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There is no such thing as forever – even with rice

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We can diversify a lot more when it comes to what we should eat

VLOG: When tragedy struck Itogon miners in the mountains

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The search for the missing continues. But as Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) has already left the country, people are asking: Who is to blame?

Why mine despite landslide scare? 'Doon lang kami umaasa'

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:12 AM

The government has halted small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera Administrative Region but has yet to provide alternative livelihood to the miners

NO MORE MINING? Ucab, Itogon town Barangay Councilor Jake Magpaye at the landslide recovery site. Photo by Rambo Talabong

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.

University of Batangas website among 350 sites hit by cryptojacking

May 08, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Visitors to the infected websites risk having their computers used for illicit cryptocurrency mining

Mining firm files administrative, criminal complaints vs Palawan town mayor

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'All cases filed by INC are SLAPP suits intended to harass me in my pursuit to protect the environment and enforce environmental laws,' says Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano in response to the complaints filed by Ipilan Nickel Corporation

Cryptocurrency miner targets Android users

Feb 13, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Android devices are at risk as a campaign now exists to exploit the devices' processing power to mine Monero cryptocurrency

CRYPTOMINING. Some people are taking advantage of other people's phones to mine cryptocurrency. Screenshot in phone from Malwarebytes

At least 4,200 websites had cryptominer active through hacked plugin

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Affected websites include US and UK government websites, along with some university websites such as that of the City University of New York (CUNY)

CA denies plea of residents of Zambales to ban mining operations

Jan 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

'A perusal of the motion for reconsideration reveals no new and meritorious arguments and yields mere rehashed arguments,' the appellate court says in its latest ruling

MOOT. The Court of Appeals renders a petition for environment protection against mining firms in Zambales moot and academic due to the closure order earlier issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

US figure skating runner-up Ross Miner snubbed for Olympics

Jan 08, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Nathan Chen, Vincent Zhou and Adam Rippon will represent the US men's team at the Winter Olympics instead

SNUBBED. Miner rose from fifth after the short program with a strong free skate to finish second but it wasn't enough to convince the selection committee he deserved a spot in South Korea over Zhou or Rippon. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Chen signals Olympic intentions with emphatic triumph at US Figure Skating Championships

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Chen is sure to head the US Olympic squad after landing 5 quadruple jumps in his free skate to continue his unbeaten 2017-18 campaign

CHAMPION. The 18-year-old Chen finished with a total of 315.23 points - 40.72 points more than silver-medallist Ross Miner. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Residents urge Zambales gov't to stop provincial mining operations

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The appeal is submitted by Concerned Citizens of Sta. Cruz, Zambales (CCOS) and other Peoples’ Organizations in the area who are protesting the mining companies for allegedly causing harm to the environment and their livelihood

STOPPING MINING OPERATIONS. Residents of Santa Cruz town in Zambales stop hauling trucks from getting out of a mining site. File photo by Randy Datu/ Rappler

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

CA junks environment protection plea vs Zambales mining firms

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Court of Appeals says a closure order issued by the environment department against the mining firms makes the petition moot and academic

MOOT. The Court of Appeals renders a petition for environment protection against mining firms in Zambales moot and academics due to the closure order earlier issued by the DENR.

What happens to Gina Lopez's orders at DENR?

May 09, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Well there s a presumption of regularity says Environment Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Maria Paz Luna

WHAT NOW? Former environment secretary Gina Lopez during her confirmation hearing at Senate on Thursday, March 9, 2017. File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Mining firms say dispute with DENR could cost $16B

Mar 14, 2017 - 6:24 PM

The Chamber of Mines warns of the cost of arbitration with foreign firms

Lopez denies her family operates open-pit mine in watershed

Mar 08, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Carlo Arcilla who opposes Lopez s confirmation as environment secretary claims First Balfour is doing open pit mining in a watershed in Lobo Batangas

NO MINING IN WATERSHEDS. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez listens intently during her confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments on March 8. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

CA quizzes Lopez on definition of watersheds

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:10 PM

They re not all proclaimed watersheds I will agree but a watershed is a watershed is a watershed Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says about the cancellation of 75 mineral production sharing agreements in watersheds

FIRST HEARING. Senator Manny€ Pacquiao, chair of the Commission on Appointments' (CA) committee on environment and natural resources, shares a light conversation with CA vice chair and San Juan City Representative Ronaldo Zamora and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (middle) during a hearing on Wednesday, March 8. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB

