Dams and Water

Philex suspends operations at Benguet mine after tunnel gets flooded

Date of publication: 
3 August, 2012

Philex Mining Corp. suspended operations at its Padcal Mine site in Benguet after heavy rains from tropical depression Ferdie and Typhoon Gener flooded an underground tunnel, the company disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange Friday.

Philex shares dropped 7.59 percent to P20.12 at the end of Friday’s session following the announcement.

Philippines urged to stop killings of mining foes

Agence France-Presse - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/230775/philippines-urged-to-stop-killings-of-mining-foes
Date of publication: 
18 July, 2012

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino should move to stop the killings of anti-mining activists as the Philippines pushes to revitalize the mining sector, a global rights body has said.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had documented three cases since October last year of three anti-mining and environmental activists allegedly killed by paramilitary forces who may have links to the military.

The victims had opposed mining activities that could displace tribal communities as well as destroy their communities, it said in a statement Tuesday.

“President (Benigno) Aquin

Formal complaint about UK Government mining policy in the Philippines

Working Group on Mining in the Philippines
Date of publication: 
3 July, 2012

Right Honourable David Cameron MP
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA

3rd July 2012

Dear Prime Minister,

Commendably, you have recently emphasised that UK-registered companies must act responsibly when working overseas. We also note that you received a visit from the President Ninoy Aquino of the Philippines, earlier this month.

Farmers, Fisherfolks File Petition For Environmental Protection Order Against Mining

Date of publication: 
27 June, 2012

Farmers and fisher folks in Leyte went to court and filed an application for Temporary Environmental Protection Order (EPO) to stop the mining operation of Nicua Corporation in prime agricultural lands of Villa Imelda and adjacent barangays in MacArthur Leyte.

The plaintiffs led by Jesus Cabias, president of Unahin Lagi Natin ang Diyos – Bito Lake Fisherfolks Association (UNLAD-BLFA) and supported by Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), assert their right to a healthy and safe environment against the destructive effects of mining in their farmlands and lake.

“Water is life a

Mines Bureau: Chinese miner Nicua may have caused fish-kill in Leyte

Date of publication: 
14 June, 2012

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Leo Jasareno said Thursday that Nicua Mining Corporation, which is currently being investigated by the bureau for allegedly causing a fish-kill incident in Lake Bito in Leyte province as well as converting farmlands into a mining site without authorization, is a responsible miner and if it did cause the fish-kill, it may have done so accidentally.

“But nevertheless, the company has to answer for the disaster they may have caused,” Jasareno added.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau, or MGB, launched an investigation two weeks ago, the results of whi

Surigao del Sur residents stage mining rallies: Bishop leads anti; Ex-Gov leads pro

Mindanews - http://www.mindanews.com/environment/2012/04/29/surigao-del-sur-residents-stage-mining-rallies-bishop-leads-anti-ex-gov-leads-pro/
Date of publication: 
29 April, 2012

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/28 April) – Residents supporting and opposing mining in the province held separate rallies Saturday, the former led by Carrascal mayor and former Governor Vicente Pimentel, the latter led by Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar.

Odchimar, former president of the Catholic Bishop Church in the Philippines (CBCP) said he did not need to speak after seeing at least 4,000 residents from various towns gather in response to his and environmentalists’ call for an “all-out protest” against mining and to take a stand for mother earth.

Thousands more of repres

Cordillera Day 2012 Central Statement

Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Date of publication: 
24 April, 2012

Ilaban ti Daga, Biag ken Karbengan!
Fight for Our Land, Life and Rights!

We mark Cordillera Day 2012 with a rallying call to fight for our ancestral lands, our lives and human rights through a week of protest activities and celebrations of indigenous peoples’ struggles in Apayao, Abra, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao, the Mountain Province and Baguio City. On this 28th Cordillera Day, let our protests echo with renewed vigor and commitment to defend our ancestral lands against development aggression. Let us strengthen and sustain our protests in the communities, town centers and urban areas.

International organisations respond to Chamber of Mines and Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Statement on behalf of MiningWatch Canada, Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) and the Working Group on Mining in the Philippines
Date of publication: 
13 February, 2012

We are writing, as concerned international organisations, in response to press adverts and statements by the mining industry and their supporters regarding the ‘leaked' draft Executive Order on mining (apparently titled "Institutionalizing and Implementing Reforms in the Philippine Mining Sector, Providing Policies and Guidelines, and for Other Purposes).

Senator to monitor representation of indigenous peoples in LGUs

Date of publication: 
28 September, 2011

SENATOR Loren Legarda, who chairs the Senate committee on cultural communities, has vowed to check on the implementation of a law that gives representatives of indigenous peoples (IP) a seat on local government boards.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (Ipra), passed in 1997, upholds the right of IPs “to participate fully, if they so choose, at all levels of decision-making in matters which may affect their rights, lives and destinies.”

Under the law, IPs get mandatory representation in “policy-making bodies and other local legislative councils.”

The Local Government department has a

Tampakan mining project feared to repeat ‘Sendong’ tragedy

By Bong S. Sarmiento - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2011/12/25/tampakan-mining-project-feared-to-repeat-%E2%80%98sendong%E2%80%99-tragedy/
Date of publication: 
25 December, 2011

MANILA (MindaNews/24 December) — The devastating flash floods that struck Northern Mindanao and killed at least 1,100 residents on December 17 can be repeated” in Southwestern Mindanao if the large-scale Tampakan copper-gold project of Sagittarius Mines, Inc.