Since ancient times humans have extracted materials from the Earth to fashion into everyday needs: shelter, cooking utensils, hunting gear, weapons of war, primitive agricultural tools.
Through the millennia, the demand for raw materials has obviously grown exponentially along with human population. Today, extraction activities continue, augmented by recycling of certain [...]
We are a group of graduates from the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU). Owing to our work in various development agencies, we have traversed the various regions in Mindanao and have been in contact with grass-roots communities. In the ’70s-’90s, our main concerns were issues related to land ownership, ancestral domain and human [...]
The government is poised to allow small-scale mining to continue in the country despite the dangers this poses to both people and the environment.
President Benigno Aquino III is waiting for the completion of the executive order (EO) on mining but among the things he assumes may be included in the [...]
Manila, Philippines – Farmers have rebuked Philex Mining chairman Manny Pangilinan for claiming that mining can be a ticket out of poverty if done responsibly.
KMP spokesman Antonio Flores said mining has been a ticket for prosperity for Pangilinan and local and foreign investors and not for farmers, fishermen, and members of indigenous communities.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — Two prominent persons representing the richest families in the country let their hair down and let loose scathing remarks against each other in front of national television in a forum Friday on the future of the mining industry in the Philippines.
Manny Pangilinan, whose vast [...]
The consultations being conducted by the government to come up with a “fair” policy on mining appears to be taking “longer than expected,” Malacañang admitted Sunday.
With this, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte declined to comment on when the government will come out with its policy on the matter.
“As (Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima) said, [...]
Some 300 members of anti-irresponsible mining groups and residents from various provinces in Northern Luzon held a rally in front of the offices of well-know mining corporations in Manila earlier this week in protest against what they said are the countless rights violations these companies have been perpetuating as they implement their mining projects.
Visayan Conference on Mining and the Ecology
Last Saturday, February 25th, we attended the Visayan Conference on Mining and the Ecology. We learned so many things about the current issues our country is facing when it comes to taking care of our environment and more importantly the major issue [...]
PUERTO Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn blamed the poor justice system of the country in the delayed resolution of the killing of Palawan environmentalist Dr. Gerry Ortega.
“The gun was traced, the gunman was identified and the people who bought the gun and financed the killing are [...]
We are a group of graduates of the Ateneo de Davao University who – for many years now – have been engaged in social and ecological concerns, with special focus on Mindanao. Owing to our work in various development agencies we have traversed the various regions in Mindanao and have been in contact [...]