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Mining firms redirect P385M to COVID-19 response in host communities

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:02 PM

The funds are from the Social Development and Management Program, which miners are required to come up with under the Philippine Mining Act

Eastern Samar residents block entry of Panama vessel during coronavirus lockdown

Apr 10, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The Panama-registered MV VW Peace is turned away after attempting to export chromite ore from Homonhon Island in Guiuan despite quarantine restrictions

Environment group hits Oceanagold for operating without gov't contract

Jun 24, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Kalikasan PNE also calls out the environment department for not blocking Oceanagold's application for Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement renewal. Its first FTAA has expired on June 20.

OCEANAGOLD. A mining pit operated by OceanaGold. Image from oceanagold.com

Baguio seeks geotechnical probe into Mines View Park cracks

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:10 PM

'The conduct of a thorough study on the soil condition of Mines View Park is highly required at the soonest possible time,' a city council resolution reads

MINES VIEW PARK. The Baguio City council has asked concerned local government agencies to look into Mines View Park cracks. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Officials warned of landslide-prone areas in Naga, Cebu, as early as 2008

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:56 AM

The September 20 landslide killed at least 65 people and injured 18 others. At least 21 people are still missing, while 1,716 families are still in evacuation centers.

DISASTER. A landslide occurs in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, 2018. File photo by Querl Panilag

Naga, Cebu, landslide: Did authorities ignore signs of danger?

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong explains the story behind a Mines and Geosciences Bureau letter that said cracks and fissures 'do not pose an imminent danger' days before the landslide occurred

RESCUED. Rescuers carry a resident rescued from the landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Gov’t lost P2.6B in Caraga mining royalties from 2012-2016

Aug 22, 2018 - 1:42 PM

The Commission on Audit recommends crafting a law that would impose royalties on mining companies that operate outside of Mineral Reservation Areas or MRAs

MINING ROYALTIES. The Commission on Audit says the government should have charged royalties from mining companies that operated outside of Mineral Reservation Areas.

Slow progress in Rapu-Rapu mine rehabilitation

May 08, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Rapu-Rapu Mayor Ronald Galicia says local officials are 'clueless' on the activities in the mining site where two major mine spills happened 13 years ago

Cebu mountain village under state of calamity due to land movement

Nov 03, 2017 - 7:48 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas has recommended that Sitio Camfranco in Barangay Lower Becerril be declared as a 'permanent danger zone and no habitation zone'

DANGEROUS. Heavy rains caused cracks in the soil in parts of Boljoon town, including Sitio Camfranco. Photo from MGB Central Visayas

Landslide, flashflood warnings up in Central Visayas

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The low pressure area that looms over north Coron in Palawan threatens Central Visayas – Bohol, Cebu, and Negros Oriental – with moderate to occasional heavy rains

CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

During the two-hour confirmation hearing, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu addresses issues on clean air, mining, and the 2018 budget

'LOVER OF ENVIRONMENT.' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot from Rappler

Gina Lopez asks Duterte not to lift ban on open-pit mining

Sep 04, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Sir open pit mining will really disadvantage the Filipino our farmers and fishermen forever for life says the former environment secretary

EX-ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez at a Cabinet Meeting on December 5, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/ Presidential Photo

MGB proposes lifting of ban on open-pit mining

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano says they are consulting with the Mining Industry Coordinating Council regarding the proposal

COA hits MGB for P36M spent on 'unseaworthy' survey ship

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The RPS Explorer owned by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has undergone P36 72 million worth of repairs and maintenance work from 2012 to 2017 but it has not been deployed since 2011

Aklan towns vulnerable to flooding, landslides identified

Jul 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The identification of towns highly vulnerable to flooding and landslides is based on geohazard mapping and assessment

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Gina Lopez to MGB chief: Don't allow irresponsible mining or 'I'll shoot you'

May 11, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Mario Luis Jacinto says they will definitely stick to the implementation of the applicable laws rules and regulations on mining

'NO COMMENT.' Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Mario Luis Jacinto talks to reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot by Rappler

Lopez defends ex-DENR exec Leo Jasareno: 'He's really clean'

Feb 09, 2017 - 4:27 PM

I still make all the decisions; he just gives me technical feedback And at every step of the way he s been breathtakingly honest Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says of her former undersecretary who headed the mining audit

TRUST. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez speaks during a press briefing in Malacañang on February 9, 2017. Malacañang photo

Mining group thanks Duterte for 'due process' on mine closures

Feb 09, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Around 23 mining companies face closure following an audit of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Gov't to spend P8B for workers displaced by mining closures

Feb 08, 2017 - 5:18 PM

But Senator Joel Villanueva hits the government for being unprepared for the effects of mining closures on workers

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Confusion over the mining list: How did DENR decide on closure?

