Dams and Water

FOEI Calls on Philippine Government to take action on extrajudicial killings

Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), in solidarity with all its member countries and community partners, call on the Philippine government to take action against the extrajudicial killings of environmental activists and indigenous peoples in the Philippines.


10 November 2012

Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), in solidarity with all its member countries and community partners, call on the Philippine government to take action against the extrajudicial killings of environmental activists and indigenous peoples in the Philippines.

Itogon mayor, councilors condemn mine firm

By Rubyloida Bitog - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/10/28/itogon-mayor-councilors-condemn-mine-firm-250225
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2012

ITOGON, Benguet — Officials disapproved Benguet Corporation’s opposition on applications for free patent titles of the indigenous peoples (IPs) of the municipality.

Legislative council’s presiding officer, Vice Mayor Noel Ngolob, said Benguet Corporation’s opposition has no basis.

Councilor Gerard Cornel said the claim of the IPs, who are mostly senior citizens, is valid.

Mayor Oscar Camantiles also said the claim of the IPs has basis.

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

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/10/11/from-paradise-to-wasteland-environmental-destruction-rights-violations-abound-in-bicols-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.

CSOs release results of independent investigation on Philex’s tailings spill

NASSA & CCCP press release
Date of publication: 
2 October, 2012

On September 16-17, 2012, a fact-finding mission team, lead by the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-NASSA) and the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) together with representatives from Philippine-Misereor Partnership and its Northern Luzon Cluster, Caritas Baguio, Cordillera People’s Alliance, Peace Foundation, Pambansang Kaisahan ng mga Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Katribu Indigenous Peoples’ Partylist, and Community Volunteer Missioners, conducted an independent investigation on the reported mining tailings leak

Investigate Philex dam collapse - indigenous peoples

Date of publication: 
13 September, 2012

BAGUIO CITY — Indigenous peoples and environment watchdogs in the Cordillera today urged an independent environmental investigation mission (EIM) saying that Philex Mining Company’s tailings pond 3 (TP3) collapsed, not just leaked, as company earlier alleged.

Katribu Indigenous People’s Partylist, Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and Amianan Salakniban in a press conference said the EIM on Philex TP3 would evaluate the damages that the collapse of dam crest has caused from August 1-30 and should come up with recommendations that would best address the issue.

In earlier pronouncements,

Water in Surigao, Palawan mining communities contaminated - NGO

By: Erwin Mascarinas, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/business/42651/water-contamination-found-in-surigao-palawan-mining-communities
Date of publication: 
9 September, 2012

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – A Japanese non-government organization said the results of its study in two mines and a processing plant operated by Nickel Asia Corp.

Philex unable to ensure safety of its mines in Benguet, must be shut down

Defend Patrimony Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 September, 2012

Another discharge of mine tailings from Tailings Pond No.

‘Philex’s unstable tailings dam shatters myth of responsible mining’

By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/08/22/%E2%80%98philex%E2%80%99s-unstable-tailings-dam-shatters-myth-of-responsible-mining%E2%80%99/
Date of publication: 
22 August, 2012

Philex has reportedly been filling its tailings ponds to way over its capacity, doing only “mitigating measures” against likely spills, and ignoring the pond’s ending lifespan.

MANILA – Residents of Benguet province and all communities downriver of Agno and San Roque dam continue to live in danger from the accumulated toxic wastes of Philex Mining Corporation. Although Philex has shut down since Aug.

Lumad woes highlighted on World Indigenous Peoples’ Day

By DANILDA L. FUSILERO, Davao Today - http://davaotoday.com/main/2012/08/09/lumad-woes-highlighted-on-world-indigenous-peoples-day/
Date of publication: 
9 August, 2012

The Mindanao Lumad Alliance, Kalumaran, urges Aquino to “put an end to the killings, abuses, and military recruitment of Lumad paramilitaries in our communities that failed to bring peace and development” as it called to “stop this deception that mines, dams, and agribusiness will bring in development.”


KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Philippines — August 9 marks United Nations (UN) Declaration of the World Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but Lumad groups said their communities are threatened from displacement due to ‘development’ projects and military operations.

Philex Mining says wastewater overflow stopped, Padcal mine stays closed

Date of publication: 
6 August, 2012

Philex Mining Corp.