Lopez as environment secretary to adjust to Duterte’s stand on responsible mining – Abella

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – Gina Lopez, the ardent anti-mining advocate who is the latest to join President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte’s cabinet as environment secretary, will adjust to… »

Surigao priests campaign against proposed limestone quarry

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 16 June) – Roman Catholic priests in this municipality have been reiterating their call against the planned limestone quarry activities in the village of… »

Duterte to big miners: “you have to stop;” small miners: “we will support you”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 June) — Large-scale firms engaged in destructive mining in Mindanao have no place under the Duterte administration as President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to give priority and assistance… »

Heavy downpour cuts short Duterte’s thanksgiving party speech

DAVAO CITY ( MindaNews / 05 June) — A heavy downpour on Saturday night cut short the speech of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, stranded thousands of supporters, and jacked up traffic… »

Mining and Mercury in Mount Diwata Today

The grinding rumble of rock against metal is a constant soundtrack to daily life in Barangay Mount Diwata in Monkayo, Compostela Valley. The din comes from ball mills spinning away… »

3 Surigao journalists say article vs mayoralty bet not libelous

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Apr) – Three local journalists here had filed their counteraffidavit before the city prosecutor’s office Tuesday afternoon, saying the libel case filed by a mayoral… »

Anti-Mining Protest

Benedictine nun Sister Stella Matutina joins protesters outside the office of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region XI at Leon Garcia Street, Davao City on March 2, 2016 as they call… »

Fisherfolk in Surigao town blame mining for dwindling catch

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/02 March) — Fisherfolk in this town have blamed mining as the chief cause of why they have been getting lesser catch these days. “Before we… »

Village in Surigao Norte declared off-limits to mining, quarry

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/26 February) — A village in this town has issued a resolution declaring the place off-limits to mining and limestone quarry operations, it was learned on… »

Gigaquit folk say ‘no’ to limestone quarry

GIGAQUIT, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/24 February) — Hundreds of residents have signed a petition opposing the planned operations of a limestone quarry in Barangay San Isidro for fear it would… »

Anti-mining activist dies in hospital after assassination attempt

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 Jan) — An anti-mining activist in Compostela Valley province was rushed to a hospital in Tagum City Wednesday night after an assassination attempt but expired early Saturday… »

No buyers

The price of tilapia in the towns surrounding Lake Mainit in Agusan del Norte has gone down to Php 60 per kilo, from Php 120 to P140 a month ago,… »

Human Rights Day Protest

Protesters beat an effigy draped with an American flag during a rally in Surigao City Thursday (10 Dec 2015) to commemorate the International Human Rights Day. More than 1,000 people… »

Value of mine exports from Surigao, Dinagat falls

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) — Prices of nickel export products have continued to plummet in the world market affecting profits of large-scale mining companies, Lilibeth M. Mangsal, district collector of the Bureau of Customs in Surigao City said. A document obtained by MindaNews showed that from January to October last year, mine export products being shipped out reached 15.9 million metric tons with a total value of US$775.8 million.… »

Int’l probe body links Lumad killings, mil ops to mining interests in Surigao Sur

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 November) — The creation of paramilitary groups accused in the killing of Lumad leaders and ongoing military operations in Surigao del Sur are linked to the entry… »

Group says mining project threatens biodiversity in Southern Mindanao, neighboring regions

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 November) — An impending mining project in Southern Mindanao threatens the area’s biodiversity as well as the ecology of neighboring regions, an environment group said citing a… »

MGB-12 cracks down on illegal mining in SMI areas

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 October) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Region 12 has stepped up its crackdown against the continuing illegal small-scale mining activities in parts of Tampakan… »

Police nabs tribal leader heading armed anti-mining movement in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – Police operatives arrested one of the most wanted persons in South Cotabato while attending a town fiesta in nearby Sarangani Province on Wednesday afternoon.… »

Mine-silted town in Surigao Norte to establish four marine sanctuaries

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 28 April) – The town of Claver plans to set up four marine sanctuaries despite the siltation problem it faces due to large-scale mining… »

Dinagat to sue 2 more mining firms for unpaid taxes

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) — Two more mining companies will be included in the lawsuit filed by the Province of Dinagat Islands for refusal to settle local tax obligations. Provincial… »

Earth Day Protest

At least three thousand people from the four provinces of Caraga Region march at Kilometer 2 National Highway in Surigao City on Wednesday (22 April 2015). Protesters reiterate calls for… »

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: Island, Country, Planet: Shining The Light Of The Lord In The Peripheries

(Commencement Speech delivered by Ateneo de Manila School of Government Dean Antonio G. M. La Viña, at the Father Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City on 26 March 2014) Let me… »

Surigao mining firm pays initial P5 million to Mamanwas, barricade lifted

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Mamanwas have lifted their barricade against a mining firm on Saturday after Greenstone Resources Corporation initially paid at least P5 million to the tribesfolk, belated… »