Feb 03, 2017 - 6:14 PM

This is what Duterte likes he doesn t like it when papers go really slow and MGB has been really really slow I m not happy with them at all says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

FOR CLOSURE. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez announces the closure of mining operations of 23 mining firms. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Benguet Corp faces P24-M fine for tailings leak in old mine

Nov 22, 2016 - 11:35 AM

The Environmental Management Bureau in Cordillera region will recommend the fine on Benguet Corporation to the Pollution Adjudication Board following the tailings leak at its old open pit mine in Itogon Benguet

Duterte replaces environment official in charge of mining audit

Oct 11, 2016 - 7:35 PM

The new Acting Director IV of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau is Wifredo Moncano who has served as regional director of the MGB in the Davao Region since 2015

MINING AUDIT. In this file photo, then Environment Undersecretary Leo Jasareno (left) and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explain the mining audit to reporters on July 27, 2016. File photo from DENR's official Twitter account

FCF Minerals Corp to start gold mine operation in Nueva Vizcaya this year

Oct 07, 2016 - 10:34 AM

The Philippine subsidiary of UK firm Metals Exploration Plc will begin the commercial operation of its Runruno Gold Project after more than a decade of exploration and construction of facilities

GOLD MINE. British firm FCF Minerals will operate its gold mine in Nueva Vizcaya before the end of 2016

DENR suspends operations of iron ore mine in Bulacan

Aug 10, 2016 - 3:43 PM

The department has verified complaints from residents that Ore Asia Mining Development Corporation caused siltation in a river which is a tributary of the Sibul spring

New MGB chief: No one can buy me

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Mario Luis Jacinto takes over the ongoing audit of all mining companies in the country

NEW CHIEF. Mario Luis Jacinto, the new director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), vows to hold accountable mining companies that will violate environment laws. File photo from the MGB website

Gov't suspends 2 more mining firms in Palawan

Jul 27, 2016 - 2:58 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says more mining operations are likely to be suspended given the number of complaints her department has received

MINING AUDIT. Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Leo Jasareno (left) and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explain the mining audit to reporters on July 27, 2016. Photo from DENR's official Twitter account

Mining in PH: What Gina Lopez, Duterte have said

Jul 24, 2016 - 9:00 AM

He said she said Here s what Lopez and Duterte have so far declared on mining

NDRRMC warns against floods, landslides in #ButchoyPH areas

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:32 AM

Local disaster councils are tasked to be on heightened readiness

Romblon governor, residents oppose mining application

Jun 28, 2016 - 12:56 PM

A complaint filed on Monday June 27 includes 81 630 signatures and resolutions from the municipal and barangay levels as well as non governmental organizations

'NO TO MINING.' Groups lodge a complaint against the mining application of Asian Palladium Mineral Resources, Inc. Photo c/o Romblon's Provincial Information and Communications Office

Eastern Samar residents protest nickel hauling in Manicani Island

Jun 09, 2016 - 4:16 PM

Concerned citizens have barricaded the nickel ore stockpile of a subsidiary of Nickel Asia to protest the mining company s activities in Manicani Island in Guiuan

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

PH metal production drops as world ore prices decrease

May 23, 2016 - 1:04 AM

The lackluster performance was due to the lower world metal prices brought about by excess supply and weaker global trade

EXCESS SUPPLY. The leading metals like gold, silver, copper and nickel all incurred sharp declines. Image from Shutterstock

Philex clears hurdle in Silangan mine in Mindanao

May 17, 2016 - 6:11 PM

The Silangan project is seen to start production in 2018 and become a key revenue generator for Philex after its Padcal mine closes in 2022

MINE SPILL. A Philex Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo from Philex

