Philippine mining industry - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine mining industry


Duterte to 'confront' Congress on need to 'close mining industry'

Sep 17, 2018 - 10:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's warning on mining comes after Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspended small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera Administrative Region

Photo from Malacañang

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

Duterte to mining firms: Face closure if you pay NPA tax

Nov 21, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The New People's Army, says President Rodrigo Duterte, will not 'thrive' if it were not for the 'financial support' of mining companies

Duterte backs open-pit mining ban but wants 'elbow room' for miners

Sep 05, 2017 - 8:47 PM

The President instructs DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu to still consider the eventual closure of open pit mining operations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 18th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Dominguez: There was 'failure' of due process in mining audit

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III explains the Mining Industry Coordinating Council review to members of the Commission on Appointments

GOOD BALANCE. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says Cabinet members should strive to work as a team. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Review of DENR mining closures finished in 3 months – Dominguez

Mar 01, 2017 - 6:51 AM

The Finance Secretary says the review is necessary to ensure DENR Secretary Gina Lopez stands on firm ground when she orders a stop to mining operations

CORRECTING LAPSES. Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez says the MICC's technical working group will thoroughly review the DENR's issuances on mining. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

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

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

20 mining firms recommended for suspension – DENR

Sep 27, 2016 - 1:26 PM

UPDATED Environment officials bare the results of their audit on mining operations in the country

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez gives a briefing at  the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office. File Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

DENR to suspend 2 mining companies in Eastern Samar

Aug 11, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says even with the ongoing audit she has not yet seen a model of responsible mining

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

Duterte to mining industry: 'Filipinos will survive without you'

Aug 02, 2016 - 10:54 AM

You try to castigate Gina Lopez for being strict and yet you destroy the land destroy the soil President Duterte says as he shields the environment chief from critics in the mining industry

TO DUST. Trees in a critical watershed were cut to make way for a mining operation in Mindanao. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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

A week after audit, DENR suspends 4 mining firms

Jul 08, 2016 - 12:25 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says the ongoing audit of mining operations in the country is not purely technical but has social and environmental dimensions as well

RESPONSIBLE MINING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks about responsible mining on her first day on the job. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Miners to Palace: Proposed tax scheme to weigh on investments

Jul 07, 2014 - 7:02 PM

The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines says government council s tax proposal is unfair and less competitive

MINING REFORM. Photo shows a visualization of the Tampakan mining site by Parsons Brinckerhoff for Swiss miner Xstrata

Businessmen to PNoy: Prioritize mining reform bill

Mar 02, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Business groups also ask the President to lift the moratorium on new mining agreements

Metals output to rise by 10% in 4 years — DENR

Jun 25, 2013 - 12:41 AM

Metal production value is expected to rise by 9 to 10 in the next 4 years once the new mining policy is implemented

EXPECTED TO RISE. Metal production values is expected to rise by 9% to 10% in the next 4 years once the new mining policy is implemented

Why mining industry declines 17% in Q1

May 30, 2013 - 9:15 PM

The mining industry slows down due to mining incidents and declining global prices for mineral commodities

LOW GROWTH. The mining industry posts a -17% growth in the first quarter of 2013.

Policy changes drag mining stocks — PSE chief

May 28, 2013 - 9:00 AM

Philippine Stock Exchange PSE president Hans Sicat says the changes in the mining policy are behind the dismal performance of the mining stocks

CHANGE IN FISCAL REGIME. Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) president Hans Sicat says the changes in fiscal regime drag the country's mining industry. Photo by Lean Santos/Rappler

PH mining reform measure to boost FDI — Goldman Sachs

May 23, 2013 - 5:50 PM

Passing the mining reform bill is key to significantly boost the Philippines foreign direct investments and sustain economic growth says Goldman Sachs chief growth markets strategist Christopher Eoyang

BOOSTING FDI. Goldman Sachs chief growth markets strategist Christopher Eoyang says passing the mining reform bill is needed to boost the country's FDI. Photo by Lean Santos/Rappler

2012 metal output down 18%

May 17, 2013 - 4:10 PM

The suspension of several mine operations and the decline in the central bank s gold purchases pulled down the country s metal production

PRODUCTION DOWN. Mine suspensions and lower gold purchases by BSP drag down PH metal production in 2012

Mining reform bill a priority in next Congress

May 14, 2013 - 6:04 PM

The Department of Finance DOF is set to push the mining revenue bill once the next Congress resumes session in July

EO 79 was issued by President Benigno Aquino III on July 6, 2012

Philex Q1 earnings down 68% due to Padcal closure

Apr 30, 2013 - 8:28 PM

Philex s Padcal mine was ordered closed in August 2012 due to a waste leak

LOW PROFIT. Philex Mining Corp. generated anemic growth in profit due to the suspension of its Padcal mine in Benguet. Photo by Philex

Mining accidents not 'acts of God' - expert

Apr 17, 2013 - 7:28 AM

Health Safety and Environment Asia Pacific principal consultant Keith Halford stresses that mining incidents are due to human errors

HUMAN ERRORS. Mining expert Dr. Keith Halford stresses that mining incidents are a product of human error and not "Acts of God." Photo from Philippine Mining Club's website

No specifics on revenue-sharing in mining IRR

Sep 07, 2012 - 3:01 PM

Mining IRR is expected to be signed and released on September 11