Mines and Quarries

Ruling on Lepanto permit

By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/05/24/ruling-lepanto-permit-409265
Date of publication: 
24 May, 2015

THE government cannot shut down Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation’s gold mining operations in Benguet while a court case is pending, a mining official has admitted.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau is insisting that Lepanto cannot operate because its mining contract in Benguet expired in March.

But the mining firm contested the MGB order before a Makati City court and the court ruled that Lepanto can continue its operations until dispute over the renewal of its contract is resolved by an arbitration council.

“We cannot do anyt

Lumad, rights groups mount fact-finding mission on disappearance of Manobo activist

By Dennis Arcon, http://www.interaksyon.com/article/110883/lumad-rights-groups-mount-fact-finding-mission-on-disappearance-of-manobo-activist
Date of publication: 
21 May, 2015

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Indigenous peoples’ and human rights groups have mounted a fact-finding mission to investigate the disappearance of a Manobo activist who was last seen in the company of militiamen guarding a private firm’s compound in the hinterlands of Lebak town, Sultant Kudarat.

Jerom Succor Aba, spokesman of Kawagib, or the Alliance for the Advancement of Moro Human Rights and one of the organizers, said the fact-finding mission began Wednesday and will end on Friday in Sitio Salabantaran, Barangay Salansang where John Calaba, 28, the missing public information off

Manobo activist disappeared while with Consunji company guards, feared dead

News Release - http://karapatan.org/Manobo+activist+disappeared
Date of publication: 
15 May, 2015

An officer of organization Kisasabanay Dulangan Manobo (KIDUMA) was invited inside the Consunji compound in Brgy.

Subanen leader decries govt inaction vs 'rampant' illegal mining in Zamboanga del Sur

Philippine News Agency - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/110107/subanen-leader-decries-govt-inaction-vs-rampant-illegal-mining-in-zamboanga-del-sur
Date of publication: 
7 May, 2015

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — A chieftain of the Subanen tribe expressed alarm over what he called the rampant intrusion of illegal miners within their ancestral domain in Pagadian City and the nearby towns of Sominot and Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur as he accused government agencies of inaction.

Timuay Langhap Rio Olipio Lingating said there has been no response to a resolution they had passed addressed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and other concerned agencies into their territor

Mining Companies in Philippines Face Many Travails

By Trefor Moss, Wall Street Journal - http://www.wsj.com/articles/mining-companies-in-philippines-face-many-travails-1431467078
Date of publication: 
12 May, 2015

Red tape, opposition from indigenous people mar efforts to fulfill country’s mining potential

On the island of Mindoro in the Philippines, a tribe contemplates the impact a proposed nickel mine will have on its way of life.

MINDORO, The Philippines—The island’s name means “gold mine” in Spanish, but it was nickel that was ultimately found in the mountains of Mindoro two decades ago.

Since then, like so many Philippine mining ventures, the proposed Mindoro Nickel project roughly 100 miles south of Manila has struggled to break ground because of onerous red tape and opposi

Davao City large-scale mining ban, hailed as 'people's victory'

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
8 May, 2015

Environmental groups hailed as a ‘people’s victory’ the Davao City Council’s recently passed resolution prohibiting large-scale mining operations in its areas, but said there are still vulnerabilities in the policy that communities must vigilantly keep in check.

“The Davao City mining ban is a fruit of the people’s tireless struggles to oppose destructive large-scale mining projects, but its punitive fines are too miniscule to effectively discourage violators.

Court of Appeals upholds NCIP, thumbs down MacroAsia’s Palawan mining bid

by Leonard Postrado - http://www.mb.com.ph/court-of-appeals-upholds-ncip-thumbs-down-microasias-palawan-mining-bid/#GEXQZrm2kVUgpMvo.99
Date of publication: 
4 May, 2015

The Court of Appeals (CA) has thumbed down the bid of Lucio Tan-owned MacroAsia Corporation to conduct mining operation covering 1,113.98 hectares located at Sitio Linao, Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

In an 18-page decision penned by Associate Justice Danton Bueser, the CA’s Special Sixteenth Division upheld the validity of the resolution issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) denying MacroAsia’s application for issuance of a certification precondition necessary for the latter to proceed with the extraction activities at Brooke’s Point.

The appellate court agr

300 activists launch anti-mining caravan to Malacanang from Zambales

By Mahatma V. Datu, Philippines News Agency - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/109717/300-activists-launch-anti-mining-caravan-to-malacanang-from-zambales
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2015

STA. CRUZ, Zambales – Some 300 environmental activists headed by the Zambales-based people’s organization Concerned Citizens of Sta.

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.

Mindoro Nickel ECC Reinstated: A Betrayal to Mindoro

ATM/ALAMIN/NASSA Statement on Reinstatement of Intex ECC
Date of publication: 
14 April, 2015

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), a coalition of more than a hundred environmental advocates and organizations along with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA) and Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN), a Mindoro-based people’s organization against mining, express their frustration and utmost disappointment with the reinstatement of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) of Intex Resources’ Mindoro Nickel Project.

In November 2009, hopes rose for the people of Mindoro when the DENR temporarily revoked Intex’s ECC due to anomalies