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Activists protest killing of biodiversity conservationist, 14th environmentalist killed under PNoy

Activists protest killing of biodiversity conservationist, 14th environmentalist killed under PNoy

Kalikasan PNE Press Release

17 May 2012

QUEZON CITY – Ecologists and activists today staged a condemnation rally at the Department of National Defense in response to the recent string of killings of environmental advocates.

WWF launches book on Palawan indigenous group

Date of publication: 
19 March, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines on Thursday launched a book on the conservation strategies for nature of an indigenous group in Northern Palawan.

“The Tagbanua of Malampaya Sound” chronicles the lives of the Tagbanua indigenous people and their stewardship efforts to preserve the natural beauty of Malampaya Sound.

Noting the thousand-year pristine state of the Tagbanua’s forests, rivers and coasts, author Dr.

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.

Irresponsible mining behind Palawan river contamination— environmental activist groups

Kalikasan-PNE Press Statement
Date of publication: 
22 February, 2012

Nickel mining operations in Palawan Island have already contaminated a nearby river system with unsafe levels of carcinogenic or cancer-causing chemicals, Filipino and Japanese environmental groups today revealed.

At a press conference earlier this morning in Quezon City, environmental activists from Friends of the Earth Japan (FoE-Japan) and the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) presented findings from an environmental field research study conducted in a river located downstream near the Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation’s (RTNMC) mining operations and the Cor

Visayan People's Declaration on Mining and the Ecology

Conference Statement, Sun Star
Date of publication: 
15 February, 2012

Scrap the Philippine Mining Act of 1995,
Enact the Philippine Mineral Resources Act of 2011!

WE, the PARTICIPANTS to the 1st Visayan Conference on Mining and Ecology, representing various organizations of farmers, indigenous people communities, women, urban poor, workers, service workers, students, professionals, the church, media, and business from the many islands of Visayas, conscious of our right to a balanced and healthy ecology in the spirit of precautionary principle and inter generational responsibility are deeply concerned.

Our economy is based on agriculture, forestry, fishe

Lawmaker, activists blamed unbridled logging, mining in Mindanao pre-Xmas tragedy

By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Franklin Roosevelt Dimaguiba -
Date of publication: 
17 December, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – A member of the Philippine parliament and an activist fisherfolk federation on Sunday blamed the unbridled large-scale mining and logging activities in Northern Mindanao region behind the pre-Christmas environmental tragedy that sent scores of ordinary people killed and hundreds missing.

Despite, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III order last February to halt all logging and mining operations in the region, local government officials closed to Malacanang, big mining and logging firms and their protectors in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were very enterprisi

Mining proponents, opponents slug it out in Senate

Neil A. Alcober -
Date of publication: 
11 December, 2011

Anti-mining advocates presented their case on the ill effects of mining before the Senate committee on agriculture.

The group “Save Palawan Movement” insisted that irresponsible mining practices in the country have resulted in the reduction of forest cover, water pollution, and displacement and health problems of farmers, fisher folk and indigenous communities.

The Save Palawan Movement is a multi-sectoral coalition that launched a “No to Mining in Palawan” signature campaign in the hope of putting an end to mining activities in the province, known as the Philippines’ last ecol

Chinese Investors Face Angry Crowd of Protesters on Palawan Island

Date of publication: 
11 November, 2011

Indigenous peoples and farmers gathered in Brooke’s Point city this week to protest against another mining threat on Palawan Island. Ancestral Land/Domain Watch (ALDAW) reports.

On 10 November, indigenous peoples and farmers led by people’s organizations such as ALDAW gathered in Brooke’s Point city proper to protest against the mining plans of the Jinchuan Group Ltd. ( The company has signed a memorandum of agreement with MacroAsia Corporation for joint investments in Palawan, estimated to reach $1 billion.

Green Groups Laud SC Resolution Banning Mining In Zambopen

Date of publication: 
31 August, 2011

Hits MGB and says “no go zones” for mining must be established

Quezon City—Groups commend the Supreme Court en banc decision and issuance of writ of kalikasan to ban mining in Zamboanga Peninsula, last August 16.

“This was a quick and positive response from the High Court.

Gov't considers 'close-to-mining' policy on mapped-out areas

Date of publication: 
21 May, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The government is adopting a policy closing to mining identified areas found suitable for other uses such as tourism in an aim to maximize their long-term economic benefits.

Two areas already identified by the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) as closed to mining are the Sibuyan Island and the stretch of shoreline from Ternate, Cavite to Nasugbu, Batangas.

“There’s an instruction from the (DENR) secretary (Ramon J.P. Paje) for us to have a policy delineating areas closed to mining,” said MGB Director Leo L.