Mines and Quarries

20,000 signatures to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 sought

Source: 
Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) News Release
Date of publication: 
20 February, 2015

Scrap the Mining Act Network led by Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) is gathering 20,000 signatures to sign the petition for the repeal of Republic Act 8371 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.

In a forum held Friday in St.

Mining sector opposes 8 'mining-free' zones

Source: 
Pia Ranada - http://www.rappler.com/nation/84203-mining-free-zones-philippines
Date of publication: 
17 February, 2015

The Chamber of Mines says proposals to declare mining-free zones could limit the country’s potential for economic growth

MANILA, Philippines – Representatives from the mining sector expressed their reservations about the plan to declare 8 provinces as mining-free zones during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, February 17.

The hearing looked into 8 bills filed separately by 8 congressmen to declare their provinces and one district as off-limits to mining.

These areas are:

Cagayan de Oro City Catanduanes Nueva Vizcaya Eastern Samar Nueva Ecija Biliran

Banwaon datus: Mining interest leads to human rights violations

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Joint Press Release - http://www.rmp-nmr.org/articles/2015/02/02/banwaon-datus-mining-interest-leads-human-rights-violations
Date of publication: 
2 February, 2015

Around 207 Banwaon households became victims of human rights violations as recorded by Karapatan-Caraga due to the ceaseless military operations in four villages in San Luis, Agusan Del Sur, to pave way for the entry of mining companies in the area.

Two hundred families involving 969 individuals were forced to evacuate their community due to threats by paramilitary groups and elements of the 26th Infantry Battalion- 4th Infantry Division Philippine Army (26IB-4th ID PA) under Lt. Col. Rolando Dumawa.

Aussie-PH fact finding mission validates adverse impacts to communities affected by AU mining companies

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Joint press release
Date of publication: 
4 February, 2015

Environmental advocates and grassroots groups under the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) and the Defend Patrimony! Alliance (Defend Patrimony) co-organized a recently concluded fact-finding mission joined by local people’s movements and Australian solidarity groups.

Government told: Stop forcible entry of mining firms

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By Jigger J. Jerusalem - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/local-news/2015/01/30/government-told-stop-forcible-entry-mining-firms-389407
Date of publication: 
30 January, 2015

A TRIBAL group leader is pressing on the government to stop coercing the indigenous people (IP) of San Luis, Agusan del Sur to sign the document that would pave the way for the entry of mining companies, which he said could destroy not just the environment but the culture of the lumad communities.

Rogelio Plana, secretary-general of the lumad group Kalumbay, said Friday the Banwaon tribe members living in hinterland areas in San Luis are being pressured to sign the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).

The signing of the CADT, Plana said, would give mining firms the legitimate

Filipino and Australian advocates embarked on fact-finding mission to communities affected by Aussie mine firms

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Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
29 January, 2015

Seeking to validate the social and environmental conditions in various communities across the Philippines affected by Australian-owned large-scale mines, environmental and rights advocates from the Philippines and Australia have embarked on a fact-finding mission circuiting Bongmal District, South Cotabato and Kasibu Town, Nueva Vizcaya from January 28 to February 03, 2015.

“We aim not only to inspect the adverse impacts of Australian-owned mining to the environment, economy, society and culture of communities they affect, but to deliver our solidarity to the people’s righteous resistan

Environmentalists, locals troop to DENR to call for implementation of mine ban ordinance in Nueva Vizcaya

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
27 January, 2015

The environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) joined various groups from the Cagayan Valley region who trooped to the national office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today, calling for the immediate stoppage of large scale mining operations in Nueva Vizcaya.

This was after an environmental ordinance banning the use of open-pit mining in the province was recently passed.

Pope urged to back People's Mining bill

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By Ivy C. Tejano - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/01/16/pope-urged-back-peoples-mining-bill-386968
Date of publication: 
16 January, 2015

ENVIRONMENTALISTS are appealing to Pope Francisto support their call for the passage of the People’s Mining Bill in the wake of what they called “meaningless exploitation of mineral resources in the countryside.”

Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR) spokesperson Kim Gargar said House Bill 4315 or The People’s Mining Bill will help protect the forests destroyed by big mining corporations.

The bill will eventually lead to the nationalization of the mining industry and the changing of its export-oriented nature, Gargar said.

“In the spirit of pro-people religious stand, we hope that

Green groups, Catholic bishops urge Pope Francis to stand for ecology against large-scale mining

Source: 
Joint Press Release
Date of publication: 
14 January, 2015

Twenty-three environmental groups and four Catholic bishops appealed to Pope Francis to intervene on the issue of ecological devastation and human rights violations brought about by large-scale mining operations in the Philippines.

“We are appealing to Pope Francis and the Catholic Church to support the call of the Filipino people to stop large-scale mining plunder and destruction in the Philippines. The mining liberalization policy in the past two decades have led to the destruction of marine and freshwater ecosystems, denudation of forests, and displacement of peoples.

Philippines: Alsons takeover of Indophil okayed

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By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/129555/alsons-takeover-of-indophil-okayed/
Date of publication: 
6 January, 2015

Exploration firm Indophil Resources NL of Australia becomes a wholly Filipino-owned company effective January 13 when it begins de-listing from the Australian Stock Exchange following the approval of its sale to the Alsons Group in a stockholders meeting in December.

The deal, valued at AU$361 million (P14.3 billion) in cash, allows Alsons Prime Investment Corporation (APIC) to acquire 37.5 percent of Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) which owns the stalled US$5.9-B Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

Global mining and commodities giant Glencore International controls the rest of the 62.5 perc