Gov’t mulls Indonesian-style export ban on unprocessed minerals – DENR

Mar 03, 2017 - 10:36 PM

In the long term that will help our economy because that will increase the value add of the products says Environment Undersecretary Maria Paz Luna

3-month long review of suspended mines starts March 6

Mar 03, 2017 - 8:22 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez who co chairs the Mining Industry Coordinating Council says they will review audit reports or checklists prepared and developed by the DENR

Deadly blast rips through Ukraine coal mine

Mar 02, 2017 - 11:14 PM

Rescuers manage to save an additional 20 miners who were trapped underground when the blast hit the mine in the western Lviv region near the border with Poland

Lopez: Duterte agrees no mining in watersheds

Feb 23, 2017 - 4:55 PM

Don t worry you re my Cabinet secretary and naniniwala rin ako na hindi dapat i mina yung watersheds Environment Secretary Gina Lopez recalls President Rodrigo Duterte as saying

NO MINING ON WATERSHEDS? Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says President Rodrigo Duterte agrees with her that there should be no mining in watersheds. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Lopez to critics: Stop it already, fight clean

Feb 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

To the mining companies you talk about contracts [but] how about our contract to life? asks Environment Secretary Gina Lopez in an 8 minute video posted on her Facebook page

'FIGHT CLEAN.' Environment Secretary Gina Lopez addresses her critics and supporters in an 8-minute video. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

DOF: Mining closures to cost LGUs over P821M in revenue losses

Feb 20, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says 3 of the 17 affected areas would lose revenues representing more than 50 of their current operating income

PCCI: Investors may dump PH over cancelled mining agreements

Feb 15, 2017 - 11:16 PM

How can a company risk stockholders money in projects if the investment rules are unclear and uncertain? says the president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Paz Lopez, in a press briefing in Malacañang on February 9, 2017, said their agency is gearing towards the establishment of ‘E3 zone’ or the ecological, economical and educational programs in areas where mining firms will be closed. Malacañang Photo

Lopez: 'I won't stop doing the right thing just to please CA'

Feb 14, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez is unfazed by the move of the mining industry to block her confirmation by the Commission on Appointments

ON MINING. In this file photo, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks about her department's plan for mining sites whose operations were ordered suspended or closed. Malacañang Photo

Lopez tells big mining firms to improve community dev’t programs

Dec 30, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says she wants the DENR mining firms and the host community to jointly manage the Social Development and Management Program fund

Barbers files ethics complaint vs Pichay for illegal mining, disorderly conduct

Nov 15, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Representative Prospero Pichay Jr says a thorough and impartial probe would show that Representative Robert Ace Barbers was motivated by partisan politics when he made the allegations against him

Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers files an ethics complaint against Surigao del Sur 1st District Representative Prospero Pichay Jr. Photo of Barbers from his Facebook page, photo of Pichay from HReps Media

Barbers wants Pichay probed for corporate identity theft, graft, illegal mining

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Pichay denies Barbers allegations calling them utter lies without basis which are motivated by partisan politics

THE ACCUSER. Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers delivers a privilege speech against Surigao del Sur 1st District Representative Prospero Pichay Jr on November 14. Screengrab from HReps website

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

Lawmaker says DENR can't stop ore shipment of suspended mine

Sep 05, 2016 - 10:29 PM

I have to protect my investments There is no legal remedy for them to stop the shipment says Surigao del Sur Representative Prospero Pichay Jr who is also president of Claver Mineral Development Corporation

SHIPMENT ALLOWED. Surigao del Sur Representative Prospero Pichay Jr defends the ore shipment of suspended mining firm Claver Mineral Development Corporation. Pichay file photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA; Background photo from Claver's website

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers seek gold in face of drought

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Ivory Coast is the world s leading cocoa exporter but thousands of farmers there are now turning to unlicensed gold mines where they earn more

A gold-digger digs into a field seeking for gold in the village of Bore, next to the central town of Dimbokro on August 15, 2016, where cocoa fields have been turned into illegal gold mines. The prospect of wealth has brought diggers from neighbouring Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea to seek their fortunes in dozens of small mines scattered over a radius of more than 300 kilometres (185 miles) in the Nzi-Comoe region. / AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO

Bolivian deputy minister killed by miners

Aug 26, 2016 - 12:49 PM

UPDATED Deputy interior minister Rodolfo Illanes had gone to the protesting miners blockade before being kidnapped and then killed by his captors

