Category Archives: effects of mining

NGO backs Secretary Lopez’s ban on open pit mining

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/1 May) — An environmental group in Mindanao, which hosts a province where an open pit mining ban stands for almost seven years now, strongly supported Monday the decision of Environment Secretary Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez to ban such method across the Philippines. Chinkie Peliño-Golle, acting executive director of Davao City-based non-government organization Interface […]

“Recidivist environmental violator” in Dinagat spared by DENR

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) — Local environment officials and advocates expressed both wonderment and anger over why a large-scale nickel mining firm which has been penalized several times for environmental violations was spared from the suspension and closure orders imposed by Environment Secretary Regina Lopez. Roger de Dios, regional director of Mines and Geosciences Bureau […]

No new jobs for displaced workers if mining firms are closed — Caraga officials

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/06 March) — Workers who will be displaced by the impending closure of 14 large-scale mining companies in Caraga will face the difficulty of finding new jobs, three governors and some mayors in the region said. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Lopez has ordered the closure of several mining firms […]

Environmentalists to pro-mining groups: Secretary Lopez a blessing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) – Calling her a “blessing”, environmentalists have come to the defense of Environment Secretary Regina Lopez from pro-mining groups who are determined to block her confirmation as a cabinet member by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA). The CA will decide on Lopez’s appointment to the Department of Environment and Natural […]

Biz group says mine closure will lead to jobs loss

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 February) – The Mindanao Business Council (MBC) on Monday said the decision of Environment Secretary Regina Lopez to close 23 mining operations and cancel 75 Mineral Production Sharing Agreements or MPSAs will lead to loss of several jobs in host communities. “We strongly believe that the welfare and livelihood of millions of […]

30,000 jobs at stake with closure of mine firms — Chamber of Mines Caraga

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/07 February) — Some 30,000 direct jobs will be lost once the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) enforces the closure of 14 mining firms in the provinces of Dinagat, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, a mining executive said. “These are the direct jobs in the mining industry and if […]

Village chiefs warn of bloodshed if mining enters their place

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Island (MindaNews/03 February) — Blood will flow if mining companies set foot on our place, the village chiefs of Gibusong Island of Loreto town in Dinagat province warned. The village chiefs aired the warning Tuesday during the 4th anniversary of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office where they claimed victory in […]

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 said. Lopez was referring to the the 23 metallic mining companies in Mindanao that were undergoing an audit by the Department of Environmen and Natural Resources. “This is […]