Farming and Fishing

Harassment continues in palm oil plantation in Mindanao

Joint media advisory
Date of publication: 
29 June, 2012

Manila, Philippines – Residents of Bagocboc and Tingalan in Misamis Oriental, Mindanao, particularly those affiliated with Pangalasag – a local organisation of indigenous Higaonons which has been very vocal against the establishment and expansion of a palm oil plantation in their area, continue to face injustice at the hands of the government authorities.

Pangalasag members reported that local police force have warned them of being prosecuted if they join any actions against A Brown Company, Inc. – the company behind the palm oil plantation in Opol.

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

Farmers oppose open-pit copper-gold mine in Davao Sur

By Kristine L. Alave - Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
27 May, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — A battle between farmers and Sagittarius Mines, the operator of the copper-gold mine set to open in southern Mindanao in 2016, is looming over water resources in the lush, mineral-rich province of Davao del Sur.

Farmers and an irrigators’ association in Davao del Sur and Davao City have asked the Aquino administration to stop the $6-billion open pit mine project, saying it would destroy the watershed that feeds into 13,000 hectares of mostly-rice farmlands downstream.

The complaint of the farmers was confirmed by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who w

Palm oil plantation in Misamis Oriental has no right to occupy indigenous lands

Rural Missionaries of the Philippines - Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR)
Date of publication: 
12 May, 2012

Palm oil plantation in Misamis Oriental has no right to occupy indigenous lands, IFFM says

An International Fact-Finding Mission (IFFM) on the landgrabbing of indigenous peoples’ lands in Opol, Misamis Oriental in Southern Philippines today confirmed that A. Brown Company, Inc.

SC urged to stop Altamina’s black sand mining in Ilocos, Pangasinan

Date of publication: 
4 May, 2012

LAWMAKERS HAVE asked the Supreme Court to stop the mining activities of Altamina Exploration and Resources, Inc. in the coastal areas of Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan in a filing that also implicates President Benigno S.C.

Environment department’s order elates farmers

Date of publication: 
3 May, 2012

FARMERS belonging to the Talaandig indigenous community thanked the Environment department for ordering the management of the 480-hectare Villalon Ranch in Maramag, Bukidnon to stop intruding into areas they cultivate.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje issued an order on April 30 that compelled the ranch management to quit harassing the indigenous farmers.

However, members of the Panalsalan Dagumbaan Tribal Association Inc.

Forced evacuation, militarization raised before EU a month before Philippine UPR

Karapatan Press release
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2012

Bakwit communities demand: We want to return home to our land

A month before the Philippine government undergoes the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Karapatan, with representatives from the evacuees in Caraga and Bukidnon, raised the issue of internally displaced persons or internal refugees before the diplomatic missions of the European Union, Spain, France, and Netherlands to the Philippines.

Cristina Palabay, Karapatan spokesperson said that, “the European Union representatives are aware that the Philippines will go through the sec

Bloody agrarian unrest in Bukidnon yet again

Rural Missionaries of the Philippines - Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR)
Date of publication: 
30 March, 2012

300 Manobos Asserting their Right to their Ancestral Lands Fired at by Guards of Montalvan Ranch

Security guards of the ranch of Pablo Lorenzo, Jr., headed by Joy Pedutche, a former member of the Philippine Army, fired at Manobo families who were trying to reclaim their ancestral land on March 28.

They said that as early as 5:00 in the morning, there were already armed guards monitoring them. Pedutche was carrying an M16, another guard was carrying an M14, another a garan, while another two held shotguns.

Mining share to GDP in past decade “very modest,” MGB stats reveal

Stsatements, ABS-CBN et al
Date of publication: 
5 March, 2012

‘Mining a social justice issue’

By Christian S. Monsod –

3 March 2012

The mineral wealth of our country, as the mining industry reminds us, is “staggering” – about $840 billion. Its potential to contribute to our country’s development cannot be discounted. While mining has never been a driver of our development, not even during the mining boom of the seventies, we are here to find out if there is a way to realize that potential.