The Arroyo administration’s policy on mining has negatively affected not only the environment but also basic human rights and the right to public participation. Environmental safeguards remain hazy and watered down at best, while state protection for the rights of environmental and natural resource advocates remains noncommittal.

Mining for Answers in the Philippines

Reynard Loki, -
Date of publication: 
13 June, 2009

The Philippine mining industry is running rough-shod on indigenous people and the environment. For President Macapagal-Arroyo, it presents a great opportunity

The municipal government of Nueva Valencia in the Philippine island province of Guimaras last year passed a resolution opposing the proposed mining exploration by the Fil-Asian Strategic Resources and Properties Corporation. Environmental groups and Guimaras residents fear that the project will threaten the natural resources of the island, which is still recovering from a massive oil spill in 2006.

As mining operations resume in Rapu-Rapu, Albay: Probe on marine pollution from mining project starts anew

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
11 May, 2009

An ongoing fact-finding mission by environmentalists hopes to uncover and verify community reports of marine pollution and degradation caused by a controversial mining company operating in one of the Philippine’s richest marine habitats and diving sites.

The International Solidarity Mission (ISM) hopes to uncover anew fresh reports on the ground related to the resumption of mining operations by a Korean-owned firm in Rapu-Rapu Island, Albay, Philippines from May 10-13, 2009.

Bishops seek Pope’s help on Albay mining

Rey M. Nasol, Inquirer Southern Luzon
Date of publication: 
26 April, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines—Environment advocacy groups here have expressed support to the call for the intervention of Pope Benedict XVI in urging President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to revoke the permit of a foreign company conducting open-pit mining in Rapu-Rapu island in Albay.

The move was made in support also of the worldwide celebration of the Earth Day, the advocates said.

The Pangataman-Bikol (Bicol Center for Environmental Protection) and the Social Action Center of this city have started their new campaign in order to dramatize their sentiments against the mining activities in