Corporate Responsibility

International People’s Conference on Mining 2015: A Call for International Solidarity against Destructive Mining

International People’s Conference on Mining 2015 (IPCM) press statement
Date of publication: 
21 July, 2015

Unified in addressing various people‚Äôs concerns on destructive mining across the globe, various environmental advocates, campaigners, and grassroots leaders worldwide will be launching the International People‚Äôs Conference on Mining 2015 (IPCM) in Quezon City, Philippines from July 30 to August 1, with the theme ‚ÄúHighlighting people‚Äôs lives and struggles in defense of rights, the environment and a common future: An international conference of mining communities and peoples.‚ÄĚ

The IPCM aims to stimulate international inquiry, individual and collective action, and multi-sectora

Philippines: Sustainable development through community engagement

By Cielo Magno -
Date of publication: 
9 July, 2015

Sustainable development through community engagement: the case for the SDGs

The mineral resources of many developing countries have been viewed as a potential capital that can finance initiatives for sustainable development. However, in the Philippines, mining has never been an agent of development. Instead the decades-long operations of large-scale mining companies in the country have not made any noticeable dent on the fiscal health of the country.

In fact, the overall contribution of mining to the economy is less than one percent of the Philippines’ GDP.

Suspension, investigation, compensation: green groups air demands to gov’t mining regulators

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
16 April, 2015

A plethora of grievances and demands regarding the operations of Australian large-scale miner OceanaGold were presented by environmental advocates and community leaders to Director Leo Jasareno and other head officials of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in a dialogue held yesterday at the MGB national office.

“The evidence is strong that OceanaGold’s Didipio Mine has caused much destruction to the environment, lives, and livelihood of the frontline grassroots and indigenous communities in Nueva Vizcaya suffering from the mine’s adverse impacts.

Temporary halt to Benguet Corp. operations urged

Giovani Joy Fontanilla -
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2015

ITOGON Mayor Victorio Palangdan wants Benguet Corporation’s operations temporarily suspended.

Palangdan is seeking for the issuance of an order for temporary suspension of the operation of the Benguet Corporation and its contractor ACMP Contractors in Itogon, Benguet from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-CAR.

In a letter dated March 5, 2015, the mayor raised the threats of danger brought about by Benguet Corp.‘s Tailings Storage Facility No.

No Rights, No Justice: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples affected by Corporate Activities

Date of publication: 
5 December, 2014

Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources in Asia are alarmingly and increasingly exploited and expropriated by Asian Governments and sold or provided to multi-national and transnational companies involved in the aggressive pursuit of neoliberal globalization.

Philippine Celebration of the World's Indigenous Peoples' Day highlights UNSRRIP

Tebtebba Foundation -
Date of publication: 
8 August, 2014

Quezon City, Philippines – In celebration of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Tebtebba organized on 8 August 2014 a National Consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli¬≠‚ÄźCorpuz in Quezon City, Philippines.

The national consultation was a very successful event since this brought together indigenous peoples representatives, government agencies and bodies, UN agencies, multilateral banks, the academe, religious, and NGOs. Almost a hundred participants listened to the Special Rapporteur share her vision, thrusts and priorities.

Philex’s P189 payout is just another PR gimmick

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) News Release
Date of publication: 
9 June, 2014

Not everyone is applauding Philex Mining Corporation’s payout of the P 188.6-M fine imposed by the Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB) for violating the Clean Water Act of 2004. The recent fine is in addition to the P 1.034 billion fine imposed by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to Philex for violating its Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC). These fines were imposed after a leak in Philex’s waste storage facility, Tailings Pond 3 (TP3), released 20 million metric tons of mine wastes in tributaries of the Agno River in Northern Luzon in August 2012.

The Philippines still a hotbed of opposition to Canadian mines, says priest

By James Munson -
Date of publication: 
27 October, 2013

When Canadian politicians began studying in earnest the ethical conduct of the extractive sector overseas as a foreign policy problem, one of the first countries they looked at was the Philippines.

In 2005, the House of Commons’ Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development held hearings on TVI Pacific Inc., a Calgary-based firm, and its Canatuan zinc and silver mine on the southern Filipino island of Mindanao.

The allegations ‚Äď which included disrespecting indigenous rights, damaging the environment and allowing violent crackdowns on dissenting locals ‚Äď were wrapp

The Real Cost of Gold in the Philippines

by John Cavanagh, Robin Broad -
Date of publication: 
13 September, 2013

We think of gold as a sign of prosperity, but the farmers and communities most affected by mining just want their rivers and land back.

“An engine of growth and prosperity,” announces the deep blue OceanaGold sign that greets us as we enter a small town in the northern Philippines. We’ve come a long and windy 12-hour drive through seven provinces from the Philippines’ capital city into the clouds of the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains.

Glencore Xstrata unit cuts budget for $5.9bn Philippine project

Reuters -
Date of publication: 
13 August, 2013

MANILA – A Glencore Xstrata Plc unit will eliminate as many as 920 jobs and cut the budget for its delayed $5.9 billion Tampakan copper-gold mine project in southern Philippines because it could not guarantee the start of production by 2019.

Sagittarius Mines Inc, which is 62.5 percent-owned by Glencore Xstrata, said it had revised the work plan as the Tampakan project still faces “substantial development challenges” including a ban on open-pit mining in South Cotabato province.

“Until these challenges are resolved it is not possible to determine when commercial production could commence