Region 9

Lawmaker, activists blamed unbridled logging, mining in Mindanao pre-Xmas tragedy

By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Franklin Roosevelt Dimaguiba -
Date of publication: 
17 December, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – A member of the Philippine parliament and an activist fisherfolk federation on Sunday blamed the unbridled large-scale mining and logging activities in Northern Mindanao region behind the pre-Christmas environmental tragedy that sent scores of ordinary people killed and hundreds missing.

Despite, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III order last February to halt all logging and mining operations in the region, local government officials closed to Malacanang, big mining and logging firms and their protectors in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were very enterprisi

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

Zamboanga del Sur execs assail use of tribe by mining firm

Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
7 September, 2011

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Zamboanga del Sur Gov.

Solon hails SC ruling against Zamboanga peninsula mining

Date of publication: 
8 September, 2011


Bishop, Clergy and Lay Faithful Hold a Prayer Reflection in a Mining Site in Dabiak, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte

DIOPIM Committee on Mining Issues (DCMI) Press Release
Date of publication: 
13 September, 2011

The bishop of Dipolog, Most Rev. Jose R. Manguiran, D.D., together with his priest from the Vicariate of St. Francis Xavier and some one hundred eleven (111) lay faithful hold a prayer-reflection for the Care of Creation at the mining sites of New Dapitan and Dabiak, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte last 08 September 2011, just in time to celebrate also the birthday of our Blessed Mother.

New open pit mining ban another hurdle for sector

Date of publication: 
2 November, 2011

MINERS ARE BRACING for the implementation of an ordinance banning open-pit operations in Zamboanga del Norte, with TVI Resource Development (Philippines) Inc. (TVIRD) set to question the directive and Philex Mining Corp.

DENR has no power to issue special mining permits - DOJ

By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) -
Date of publication: 
10 October, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has no authority to grant special mining permits, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has said.

In a five-page legal opinion released last Friday, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the power to issue permits to mining firms lies solely on the director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB).

De Lima’s position opposed that of Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, who earlier upheld the Special Ore Extraction Permit (SOEP) awarded by his predecessor, former secretary Lito Atienza Jr., to Lupa

Green Groups Laud SC Resolution Banning Mining In Zambopen

Date of publication: 
31 August, 2011

Hits MGB and says “no go zones” for mining must be established

Quezon City—Groups commend the Supreme Court en banc decision and issuance of writ of kalikasan to ban mining in Zamboanga Peninsula, last August 16.

“This was a quick and positive response from the High Court.

Mining dispute now a war between retired generals

Julie Alipala, Tito Fiel, Inquirer Mindanao -
Date of publication: 
28 July, 2011

PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines—A dispute between two mining companies in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, appears to have developed into a war between two retired generals.

On Tuesday, retired Brigadier General Alexander Yapching sued retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr.

Submission to the UN on Indigenous Peoples from PGB, Philippines

Office of the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples
Date of publication: 
22 July, 2011

I, Timuay Lucenio M.