Semirara - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Semirara


Antique records first coronavirus case

Apr 07, 2020 - 10:33 PM

The patient is a 74-year-old man from Parañaque City who arrived in Semirara Island on March 9

Semirara suspends coal mining activities

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The Department of Energy directs Semirara Mining and Power Corporation to suspend coal mining activities after a mudslide last October

Semirara sees slower income growth in 2018 over plant shutdowns

May 14, 2018 - 1:10 PM

With the shutdown of some plants, Semirara started buying replacement power from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market in the last week of March, which had minimal impact on its 1st quarter earnings

Mining stocks fall as Senate approves nearly 3,000% coal tax hike

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Isidro Consunji, chairman of Semirara Mining and Power Corporation, says it would be 'discriminatory' if coal is singled out

The simple life of David M. Consunji

Sep 11, 2017 - 3:05 PM

To know David M Consunji was to know a simple truth: he concerned himself most with those who mattered to him

INSTITUTION. Pictured rightmost of the photo is David M. Consunji, who was called the father of contemporary construction in the Philippines. Photo from company website

DMCI founder David Consunji dies

Sep 05, 2017 - 6:25 AM

UPDATED David Consunji the Philippines 6th richest man established DMCI in 1954 and turned it into one of the top conglomerates in the country

DMCI Holdings still upbeat on 2017 despite mining uncertainty

May 17, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The conglomerate s mining unit is cautiously optimistic as a new chief takes over the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Semirara says open-pit mining ban won't affect operations

May 02, 2017 - 8:55 PM

The mining and power firm is also set to export coal to Japan for the first time as it prepares to boost its annual coal exports to 16 million metric tons

Real estate, water drag DMCI Holdings' net income

Nov 11, 2016 - 3:56 PM

The suspension of DMCI Mining s two operating units also contribute to the group s sluggish earnings

SHAKY EXISTENCE. Torre de Manila, one of DMCI Homes' projects, is still hounded by controversy. Photo from DMCI Homes website

DENR to Semirara Mining: Explain alleged Molave Coal violation

Aug 16, 2016 - 1:25 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources issues a show cause order to Semirara Mining and Power Corporation over its Molave Coal Mine Expansion Project

'NON-COMPLIANCE.' DENR says Semirara Mining's Molave Coal expansion deal did not comply with one of the conditions in its ECC. Shutterstock image

Lopez: Clean energy is the way to go

Aug 14, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says government plans to create models and choose certain areas where we go just renewable

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Aug 12, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Lopez warns Semirara Mining: 'Get your act together'

Aug 12, 2016 - 9:10 AM

The environment department directs the audit team to further assess project area and validate allegation of environmental impacts of the mining operation in Caluya Antique

SEMIRARA MINING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks about her proposal to change her department's processes when it comes to the issuance of environmental compliance certificates. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Green groups: Lopez is 'right choice' for DENR post

Jun 21, 2016 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED But environmentalists also urge Gina Lopez to make a strong statement rejecting environmentally destructive projects her own family is pushing for

DTI ends 2015 with 3% surge in domestic, foreign investments

Jan 07, 2016 - 4:54 PM

The agency also expects a 5 hike in approved investments in 2016 to be driven by BPO services manufacturing

HIGH NOTE. DTI opens 2016 with a high note by reporting higher approved domestic and foreign investments last year. Former DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo (left) hands over DTI flag to newly appointed chief Adrian Cristobal Jr. Photo by DTI

Suspension order vs Semirara coal mine lifted

Sep 21, 2015 - 6:06 PM

The Department of Energy says Semirara Mining and Power Corp has complied with conditions it set including the upgrading of safety protocol for mine workers

COAL MINE. The Panian Mine operated by Semirara Mining Corp is the biggest open-pit coal mine in the Philippines. Image from NASA

PH economy entering a 'new normal' - analyst

Sep 09, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The new normal GDP rate is seen at 5 to 6 tempered by weak government spending and net exports

