Mines and Quarries

Large-scale mining to be banned in Kibungan, Benguet

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By Philippines News Agency, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/115886/large-scale-mining-to-be-banned-in-kibungan-benguet
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2015

MANILA — The House Committee on Natural Resources has given the green light to declare the municipality of Kibungan, Benguet a mining-free zone.

The House panel, chaired by Rep. Francisco T. Matugas, has approved and endorsed plenary passage of HB 5957, as contained in Committee Report 808, in substitution of the original HB 5475, principally authored by Rep. Ronald M.

Tampakan mines project still a go despite activist deaths, UN concern

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By Inday Espina Varona, ABS-CBNnews.com - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/08/04/15/tampakan-mines-project-still-go-despite-activist-deaths-un-concern
Date of publication: 
4 August, 2015

MANILA – Ten murders; local government opposition; environmental warnings; a United Nations official’s alarm over the displacement of thousands of rural folk — there’s no stopping the controversial Tampakan mines project in Central Mindanao.

South Cotabato Gov.

UN Special Rapporteur’s statement boosts call for pull-out of AFP troops in communities

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Karapatan Press Statement - http://www.karapatan.org/UN+Special+Rapporteur%E2%80%99s+statement+boosts+call+for+pull-out+of+AFP+troops+in+communities
Date of publication: 
3 August, 2015

Karapatan acknowledged the statement of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Dr.

President Aquino's mining endorsement result in attacks on IPs

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Christine Joice C. Cudis, http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/07/25/pnoys-mining-endorsement-result-attacks-ips-420961
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2015

GABRIELA Representative Luzviminda Ilagan has claimed in a statement that since President Benigno Aquino III’s endorsement of the large-scale mining operations in the Philippines, the attacks on Indigenous People transpired.

“The lumads want to go home but their lands have been transformed into killing fields under Aquino’s (President Benigno Aquino, III) five-year rule,” Ilagan said.

Ilagan’s statement came following the Philippine National Police’s reported violent acts on their attempt to forcibly send the lumad evacuees to their designated communities.

“Forcing lumads to go ba

Philippines: South Cotabato maintains ban on open pit mining

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By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/134358/philippines-south-cotabato-maintains-ban-on-open-pit-mining/
Date of publication: 
27 July, 2015

The provincial government of South Cotabato is holding its ground on its decision not to allow open pit mining in any part in the province, putting again on hold the future of Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI).

SMI owns the Tampakan Copper and Gold Project located in the mountainous area of Tampakan in South Cotabato.

In a resolution passed on July 21, the provincial board “reaffirmed the validity of Section 22 (B) of the Environment Code that prohibited the use of the open-pit mining method in mining activities” anywhere in South Cotabato.

The Provincial Environment Code was passed i

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

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

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

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

B’laan antimining leader arrested

Tribal warrior wanted for killings

Inquirer Mindanao – http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/706096/blaan-antimining-leader-arrested#ixz...

19 July 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—B’laan tribal leader and antimining activist Daguil Capion, who had eluded a massive manhunt by government forces for years after he was charged with banditry and murder, fell into the hands of police in Malungon, Sarangani.

Chief Insp.

Philippines: Sustainable development through community engagement

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By Cielo Magno - http://www.publishwhatyoupay.org/sustainable-development-through-community-engagement-the-case-for-the-sdgs/
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.

Philippines - Tribal people who sold mine lands lose money

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By: Melvin Gascon, Inquirer Northern Luzon - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/702688/300-who-sold-mine-lands-lose-p40m
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2015

300 who sold mine lands lose P40M

Tribal folk who got paid to allow mining duped in investment scam

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—At least 300 people have fallen victims to an investment scam, most of them members of the Ifugao tribe who had invested the proceeds of the sale of their land rights to a foreign-owned mining project in Kasibu town in Nueva Vizcaya province, the National Bureau of Investigation said.

The NBI has warned people against falling for the get-rich-quick schemes of a syndicate, whose members are operating in Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Ifugao and Benguet.

Lawyer

Glencore exit from Tampakan project a victory for the people

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Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
27 June, 2015

Anglo-Swiss mining firm sells it shares in South Cotabato mining project

Environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) hailed as a victory for the people’s movement the divestment of Anglo-Swiss mining giant Glencore from the $5.9 billion Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato, SOCSKSARGEN region.

“Glencore, potentially the largest mining project in the country to date, ultimately failed in the face of massive people’s resistance against foreign and large-scale mining.