Mines and Quarries

Genasque Enriquez, Lumad Leader from CARAGA Arrested with False Charges


22 August 2014

Mr. Genasque Enriquez, a Manobo leader, secretary-general of KASALO and Vice President of the KATRIBU Partylist was arrested today, 22 August 2014, at 1:00 pm after attending the press conference for the People’s Initiative in Surigao City. Enriquez was arrested by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police.using an alias warrant. He is currently being held at the Surigao City Hall under the custody of the CIDG.

The arrest of Mr.

SMI renews bid for $5.9bn mining project

By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/125933/philippines-smi-renews-bid-for-5-9bn-mining-project/
Date of publication: 
20 August, 2014

Despite government failure to address policy issues in the mining industry, Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) is still hopeful it will get the necessary permits and clearances needed to pursue its stalled Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

It is poised to conduct more rounds of consultations with stakeholders, including obtaining the consent of communities and local government units that will be affected by its multi-billion dollar project.

The Tampakan project straddles the Mindanao provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur and Sarangani in the Philippine covering more than

The Rock Hard Truth—Philippine Learning Tour raises concerns about mining-related human rights violations in the Zamboanga penin

KAIROS Press Statement - http://www.kairoscanada.org/sustainability/resource-extraction/press-statement-the-rock-hard-truth-philippine-learning-tour-raises-concerns-about-mining-related-human-rights-violations-in-the-zamboanga-peninsula/
Date of publication: 
6 August, 2014

We, the Canadian and Philippine delegates of the Philippine Learning Tour, have journeyed as partners to study and investigate the impact of Canadian mining operations in the Zamboanga peninsula.

4 mining firms suspended over ‘unsystematic’ methods

by Rappler.com - http://www.rappler.com/business/special-report/whymining/whymining-latest-stories/64247-4-mining-firms-suspended-unsystematic-methods
Date of publication: 
24 July, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has suspended the nickel mining operations of 4 mining firms in Central Luzon because of unsystematic methods.

Suspended were Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation, Benguet Corporation Nickel Mines Inc., Eramen Minerals Inc., and LNL Archipelago Minerals Inc.

Residents of Sta.

State of the Indigenous Peoples Address 2014

Statement from State of the Indigenous Peoples Address (SIPA) Meeting
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2014

Indigenous Peoples – For Truth, Justice, Peace & Equality!

We, the bae, datu, fulong, baylan, timuay, mantikadong, the indigenous leaders of indigenous communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, belonging to the different tribes of the B’laan, Higaonon, Kalanguya-Ifugao, Mansaka, Erumanen ne Menuvu, Erumanen ne Menuvu Kirinteken,Aeta-Abellen, Dumagat, Pala’wan, Subanen, Subanon, Ilongot, Manobo Matigsalog, Egongot (Ilongot) Bugkalot, Bukidnon, Manubo Blit, Teduray, Tagbanwa, Tasaday, Lambangi-an, Ybanag, Remontado, Aeta, Ayta, at T’boli-Ubo, together in solidarity with our friends

Zambo del Sur IPs call DENR for cancellation of 168 Ferrum MPSA

By Jong D. Cadion - http://pagadianfrontline.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/zambo-del-sur-ips-call-denr-for.html
Date of publication: 
14 July, 2014

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur (MPF News) —- The Subanen Indigenous Communities of Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur through their economic arm, Subanen Gataw Taasan Association Incorporated (SUGATAI), warned and cautioned government officials from closing their eyes to the violations committed by 168 Ferrum Pacific Mining Corporation (168 Ferrum), IPs Official said.

SUGATAI Chairman Timuay Carlito Dalangon said Monday calling the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J.P.

Kalinga tribe vs mining

Manila Bulletin - https://ph.news.yahoo.com/kalinga-tribe-vs-mining-174321511.html
Date of publication: 
5 July, 2014

Baguio City — Members of the Guinaang tribe of Pasil town in Kalinga and the group Indigenous Farmers of Guinaang, Pasil Inc.

Kalinga’s small-scale miners now employ mercury-free methods

Written by Marilou Guieb / Correspondent - http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/regions/34129-kalinga-s-small-scale-miners-now-employ-mercury-free-methods
Date of publication: 
20 June, 2014

SMALL-SCALE miners in the village of Ga-ang in Kalinga are now 95 percent operating without the use of mercury. This translates to the non-release of at least two tons of toxic mercury during the mining process.

This was disclosed by the environment group Ban Toxics (BT) as part of its three-year intervention from 2011 to 2014 in Kalinga, a province of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), to use Mercury-free methods in processing gold.

The activity is part of BT’s Elimination of Mercury in Artisanal Small-Scale Mining (ASGM) Program.

Citinickel and Philex: latest cases of impunity in big mines

Letter to the editor from Kalikasan-PNE
Date of publication: 
18 June, 2014

Two recent incidents involving large-scale mines reminded us once again of the impunity of destructive big mining projects in the Philippines.

The first is instructive of why large-scale miners are a long-standing bane to the Philippine environment.

MGB suspends nickel-mining company over silt spill in Palawan town

Written by Jonathan L. Mayuga - http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/economy/33720-mgb-suspends-nickel-mining-company-over-silt-spill-in-palawan-town
Date of publication: 
12 June, 2014

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has suspended the operation of Citinickel Mines and Development Corp.