Protected Areas

MBMI Receives FTAA Cancellation Notice

Marketwire -
Date of publication: 
19 April, 2011


Mining firm gives up exploration permit to support eco-tourism

PIA Press Release -
Date of publication: 
28 April, 2011

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – MacroAsia Corporation (MacroAsia) has voluntarily given up its mining exploration permit application (EPA) covering 4,500 hectares of land that traverse the municipalities of Roxas and San Vicente in an endeavor to strongly support the eco-tourism undertakings of the provincial government in Northern Palawan.

In a letter sent to Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Director Roland A. De Jesus on March 31, MacroAsia VP-Mining Operations Ramon N.

Postcard campaign to protect the people of Midsalip

Working Group on Mining in the Philippines
Date of publication: 
1 February, 2011

The following pdf attachments are campaign postcards that have been created to support the Subaanen people of Midsalip, who are facing threats to their land and livelihoods from mining companies (see other articles on this site for more background).

Dear Mr President,

We support the cancellation of all exploration and mining permits for open-pit mineral extraction in the critical watersheds of the Mt Sugarloaf Key Biodiversity Area (No.

Environment says small scale mining threatening Vizcaya's world-class-cave

PNA - &pfn=316981
Date of publication: 
6 December, 2010

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – Small Scale mining if not regulated in Kasibu town will lead to the destruction of its world-class cave system, an environmental organization here warned Monday.

“Small scale mining which is rampant in barangays Didipio and Alimit in the municipality of Kasibu is more destructive than timber poaching and the Capissaan cave system is now under threat of losing its natural wonders,” said Teresita Acosta, executive director of the Friends of the Environment for Development and Sustainability (FRENDS).

In Barangays Didipio and Alimit which is within the Malab

Revision of ADSP sought

By Herbert P. Mapiles, Sun Star Pampanga
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2010

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Pampanga Provincial Government has sought the revision of the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Plan (ADSP) as previously formulated by the Municipal Government of Floridablanca, members of the indigenous communities and National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP).

This was the result of the consultation held Thursday in this city attended by Aetas, NCIP officials and other stakeholders.

Under the existing ADSP, the role of the Provincial Government in the development plan has not been identified.

As this developed, Governor Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda propose

Tribal leader to PEF: Secure FPIC before eagle releases

Walter I. Balane -
Date of publication: 
18 July, 2010

MALAYBALAY CITY – Manobo tribal leader Datu Ampuan Jeodoro Sulda has a word of advice to the people at the Philippine Eagle Foundation — secure a free and prior informed consent (FPIC) first if they plan to release an eagle, according to a report from the secretariat of the Kitanglad Integrated NGOs (KIN).

Sulda was quoted as saying the PEF needs to undergo the FPIC as spiritual and cultural consultation with the lumads and their ancestors who live in the protected areas.

Two eagles, Kagsabua and Hineleban, which the PEF released to the wilds of Mt.

Midnight Mining Deal Hit by Green Groups -- Palawan activists get national and international support

ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
8 June, 2010

Manila — Green groups accused the DENR of fast-tracking a mining contract in Palawan, calling the agreement a “midnight deal that is insulting and a threat to ecological balance not only in Palawan but in the whole Philippines.” Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) stated that they have reliable information that a mining contract has been approved by DENR, without the necessary consultations and failing to secure consent from affected communities.

Crucial Days for Palawan "UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve" Before Newly Elected Government Takes Over

Date of publication: 
16 June, 2010

The so-called anti-mining “karaban rally” composed of about 600 protesters from farmers and indigenous communities reached Palawan capital city (the Philippines) on the 7th of June. The main scope of the peaceful effort was to request the Provincial Government not to endorse the proposed plans of MacroAsia and Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC), and to clarify matters on the Canadian-based MBMI mining company’s newly approved Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) application.

Indigenous Peoples Unite Against Mining in Palawan

Date of publication: 
5 June, 2010

Indigenous Peoples were ‘shocked’ to learn this week that the application of three new Philippine mining firms has been approved into one Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) on Palawan, a UNESCO “Man and Biosphere Reserve” in the Philippines.

Approval of this FTAA application will allow the Canadian mining firm MBMI and its Philippine Partners to substantially increase exploration activities and to progress toward full-scale nickel operations in the municipalities of Rizal, Bataraza, and Narra.

In response to the news—and the ongoing incursion of mining developments in Pa

Alternative Law Groups (ALG) commends the Supreme Court for issuing the New Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases

Alternative Law Groups (ALG) Press Release
Date of publication: 
22 April, 2010

The Alternative Law Groups (ALG) commends the Supreme Court for issuing the New Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases just before the Earth Day Celebration. The new rule will be effective on April 29, 2010.

“The new rules would greatly help in the immediate resolution of cases as the high court has provided new remedies for the protection of the environment and new rules that are expected to facilitate the resolution of these cases”, said Atty. Marlon Manuel, coordinator of ALG.