NEW NORMAL. BPI Trade's Michaelangelo Oyson says that the consumer-led Philippine economy "can only grow 6% [and up] if the government spends a lot of money" to counter the underspending at present

DOLE has no mandate on mine safety – Baldoz

Jul 21, 2015 - 7:18 PM

In the aftermath of the Semirara mining accident labor officials say that mine safety and sanitation are under the mandate of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the Department of Energy

Antique wants Semirara mines closed after accident

Jul 20, 2015 - 10:46 PM

The provincial government wants work at the mining site suspended beyond the two week period set by the energy department for its investigation

Semirara Mining to give P1M each to victims' families in Antique

Jul 20, 2015 - 8:07 PM

We are committed to providing them with the support they need to rebuild their lives says the company whose mining site collapsed burying 9 workers

COLLAPSED. A photo provided by the Philippines Office of Civil Defense in Region VI shows view of an earlier landslide area at the Panian open pit at the Semirara mining site in Caluya, Antique, on February 14, 2013. Another accident in the mining site happened on July 17, 2015.

DOE, PNP start probe on Semirara tragedy

Jul 19, 2015 - 4:27 PM

The DOE sends its personnel to Semirara Island and begins exploring the Panian open pit coal mine of Semirara Mining and Power Corp SMPC where the incident happened

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Jul 17, 2015 - 6:42 PM

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3 dead, 6 missing in Semirara mining accident

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:05 AM

2nd UPDATE The Department of Energy has ordered the immediate suspension of mining operations

Farmers barricading rice fields in Semirara arrested

Mar 01, 2014 - 9:56 AM

The land has been purchased by the LGU for a resettlement project for families from a nearby village which an NGO suspects is for a mining firm s tailings pond

CLEARING OPERATION. Farmers and other Poocan locals form a human barricade in front of a bulldozer dispatched by Caluya Mayor Genevieve Lim-Reyes and Semirara Mining Corp. Photo from Theo Mateo

Semirara Mining, mayor threaten to bulldoze rice fields

Feb 26, 2014 - 7:37 PM

With help from the mayor the company wants to drive away the farmers so it can relocate families from another village affected by its coal project expansion

ATTEMPTED DEMOLITION. The locals of Poocan in Semirara Island, Caluya town in Antique oppose the attempted bulldozing of their ricefields. All photos from PAKISAMA

Forgotten Panagatan islets badly in need of aid

Nov 15, 2013 - 6:47 PM

One week after Yolanda the islets have received only one kilogram of rice 2 noodle packs and one canned good

FAR FROM HELP? The Panagatan islets in Caluya, Antique are badly in need of fresh water

Govt clears reopening of Semirara coal mine

Apr 19, 2013 - 1:31 PM

Semirara s coal mine in Antique the site of a landslide that killed 5 people was given clearance under certain conditions

FULL CLEARANCE. Semirara receives permission to conduct coal production activities in its North Panian site.

Semirara profit up 6% despite lower coal prices

Mar 13, 2013 - 5:12 PM

Semirara s coal business contributed P3 81 B of the net income the rest came from its power generation arm

Semirara Mining reports higher earnings for 2012. Screenshot of company website

Semirara prepares to resume coal mining

Mar 06, 2013 - 10:59 AM

The energy department clears Semirara s preparatory activities to resume coal mining in Antique

Semirara mine ops review ongoing

Feb 18, 2013 - 8:11 PM

DENR issues cease and desist order in Semirara s Pini an mine site to prevent more casualties

Fast facts: Who owns Semirara?

Feb 17, 2013 - 4:01 PM

A landslide at a mine site of Semirara the country s largest coal producer kills 5 and leaves 5 more missing Who owns the company? How big is the business?

5TH RICHEST. David M. Consunji's net worth of $2.7 billion in 2012, ranked him the 5th richest man in the Philippines, according to Forbes. Photo taken from DMC's 2011 annual report.