5 Dinagat mining firms don’t have permit to transport ore – MGB

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) –Five of the nine mining companies operating in the province of Dinagat Islands still do not have Ore Transport Permits (OTP) from the Mines… »

Illegal mining remains unchecked in Surigao town

MALIMONO, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/15 April) – Many residents, the Church and at least some local officials of this town are openly against mining. Tarpaulins proclaiming the anti-mining sentiment hanged… »

For New Mining Law

A Lumad from Pantukan, Compostela Valley province calls for the passage of the People’s Mining Bill during a protest rally to commemorate the enactment of the Mining Act of 1995… »

SouthCot’s revenues from mining drop in 2013

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 February) — South Cotabato’s mining and quarry revenues have dropped by around P3 million last year but officials expect the collections to pick up in the… »

SouthCot to review open-pit mining ban in environment code

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Dec) – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato will review next year the province’s environment code in a bid to “enhance and amend” some… »

Barangay Andap

A man negotiates what was once the center of Barangay Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 to transport gold ore. A large portion of… »

Impose mining moratorium, fix environment laws, environmentalist tells gov’t

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Oct) – The national government needs to implement a moratorium on mining in the country to fix its laws and their implementation as some of… »

Officials back royalty claims of Manobos who barricaded mine firm

PUYAT, Carmen, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/21 Oct.) – Officials had endorsed the ancestral domain claim and demand for royalty by a group of Manobos that recently staged a barricade against… »

Manobos face charges if they hold another barricade – officials

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Oct.) — Manobo tribesmen who barricaded a mine site in Claver town, Surigao del Norte weeks ago may face charges should they return to stage another blockade,… »

Surigao solon wants probe on operation of suspended nickel mining company

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Oct) – Surigao del Norte Rep. Guillermo A. Romarate Jr. (2nd District) is calling for a congressional investigation on a Chinese mining company in Claver… »

Locals want ban on export of mineral ore

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 October) – Residents and officials in Surigao del Norte are supporting the proposed ban on the export of mineral ore, claiming it is more advantageous if the… »

MGB-Caraga says will reject dormant mine applicants

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Oct.) —The Mines and Geosciences Bureau-13 has notified at least 20 applicants of mining exploration permits being considered dormant that their applications would be rejected if they… »

2nd Caraga mining symposium slated in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Sept) – The Chamber of Mines of Caraga Region, Inc., (CMCRI) will hold the 2nd Mining Symposium and Safety Competition at the Grand Convention Center of… »

Use cyanide not mercury, Caraga small-scale miners urged

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 September) – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Caraga has urged small-scale miners in the region to use cyanide instead of mercury in the process of recovering gold… »

Expenditure cut in Tampakan project hits P830-M

Expenditure cut in Tampakan project hits P830-M KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 12 September) — Expenditure for the Tampakan copper-gold project for 2013 was slashed by P830 million due to the… »

Surigao court orders arrest of MGB chief

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – For snubbing a court hearing twice, a Regional Trial Court here has ordered the arrest of Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) acting chief… »

Villagers excited, anxious as mining firm opens plant in Surigao

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/03 September) – Residents of Barangay Taganito and three adjacent villages in this town have greeted with mixed reactions the start tomorrow of operations of the… »

Manobos barricade mining firm in Surigao Norte

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/03 September) — A group of Manobo tribesmen has barricaded since Monday, Sept. 2, the entrance to the stockpile area of a mining firm in this… »

NPA raids 2 firms in Surigao, North Cotabato

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) – Suspected New People’s Army rebels figured in two attacks over the weekend in Surigao del Norte and North Cotabato. The Police Regional Office in Caraga… »

‘Banlas’ mining getting widespread in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 Aug) – Environment personnel in South Cotabato province are pushing for the immediate installation of permanent Army outposts or detachments in several upland villages… »

Open-pit ban triggers downsizing at Tampakan project

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/18 Aug) — The ban on open-pit mining imposed by South Cotabato province is among the reasons Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is downsizing its operation that would lead… »

Focus on agri instead of mining, professionals advise Bukidnon town

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 12 Aug) – The municipal government of Impasug-ong in Bukidnon should dedicate its time and resources on helping improve and modernize agriculture rather than push for… »

Surigao mayor says mining no place in her town

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 August) — The mayor of Bacuag, Surigao del Norte has this piece of advice for mining firms which may want to operate in the town: Go find… »

Mining firms in Caraga eye 840 foreign shipments for 2013

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/03 August)—Mining firms are targeting to export 840 shipments of nickel ore and gold deposits from the Caraga region this year, an industry official said. Dulmar Raagas, president… »

Mayor admits backing proposed ‘Minahan ng Bayan’ in Bukidnon’s ‘tribal capital’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – A municipal mayor in Bukidnon has admitted to reporters that he is supporting the declaration of 2,000 hectares of land in his town… »

2 mining firms in Caraga under close watch

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – Two mining firms in Caraga Region are currently being closely watched by a multisectoral monitoring group – one firm for polluting a river,… »

