Dec. 17, 2017: Senate probe on coal mine, power plant mishaps pushed

Dec. 17, 2017: Senate probe on coal mine, power plant mishaps pushed
Senator Loren Legarda is calling for a Senate investigation on the recent mishaps by coal mine and power plants in Antique, Oriental Mindoro and Iloilo provinces.

Before the Congress took a legislative break for the holidays this week, Legarda filed Senate Resolution No. 567 seeking an inquiry, in aid of legislation, into the collapse of a portion of the open-pit coal mine in Semirara Island, Antique; the power plant oil leak in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; and the power plant ash leak in Concepcion, Iloilo, and their respective environment and health impacts on the affected areas.

Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on climate change, said the inquiry aims to encourage concerned government agencies to conduct a “fair and impartial” probe on these incidents.

Dec. 4, 2017: 2 PH mining firms win at first ASEAN Mineral Awards

Dec. 4, 2017: 2 PH mining firms win at first ASEAN Mineral Awards
 

Two Filipino Mining companies are now hoping to make the entire Philippines and President Rodrigo Duterte proud after winning big at the first ASEAN Mineral Awards, which recognize the best mining firms throughout the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.

Joey Leviste, chairman of Oceanagold Philippines Inc., said that Oceana Gold and a Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) subsidiary both won at the first ASEAN Mineral Awards (AMA), which is now being held on the sidelines of ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Minerals in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

To be exact, OceanaGold has been named as the Best for Mineral Processing among all miners in the ASEAN region, while NAC’s Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corp. (RTNMC) topped the Best Mineral Mining category.

Dec. 4, 2017: Brunei initiates launch of Asean Mineral Awards

Dec. 4, 2017: Brunei initiates launch of Asean Mineral Awards
 

THE sixth Asean Ministerial Meeting on Minerals (6th AMMin) was held on November 30, 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. U Ohn Winn, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of Myanmar, chaired the meeting.

The meeting was attended by delegates of Asean member countries comprising Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar and representatives from the Plus Three countries namely China, Japan and Korea.

The Asean Secretariat also attended the meeting as the facilitator in the efforts of implementing the Asean Minerals Cooperation Action Plan (AMCAP)-III, Phase 1 2016-2020, in particular, the notable progress in the programme areas of capacity building and sustainable minerals development.

Dec. 2, 2017: Meet the woman drumming up resistance against mining companies and future typhoons in the Philippines

Dec. 2, 2017: Meet the woman drumming up resistance against mining companies and future typhoons in the Philippines
 

Comprising some 7,000 islands in the tropical Western Pacific, the Philippines prides itself as one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Among the archipelago’s many endemic species are several flying frogs, the Philippine mouse deer and the endangered Philippine eagle, also called the monkey-eating eagle.

Its atolls and turquoise waters hide natural treasures too. For example, the spectacular Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a World Heritage Site, is 130,028 hectares of beautiful lagoons and coral islands where rare birds and marine turtles come to nest.

“We are a country of beautiful volcanoes, mountains, rivers, and corals. It’s absolutely spectacular,” says Regina ‘Gina’ Lopez, who was the winner of the 2017 Seacology Prize in recognition of her environmental advocacy, which among many other things has led to a ban on open-pit mining.

Dec. 2, 2017: Advocacy group welcomes Duterte’s stand against open pit mining

Dec. 2, 2017: Advocacy group welcomes Duterte’s stand against open pit mining
 

THE Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI) said it welcomes President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that he has no intention of heeding the Mining Industry Coordinating Council’s (MICC) recommendation to lift the ban on open pit mining.

In a statement, PMPI’s National Coordinating Council said that while the Chamber of Mines continues to harp on open pit mining as an internationally accepted method of mineral ore extraction, it continues to disregard the fact that the Philippines is archipelagic compared to the contiguous continents where such method is being practiced.

“Open pit mining in very small islands in the country will not only destroy the terrestrial make-up of these islands but negatively impact the aquatic resources of the country as well,” Yolly Esguerra, PMPI national coordinator, said.