UP experts asked to investigate Benguet sinkhole

Nov 07, 2015 - 12:17 PM

A village in Virac Itogon is now akin to a ghost town as hundreds of residents have fled their houses after sighting cracks in the ground

SINKHOLE. This 20-meter-wide void in Virac, Itogon already swallowed at least 7 houses as of November 2. Photos courtesy of Cordillera Office of Civil Defense thru Ompong Tan

PH Q1 metal production value up by 7.17%

Aug 08, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Metal prices remain sluggish in the first quarter of 2015 with gold silver copper and nickel all exhibiting negative growth rates year on year

Batangas opposes gold mine threatening Verde Island Passage

Jul 24, 2015 - 9:27 PM

Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste says the provincial government will block any moves to approve the gold mine project near the center of the center of marine biodiversity

UNDERWATER TREASURE. The Verde Island Passage boasts the highest concentration of shorefish species in the world, according to scientists. Image courtesy Rich Mooi/California Academy of Sciences

Gov't mapping out sinkholes, land subsidence in PH towns

Jul 08, 2015 - 3:39 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau says it will give local government units maps showing the susceptibility of their town to sinkholes and ground subsidence

DENR declares uplifted coastal areas in Bohol as 'geological monument'

Jun 17, 2015 - 11:45 AM

The magnitude 7 2 earthquake that struck Visayas in 2013 caused the coastal areas to be lifted by up to 1 2 meters according to surveys conducted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau

NDRRMC warns against floods, landslides in Chedeng areas

Apr 04, 2015 - 11:54 PM

Residents of Aurora Isabela and Cagayan are advised to take the necessary precautions

Philex eyes Padcal extension with add'l minerals found

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:26 PM

The Manuel V Pangilinan led firm says it found an additional 110 9 million tons of mineral resources – a find that could extend the mine’s life beyond 2020

Fault-finders, storm-chasers: Hazard mapping in the PH

Mar 15, 2015 - 10:05 PM

The Philippines is the 3rd most disaster prone country in the world making hazard maps a necessity for Filipinos

Lessons from Guinsaugon: How do landslides happen?

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:00 AM

UPDATED The landslide that buried the village of Guinsaugon in Saint Bernard Southern Leyte could not have been prevented But understanding the science behind landslides and using the knowledge for planning and coordinating community action could prevent loss of lives in the future

9 years after the landslide, how is Guinsaugon?

Feb 15, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Survivors of the mudslide have moved on But rebuilding in an area that is highly vulnerable to natural hazards remains a challenge

RECOVERY. The portion of Mt Can-abag that collapsed and buried Barangay Guinsaugon 9 years ago is still visible. Now, the former landslide site in Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte is being used for farming.

3 mining firms to pay Zambales farmers P3.2M

Jan 22, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Farmers will be compensated for their damaged lots due to nickel laterite operations in the province

Black sand mining operations under scrutiny

Nov 13, 2014 - 5:48 PM

The Mining Industry Coordinating Council will review existing black sand mining operations to curb the proliferation of illegal mining operations

Gold rush

Oct 25, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Death danger and destruction in the mining town of Paracale Camarines Norte has its equivalent weight in gold

Gov’t lifts suspension on Philex’s Padcal mine

Aug 28, 2014 - 3:00 PM

The mining company has ‘substantially addressed’ the adverse impacts of the disastrous spill of mining sediments in Benguet in August 2012 says the Mines and Geosciences Bureau

REHAB MEASURES. A Philex Mining staff checks the penstock at the tailing pond of the Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo from Philex

3,000 Zambales mine workers fear loss of jobs

Aug 19, 2014 - 7:18 PM

Government experts found that the operations of 4 mining firms were causing nickel siltation in rivers farmlands fishponds and the sea in Sta Cruz town

PROTEST. Members of Mine Workers, Families, and Community CMWFC stage a protest rally to get support from local officials to lift the suspension order that the DENR issued against the 4 mining companies in Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Photo from Randy Datu

4 mining firms suspended over ‘unsystematic’ methods

Jul 24, 2014 - 4:46 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau ordered the companies to implement maintenance measures during the suspension of their operations in Central Luzon

Whose mine is it?

Jul 13, 2014 - 2:12 PM

Communist NPA insurgents in the Philippines these days are not just detonating landmines they are also operating small scale mines