CLASHES. Bolivian policemen clash with miners near a blocked road in Panduro, Bolivia, August 25, 2016. According to media reports, there has been at least one casualty during the clashes, as Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes was allegedly beaten to death by a group of mineworkers. Photo by Martin Alipaz/EPA

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

NEDA says new strategy needed as exports fall anew

Jul 13, 2016 - 4:45 PM

As exports decline for the 14th straight month NEDA urges firms to focus on exporting to non traditional and fast growing markets like Switzerland and France

Gina Lopez: Philippine Mining Act an 'unfair' law

Jul 12, 2016 - 12:04 PM

We have to change that the environment secretary says of the Mining Act of 1995 She says the law is skewed towards the mining sector and not towards our people

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

SC to Zambales mining firms: Prove you're not harming environment

Jun 21, 2016 - 7:07 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court finds merit in the petition filed by the residents of Zambales who say mining operations have caused much destruction in their mountains watershed forests farmlands water systems and livelihood

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

Value of environmental crime at record-high $258B – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Environmental crime is the world’s 4th largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling counterfeiting and human trafficking

ILLEGAL LOGGING. This picture taken in a forest close to Rantoe Panjang Bidari village, East Aceh on April 21, 2016 shows Indonesian policemen conducting an operation to crack down on illegal logging.  File photo by AFP

Writ of Kalikasan filed vs mining firms, Zambales, DENR officials

May 25, 2016 - 8:30 AM

CCOS chairman Dr Ben Molino and his co petitioners say the continued mining operations in Sta Cruz Zambales violate RA 7942 otherwise known as the Mining Act of 1995 and its implementing rules and regulations

WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Before nickel mining started in 2007, around 2000 hectares of farmland could be irrigated, and this year it is down to 800 hectares. Photo by Randy Datu

Could your child be iron-deficient?

Mar 31, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Babies transitioning to a solid diet could be susceptible to lower iron levels

6 people die in new explosion in Russia's Arctic mine – official

Feb 28, 2016 - 3:34 PM

Most of the casualties are rescuers involved in an operation following a recent incident involving 26 miners

Rescuers say 'no contact' with 26 missing Russian miners

Feb 26, 2016 - 10:01 PM

The emergencies ministry confirmed that officials had so far been unable to get in touch with the missing workers in the mine located above the Arctic Circle

Want to see an Iceland-like volcano? Visit Ijen in Indonesia

Nov 20, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Mt Ijen in Indonesia is one of only two volcanoes in the world that emit blue flames from its crater – the other volcano is in Iceland

STUNNING IJEN. The crater of the Ijen Volcano holds the largest highly acidic lake in the world. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

The wRap Indonesia: Helicopter missing, scores dead in Turkey blast

Oct 12, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other top stories include the arrival of international aid to combat forest fires and a long term investment between Indonesia and PT Freeport Indonesia

INTERNATIONAL HELP. Malaysian aircrew members stand in front of the Bombardier 415 Superscooper aircraft as they arrive at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin airport in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia to help combat forest fires. Photo by EPA

Indonesia, PT Freeport Indonesia agree on developing world’s largest underground mining site

Oct 09, 2015 - 11:46 AM

The long term investment plan focuses on continuing operations of the Grasberg Mining Complex past 2021

LONG-TERM. The government of Indonesia and PT Freeport Indonesia agrees on long-term investment. Photo from Freeport Indonesia website.

Pengusaha tambang bauksit jual tanah air?

Oct 03, 2015 - 2:34 PM

Ketua MPR menuding ekspor produk mineral dan batubara cenderung menjual produk mentah karena malas membangun smelter

Foto istimewa

Last of 17 missing miners in Mankayan retrieved

Sep 17, 2015 - 12:22 AM

But aside from the snafu the recovery of all the missing bodies is a tribute to Calixto s men and almost all the people of Mankayan who had been here since August 21

RETRIEVED. The body of a miner among those trapped in a landslide in Mankayan, Benguet, at the height of Typhoon Ineng is recovered by retrievers. Photo by Sam Hidalgo Aday/Rappler

PH exports continue to fall in July

Sep 10, 2015 - 3:10 PM

Easing commodity prices worldwide could dampen export revenue prospects in the near-term, the NEDA chief says

SLOWDOWN. Exports of semiconductors are expected to slow down in the fourth quarter of the year owing to weak orders from the EU (European Union), China, and Japan, NEDA says. File photo by Agence France-Presse