Dec. 2, 2017: Philippines: Anglo Holdings gets nod to buy more stake in Atlas Mining in $73m deal

Dec. 2, 2017: Philippines: Anglo Holdings gets nod to buy more stake in Atlas Mining in $73m deal
 
Anglo Philippine Holdings Corp has gained approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission for its acquisition of additional shares in Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp worth $73.6 million (P3.7 billion). The Alfredo Ramos-led holding firm disclosed it is buying over 845 million shares representing 23.74 per cent stake in Atlas Mining priced at P4.3 per share. This will increase Anglo Holdings’ stake in the mining firm from 8.27 per cent to 32.01 per cent. Anglo Holdings noted it has in fact paid 25 per cent of the total subscription price in cash.

Read more at: https://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/philippines-anglo-holdings-gets-nod-buy-stake-atlas-mining-73m-deal-87589/

Nov. 30, 2017: Metal production up 6% from Jan-Sept

Nov. 30, 2017: Metal production up 6% from Jan-Sept
 

MANILA, Philippines — Metal production rose six percent to P81 billion in first nine months of the year due to the continued improvement of prices in the world market, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said.

The aggregate value of metal production for January to September this year was higher than the P77 billion recorded in the same period last year.

“The encouraging price gain of base metals was primarily due to the increased metal demand of China. World metal analysts reported that the strong demand of China for said metals were for its infrastructure, automotive, and construction sectors,” MGB said.

Nov. 30, 2017: Indonesia eyes global playing field with state mining conglomerate- Nikkei Asian Review

Nov. 30, 2017: Indonesia eyes global playing field with state mining conglomerate- Nikkei Asian Review

JAKARTA — The day began with dozens of Indonesian government officials and state mining executives shuffling in and out of marathon meetings at one of Jakarta’s oldest hotels. By late afternoon Wednesday, they had opened a new chapter in the country’s efforts to revitalize the mining sector.

Indonesia Asahan Aluminium, a state-owned aluminum refiner known as Inalum, was transformed into a holding company that controls nonferrous metal producer Aneka Tambang, coal company Bukit Asam and tin miner Timah. The government’s 65% stake in each of the three listed companies has been transferred to Inalum. The remaining shares will remain publicly traded.

Nov. 29, 2017: Fulbright fellow researches impact of mining in Philippines :: Indiana University Kokomo Newsroom

Nov. 29, 2017: Fulbright fellow researches impact of mining in Philippines :: Indiana University Kokomo Newsroom
 
November 28, 2017

KOKOMO, Ind. —A gaping hole in the ground, and piles of rock and rubble, were all that remained of the remote section of mountain in the Philippines. The land, which formerly supported nearby villagers, stands ruined, bulldozed and stripped of its trees.

Since August, Ligaya McGovern has witnessed the results of corporate mining in her native country, talked to the people impacted, and prepared to tell their stories to the world.

“I’m very thankful, and I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to be with people who are struggling for social justice, for the right to their ancestral lands, and out of concern for their environment,” said McGovern.

Nov. 29, 2017: Feature: Artisanal, small-scale miners scrape hard living in Philippines

Nov. 29, 2017: Feature: Artisanal, small-scale miners scrape hard living in Philippines
 

JOSE PANGANIBAN, Philippines, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) — On a sunny November day, Domingo Chavez, with a goggle strapped over his eyes and an oxygen hose plugged in his mouth, plunged into a gold mine dug in a paddy field in Jose Panganiban, in central Philippine Camarines Norte.

After about 40 minutes of working in the 10-meter deep underwater tunnel, he surfaced with two bags of rocks fished out of the muddied hole. “I know it is dangerous. In the past some people were buried alive when the shaft caved in,” Chavez said.

Thirty-seven-year old Chavez is an artisanal and small-scale gold miner, one of over 300,000 artisanal gold miners in the country, including over 18,000 women and children, who scraped a hard living by working in ramshackle and dangerous mines.