No to Large Scale Mining

No to Large Scale Mining

Rallyists stage a picket outside the regional office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Surigao City Thursday (25 August 2016) reiterating calls to stop large scale mining ope ...

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DENR secretary warns erring mining firms of immediate closure

DENR secretary warns erring mining firms of immediate closure

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 August) – Mining companies found to have failed to comply with technical and social requirements will be closed at once, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez ...

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Lopez vows to end illegal logging, mining in 8 days

Lopez vows to end illegal logging, mining in 8 days

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez vowed to end illegal logging and mining operations in eight days with her “Duterte team for ...

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Siltation

Siltation

A motorist stops to look at the effect of mining operations in the boundary of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur in kilometer 90 last Thursday (28 July 2016). This is part of ...

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DENR audits mining firms in 2 Surigao provinces

DENR audits mining firms in 2 Surigao provinces

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Aug) – Mining firms in the two Surigao provinces are being audited by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). RUINED MOUNTAIN. This ...

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Ugly Island

Ugly Island

UGLY ISLAND. Hinatuan Island in Tagana-an town in Surigao del Norte is being mined by Hinatuan Mining Corporation, a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation. The mining company repo ...

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Irreparable Damage

Irreparable Damage

Eroded soil caused by the operations of Wellex Mining covers a portion of the foreshore in Barangay Plaridel in Libjo town in Dinagat Province. Residents said the place used to be ...

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

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, wil ...

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Surigao priests campaign against proposed limestone quarry

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 ...

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

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 vow ...

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Heavy downpour cuts short Duterte’s thanksgiving party speech

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 tr ...

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Mining and Mercury in Mount Diwata Today

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 awa ...

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3 Surigao journalists say article vs mayoralty bet not libelous

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 file ...

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Anti-Mining Protest

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 cal ...

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Fisherfolk in Surigao town blame mining for dwindling catch

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 ...

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

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 ...

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Gigaquit folk say ‘no’ to limestone quarry

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 fo ...

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Anti-mining activist dies in hospital after assassination attempt

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 ex ...

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No buyers

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, before the fish kill happened, bu ...

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Human Rights Day Protest

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 peo ...

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Value of mine exports from Surigao, Dinagat falls

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 ...

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

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 linke ...

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

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 env ...

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MGB-12 cracks down on illegal mining in SMI areas

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 activiti ...

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

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  ...

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

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 acti ...

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Dinagat to sue 2 more mining firms for unpaid taxes

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 ...

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Earth Day Protest

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 ca ...

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

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 m ...

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

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 mill ...

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Mamanwa Barricade

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 ...

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Mamanwas set up barricade against Surigao mining firm

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 thi ...

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‘Junk Mining Act’

‘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 Act ...

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Mining, quarry revenues in South Cotabato drop in 2014

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 mi ...

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

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 Suri ...

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South Cotabato steps up revenue collection for mining, quarry operations

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 operato ...

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Quarry or Mining?

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, beca ...

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Butuan folks raise concerns on alleged mining operation disguised as quarry

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 afte ...

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

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 ...

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ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Surigao Revisited

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 ...

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Effects of Mining

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 Mascari ...

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

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 ...

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Tandag Diocese says no to mining

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 reit ...

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

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 ...

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

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 wash their ...

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View of the Mines

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 minin ...

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

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 th ...

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

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 ano ...

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NPA rebels strafe SMI security vehicle

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 Tampak ...

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SMI feasibility study sent to MGB central office for evaluation

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 f ...

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