President Aquino has so far been mum about the outcry of the residents of Baguio City asking for the protection of the summer capital’s last remaining patch of trees. This is so disappointing, for here is an opportunity for the President to make his Daang Matuwid (righteous path) principle a concrete reality.
Mr. Aquino himself [...]
ALTHOUGH the mining industry’s contributions to economic growth have been cited as among the largest, the industry’s full impact particularly on employment and the domestic economy continues to be limited, according to an assessment made by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
The Neda made the assessment as a geologist from the University of [...]
BAGUIO CITY—On the night after Easter, environmentalists kept vigil outside Luneta Hill in Baguio City to watch over 182 trees that will be transplanted to make way for an expansion of a shopping mall.
They gathered in front of the SM City Baguio on Tuesday dawn when they detected signs that the trees were being [...]
BAGUIO CITY -— A regional trial court has stopped work on the extension of SM City here amid a public protest over the planned removal of trees to give way to its P1-billion plans including a seven story “green building”.
For the past two days, SM management started putting up a large canvass and plywood [...]
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Several Baguio residents have taken to Facebook and Twitter to protest what they believe is SM Group’s initial move to cut down trees for a mall expansion.
Netizens said they heard the chopping of trees near SM Baguio early on Tuesday.
Based on the Facebook page “Boycott SM everywhere,” more [...]
Alyansa Tigil Mina’s contribution to Women’s Month
Women are leading the fight against destructive mining across the country, and their stories are told in a book launched on March by environmental and human rights activists. Gentle Treasures: stories of women against mining was released by Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) at Quezon City, marking their contribution [...]
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD, reiterated his call for a stop to all mining activities in the city and in Misamis Oriental province as he again reprimanded local government officials for their “business-as-usual” attitude toward the extractive industry.
Ledesma also lauded the Misamis Oriental government headed by Gov. Oscar Moreno for [...]
MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino confirmed yesterday a “policy statement” on mining would be issued by his administration to lay down the principles and broad directions it would want to take as regards the sector.
But Aquino said this was still a “work in progress” and would be presented to various stakeholders for further consultations.
With the discussions on mining gaining more media attention and with statements and positions emerging from various institutions, the past polarization of advocates and critics—pros and antis—is being lifted out of previous discussions and reenacted in soap opera fashion. We need to go deeper than the argument that we all use metal, anyway, in our [...]
MANILA, Philippines – Six persons, including a town official of Bayog town in Zamboanga del Sur, are facing charges for their alleged relentless efforts to mine gold ores in the mineral-rich arey permits from the government.a of Balabag Hill without the necessar
Facing charges for Thief of Minerals in violation of the Philippine Mining Act [...]