Mamanwa Barricade

Around 400 Mamanwas set up barricades outside the offices of Greenstone Resources Corporation in Barangay Cawilan, Tubod town in Surigao del Norte. As they entered their third day at the… »

Mamanwas set up barricade against Surigao mining firm

TUBOD, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 19 March) – For alleged non-payment of royalty share to the Mamanwas, tribesfolk have set up barricade against a mining firm operating in this… »

‘Junk Mining Act’

Anti-mining protesters hold a rally in front of the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau in Surigao City on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The protesters called for the repeal of the Mining… »

Mining, quarry revenues in South Cotabato drop in 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 January) — South Cotabato’s mining and quarry revenues dropped by around P1.25 million last year as officials noted a slowdown in small-scale mining operations in the… »

MGB-Caraga wants cease and desist order vs mining firm lifted

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — A mining firm in Surigao del Norte has obtained a recommendation from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Caraga regional office in Surigao City for the… »

South Cotabato steps up revenue collection for mining, quarry operations

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 November) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has intensified its tax education and collection efforts among mining and quarry operators in a bid to reach… »

Quarry or Mining?

An aerial picture of the claimed quarry operation along the Taligaman River in Butuan City taken 8 October 2014. Residents are suspecting that there is mining operation here, because that was… »

Butuan folks raise concerns on alleged mining operation disguised as quarry

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – Concerned citizens here have raised concerns over reports of an alleged mining operation in a hinterland village disguised as quarry a year after… »

Priest urges gov’t to rethink policy on mining and monocrop plantations in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 15 Oct) – On the 23rd death anniversary of a Bukidnon priest killed for his environmental advocacy, a priest here urged the government to rethink its… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Surigao Revisited

BOOM TOWN. I revisited the Caraga region these past few days. How it lately transformed to what it is today is just remarkable. Surigao City is booming with new establishments. A… »

Effects of Mining

This is how massive mining operations look like from the air. Taken above the municipality of Carrascal in Surigao del Sur on Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014. MindaNews photo by Erwin… »

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Mining workers stand near the portal of the tunnel of the Silangan Mindanao Mining Company, Inc. in Timamana, Tubod, Surigao del Norte on Monday (7 October 2014). This underground block… »

Tandag Diocese says no to mining

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/02 October) — The Diocese of Tandag issued a pastoral statement Thursday categorically opposing mining in the province of Surigao del Sur. “Today, we reiterate our call to… »

Multipartite group to be created to monitor operations of Surigao mining firm

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Sept) – Following complaints from residents of the discoloration of a creek where they bathe and wash their clothes, a multipartite group will be set… »

Surigao villagers complain of ‘milky’ appearance of water in creek

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 22 Sept) – Residents of the village of Boyongan in this town are worried over the alleged polluted water in the creek where they… »

View of the Mines

A mining company bus ferries workers through the Carac-an Bridge in Madrid town, Surigao del Sur on Saturday, 20 Sept 2014. Seen in the background is the ongoing large-scale mining… »

SouthCot, NGO sign MOU on anti-mercury drive in mining town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 September) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has linked up with non-government environment group Ban Toxics in a bid to eliminate the use of mercury… »

MGB-12 grants mining firm authority to explore SouthCot, Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 Aug) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 has granted authority to another mining… »

NPA rebels strafe SMI security vehicle

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/15 August)–Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels fired on a vehicle providing security to controversial mining firm Sagittarius Mines, Inc. in Tampakan, South Cotabato on Friday afternoon, hours… »

SMI feasibility study sent to MGB central office for evaluation

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 August) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 has endorsed for further review and evaluation by its central office the project feasibility study… »

SMI eyes to start FPIC process later this year

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/07 August)–Foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is eyeing to commence later this year getting the consent of indigenous communities for the controversial Tampakan project, a company executive said.… »

Effects of Mining

Siltation is a problem in the coastal village of Cagdianao in the municipality of Claver, Surigao del Norte, no thanks to mining operations, as shown in this file photo taken… »

Life much more difficult when mining came, say Surigao Norte fisherfolks

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 6 Aug) – Life is getting harder and harder for fisherfolks in various villages of this town where mining companies operate. Arcasio D. Genancias,… »

Zambo City files intrusion complaint against MILF members

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – The city government has filed a complaint for intrusion against alleged Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members before the Office of the Presidential… »

WORM’S EYEVIEW: Let’s speed up the wheels of justice and be uncompromising!

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – No one likes to admit committing an unseemly act, let alone an unpatriotic one, and not especially habitual liars like traditional… »

SouthCot closes down 45 small-scale mineral ore processing plants

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has temporarily closed down 45 small-scale mineral ore processing plants in the municipality of T’boli due… »

Illegal mining in SouthCot town slows down after installation of Army detachment

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 June) – The illegal “banlas” or sluice mining activities in the mountains of Tampakan town in South Cotabato have reportedly slowed down in the… »

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