6,000 sign online petition vs Tampakan mining project

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – At least 6,000 individuals have signed as of today an online petition to cancel the permits issued to Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) for the copper-gold… »

Mining boosts Caraga’s economy in 2012; agri, fishery down

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — The mining and quarrying sector buoyed Caraga Region’s economic performance last year, making it the second top performer among the country’s 17 regions in terms… »

Proposed ‘Minahang Bayan’ in Bukidnon town put on hold

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – The Sangguniang Bayan of Impasugong, Bukidnon has decided to defer action on the proposal to set aside about 2,000 hectares in two of the town’s… »

Higher dengue cases noted in Surigao Norte’s mining towns

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 July) – Most of the dengue cases this year in Surigao del Norte have been recorded in three mining towns, according to Carmilito C. Mantong, provincial supervising… »

Surigao Sur environmentalist fears for life; says mining, logging and politics behind threats

SURIGAO CITY(MindaNews/19 July)—“My life is now becoming harder,” said Chito Trillanes, who for two months now has been hiding in different safe houses afraid that he would be killed. Trillanes… »

Surigao miners call for appointment of MGB regional director

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 July) ­– The Chamber of Mines of Caraga is calling on President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and Environment Secretary Ramon Paje to appoint a regional… »

Mamanwa tribesmen lift barricade vs mining firm

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 June)—Members of the Mamanwa tribe have lifted their barricade against the Adnama Mining Resources Inc. (AMRI) after they were paid P10 million in royalty fees. Datu Reynante… »

Nickel firm starts commissioning plant in Taganito, Surigao del Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 June) — As a prelude to their commercial operations which will begin in September, the Taganito High-Pressured Acid Leach Plant (TPHAL) Nickel Corporation has started commissioning its… »

Tampakan village off limits due to ground cracks

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 June) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 has declared as “off-limits” to residents a portion of an upland village in Tampakan town… »

Philex spending P8B for Silangan project in Surigao for 2013

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/16 June)— Philex Mining Corp. is spending P5 to 8 billion this year for the exploration and development works at its Silangan project in Surigao del Norte, businessman… »

Mamanwa Lumads barricade mining firm in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) – A mining company in Claver town in Surigao del Norte has been forced to suspend operations after some 150 members of the Mamanwa tribe today… »

Mining firm’s tailings dam that cracked ‘stabilized’ – MGB

TUBOD, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/15 June) — An official of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Caraga said the tailings dam of a mining firm operating in Barangay Siana in this… »

Mining exec to address Caraga bizcon

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – An official of a major mining firm will speak at the 18th Caraga Business Conference scheduled next week at the Hotel Tavern in this city.… »

Losing mayoralty bet in mineral-rich Tampakan town files electoral protest

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/06 June)— A losing mayoralty bet in Tampakan, South Cotabato, which hosts Southeast Asia’s largest known undeveloped copper-gold reserve, has filed an electoral protest before a court here.… »

Surigao Sur environmental activist in hiding amid threats

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 May) – An environment activist in Surigao del Sur is now on the run, seeking sanctuary in an unknown but safe places after unidentified men… »

Glencore Xstrata, Indophil discuss Tampakan joint venture restructure

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) – Australian firm Indophil Resources NL is in talks with Glencore Xstrata plc for the possible restructuring of the joint venture at the Tampakan… »

Campaign jingle against mining in Surigao: ‘Iska Pamilya, Iska Boto, Kontra mina’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 May) – To counter alleged vote-buying schemes by pro-mining candidates, anti-mining advocates in Surigao del Sur are knocking on voters’ conscience with a ditty that… »

Barricade at Surigao minesite divides Lumads

CABANGAHAN, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/18 April) – The human barricade set up at the foot of an erstwhile protected watershed turned mining site is dividing the Manobo tribal community… »

Manobos seek P150-M payment from mining firm for ‘desecration’ of sacred sites

CABANGAHAN, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/15 April) – A group of Manobo tribesmen has blocked a road in this barangay for over a week now to demand payment for the… »

Hundreds protest MGB Caraga to push anew TEPO implementation

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 March)—Around 300 protesters flocked to the office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Caraga Region Friday to strongly demand anew the implementation of the temporary… »

Diocese of Marbel wages ‘Team Pabor-Team Ayaw’ campaign vs mining, coal plant

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 March) — Calling it an effective strategy in educating local voters, Catholic Church leaders are adopting the controversial “Team Patay-Team Buhay” campaign of the Diocese of… »

Lopez-led signature drive vs SMI’s Tampakan project gains ground

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/08 March) — Anti-mining and environmental groups in South Cotabato province and the neighboring areas have started gathering around 300,000 signatures in a bid to pressure the national… »

Surigao officials appeal to MGB for mining committee seats

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/28 Feb)  —  Local officials affected by the planned streamlining of membership to three mining committees for environment and social development programs have appealed to the Mines and… »

Tampakan project crops up as hot poll issue in South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 26 February) – The Tampakan copper-gold project of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is shaping-up as a major political issue in the May 13 local elections.… »

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