Protected Areas

Groups question Arroyo conservation award

Christian V. Esguerra, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
8 April, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to fly to the United States next week to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., where she will also receive the International Conservation Award from the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF).

Ms Arroyo will be conferred the award during formal rites at the US Congress on April 14.

An alliance of local environmental groups and religious organizations, however, has expressed its “absolute opposition” to Ms Arroyo’s being so honored.

Midnight mine deal disgusts Sibuyan Island Communities

ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
17 February, 2010

MANILA, Philippines —Sibuyan Island communities in Romblon province express disappointment on Tuesday regarding the large-scale mining license given by the Philippine government to a Canada-based mining firm.

Dubbed as Galapagos of Asia by international scientists, Sibuyan Island in the province of Romblon has been a target of several mining companies. One of which is Altai Philippines Mining Corporation (APMC), holdings firm of Sibuyan Nickel Properties Development Corporation (SNPDC) and subsidiary of Canada-based Altai Resources planning to mine nickel on the island.

Atienza revokes Norwegian firm’s Mindoro mining clearance

Source: -
Date of publication: 
27 November, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Lito Atienza has revoked the clearance of Norway-based Intex Resources to mine nickel on Mindoro Island, anti-mining groups announced Friday.

This came on the 11th day of protest fast staged by the Mangyans and religious people from Mindoro demanding a halt to Intex's plan to dig for nickel ore about 11,200 hectares of land in Mindoro, said Father Edwin Gariguez, one of the hunger strikers.

Facts on nation's environment speak louder than politicians' claims-- green groups

Kalikasan-PNE Press Statement
Date of publication: 
28 July, 2009

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources was quick to attack the assessment of environmental activists that environmental degradation and natural resource depletion aggravated during the term of President Arroyo.

Conserving the Mt Kimangkil Forest Corridor: an example of Higaonon ecological and cultural advocacy

Forest Corridor Conference Press Release
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2009

Cagayan de Oro City – The Higaonon are the first peoples, the original peoples of Northern Mindanao. Through generations they have been able to assert their rights to cultural integrity and maintain ecological stability. This concept becomes all the more clear if one takes a closer look at the intact forest ecosystems of the Higaonon in Bukidnon, especially in the areas surrounding Mount Kimangkil.

The Higaonon residing in and around Mt. Kimangkil form a corridor of ancestral domains with good quality forests.

Gov't not serious on implementing IPRA: Lumads

SunStar Cagayan de Oro City
Date of publication: 
10 October, 2008

ELEVEN years after the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) has been implemented, only one Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) had been awarded to indigenous peoples or lumad in Misamis Oriental.

In April 7, 2006, Pamalihi, a Higa-onon tribal council in Misamis Oriental, rejoiced when their ancestral domain claim in Mt. Balatukan was finally awarded to them.

It took them though seven years of lobbying before their claim was awarded to them.

Today, even that small victory is slipping away.

The National Government has declared the entire mountain range of Mt.

Canatuan residents report that TVI mine tailings are leaking into their creeks.

Date of publication: 
4 May, 2005

DCMI has recently heard reports from the community on Canatuan that mine tailings from TVI’s operations have been leaking out into the Lumot Creek. This creek runs into the Lituban River which, in turn, runs into the Siocon River and to the coastal area.

Over 2600 Participate in an Anti-Mining Caravan which Culminates in Dipolog City

by Maryanne Mutch, DCMI
Date of publication: 
17 June, 2005

A Failed Promise - The Dumingag Case

By Ellen Red Inside Mindanao, Published in Mindanao Monitor
Date of publication: 
1 November, 2006

Dumingag, Zamboanga Del Sur – Reforestation was promised by logging companies to the people in this town. This never happened.

This time, with the promise of responsible mining of TVI Minerals Processing, Inc., the people in this town are wary; while others are downright saying not to the planned entry of the mining company. “Based on our experience, the areas that were destroyed by logging never again regained its former appearance and state. What more with mining where the mountain itself will be destroyed?”

Church and Government Leader Calls TVI Pacific a 'liar'

By Tito Natividad Fiel, DIOPIM Committee on Mining Issues (DCMI)
Date of publication: 
11 November, 2006

Dipolog City – The Canadian mining company TVI Pacific has been portraying itself as a responsible miner, not just in the Philippines, but all over the world. However this image has been ruined when the highest church leader in the province of Zamboanga Del Norte has accused it recently of being a ‘liar company.’