CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A group wants the regional chief of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) here relieved over the issuance of permits to allegedly questionable quarry operations. The group Sulog is suspicious of how the EMB 10 office was supposedly ransacked and how computers containing digital records of the permits were destroyed a …Read More
A landslide in the gold-rich area between this city and Tarragona, in Davao Oriental, has trapped a yet-to-be-determined number of miners and renewed concerns on safety and risk management in small-scale mining operations.
Talk of diggers striking gold has sent a horde of small-scale miners up the border between Mati City, Manay and Tarragona in the span of a few weeks, ignoring a Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) ban and worrying a local executive.
Environment advocate have raised an alarm against continued threats in their ranks amid rising interests on Mindanao’s natural resources for energy production and minerals extraction.
A leader of a small-scale miner’s organization in this town was shot dead inside his residence on Tuesday while having dinner with his family.
The controversy on whether a local government unit has jurisdiction over national government-regulated mining operations took a twist when the governor of this province ordered an American-backed firm to stop its operations in the province.
Small miners and other cause-oriented groups in the region formally have petitioned the provincial board of Compostela Valley, urging for the declaration of the province as a “no foreign, no large-scale and no open pit mining zone.”
Mineral-rich Zamboanga del Norte is poised to follow the footsteps of South Cotabato in banning open-pit and open-cut land surface mining within the province.
Each clutching a rosary on their left hand and a lighted candle on the right, scores of women uttered novena prayers as they snaked through the city’s streets along with about a thousand people.