Region 9

MGB shuts down mining operations in Zamboanga del Sur town

Source: 
Tito N. Fiel, Inquirer Mindanao - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20110417-331695/MGB-shuts-down-mining-operations-in-Zamboanga-del-Sur-town
Date of publication: 
17 April, 2011

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines—The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Mindanao closed down, on Friday morning, the mining operation of a local firm here.

The DENR ordered the closure of Glupa Pegitawan Mining Corporation for failure to comply with several requirements provided by the Republic Act 7942 or the Mining Law of 1995.

Albert Johann Jacildo, MGB regional director, signed the closure order implemented by a team composed of local government workers, the police and DENR employees.

The team also con

TVIRD opponent shot dead in Siocon; firm says guard acted in ‘self-defense’

Source: 
Violeta M. Gloria - http://mindanews.com/main/2011/03/09/tvird-opponent-shot-dead-in-siocon-firm-says-guard-acted-in-%E2%80%98self-defense%E2%80%99/
Date of publication: 
9 March, 2011

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/08 March) — A small-scale miner in Mount Canatuan of Siocon town, Zamboanga del Norte was gunned down 12:30 p.m.

Mining firm told to cease activities in Zamboanga del Sur town

Source: 
http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20110322024728
Date of publication: 
22 March, 2011

ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Mar.

Saving the Forests and the Creation

Source: 
http://www.preda.org/main/archives/2011/r11021601.html
Date of publication: 
16 February, 2011

There are inspiring, wonderfully brave people who are risking their lives to protect the land, hills, forests, rivers and streams from the loggers, mining companies and tree cutters in the Philippines. A few weeks ago, I mentioned the courageous people of Midsalip in Mindanao and the Columban Missionaries standing with them in prayer and trust.

Environmentalists call for wider ban on mining

Source: 
http://www.cathnewsindia.com/2011/01/28/environmentalists-call-for-wider-ban-on-mining/
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2011

Philippine environmental groups are urging local governments across the country to follow the lead of the southern province of South Cotabato and enact laws banning open-pit mining.

Daniel Castillo, a representative of the Church-based Committee on Mining Issues, said a localized mining ban is a viable countermeasure against a central government mining code of practice which anti-mining activists say favors companies investing in mineral extraction projects.

An environmentalist organization in Cagayan de Oro earlier praised lawmakers in Zamboanga Del Norte province for considering an ord

Lumads ask Bayog officials to name mining firms with conflicting claims

Source: 
Violeta M. Gloria - http://mindanews.com/main/2011/01/29/lumads-ask-bayog-officials-to-name-mining-firms-with-conflicting-claims/
Date of publication: 
29 January, 2011

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur (MindaNews/28 January) — Indigenous communities here have asked the local government to reveal the identities of companies that have conflicting mining claims in this town.

Timuay Lucenio Manda, barangay chairperson of Conacon, raised the question after municipal officials said that aside from failing to comply with legal requirements, some companies have conflicting mining claims that cover portions of the Lumads’ 30,000-hectare ancestral domain.

In a mining forum here Wednesday town officials warned they would declare various mining companies illegal for al

Postcard campaign to protect the people of Midsalip

Source: 
Working Group on Mining in the Philippines
Date of publication: 
1 February, 2011

The following pdf attachments are campaign postcards that have been created to support the Subaanen people of Midsalip, who are facing threats to their land and livelihoods from mining companies (see other articles on this site for more background).

Dear Mr President,

We support the cancellation of all exploration and mining permits for open-pit mineral extraction in the critical watersheds of the Mt Sugarloaf Key Biodiversity Area (No.

Zamboanga Norte to ban open-pit mining

Source: 
Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20110123-316169/Zamboanga-Norte-to-ban-open-pit-mining
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2011

DIPOLOG CITY, Philippines – Mineral-rich Zamboanga del Norte is poised to follow in the footsteps of South Cotabato in banning open-pit and open-cut land surface mining.

The move comes amid disagreement between the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and South Cotabato officials over the validity of a local law that curtails a vested right granted by the national government, such as minerals extraction.

Zamboanga del Norte legislators are sprucing up provisions of a proposed ordinance “protecting and conserving the integrity of the land and water resources.”

A

Village chief opposed to illegal mining shot in Zambo City

Source: 
Mindanews, http://mindanews.com/main/2011/01/23/village-chief-opposed-to-illegal-mining-shot-in-zambo-city/
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2011

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 January) — A barangay chairman who is said to be vocal against the illegal small-scale mining activities in his village was reported to be in critical condition after he was shot early Friday.

City police director Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo said the incident took place shortly after 6 a.m. Friday in Sitio Mantayabas, Barangay Baluno.

De Ocampo identified the victim as Felix Custodio, barangay chairman of Baluno.

Manifesto on mining in Zamboanga Peninsula

Source: 
ZAMPEN Manifesto
Date of publication: 
24 November, 2010

WE, the 80 delegates to the ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE (ZAMPEN) coming from all walks of life in the Provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte,

COGNIZANT to the fact that an overwhelming majority of the people in the peninsula are dependent on agriculture, fisheries and forestry whose livelihoods could be impacted by mining;

AWARE that as of the end of 2008, an estimated 45.25 percent or a total of 703,598 hectares of the Zamboanga Peninsula’s total land area of 1,554,865 hectares has been applied by