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More than 50 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar jade mine

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a notoriously corrupt and poorly regulated industry concentrated near the country's border with China

Philex Mining eyes high-grade ores by 2022

Mar 22, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Philex Mining says that there are now strong indications of higher mineral resources compared to prior declared levels

CUSHIONING IMPACT. With pressure on metal prices, Philex Mining continues to manage costs and reduce expenses. Background image from Wikimedia

DMCI Mining expects rough 2019 due to lower inventory, nickel grade

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The inventory of DMCI Mining Corporation is 'nearly depleted' and it will be shipping 'mostly lower grade nickel' this year

Despite having the suspension of one of its nickel assets, DMCI mining still sees a rough 2019 due to lower inventory and a drop in its ore grade. Photo from DMCI website

Philippine nickel industry eyes roadmap to improve competitiveness

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:15 PM

While the roadmap can help boost nickel production, the Philippine Nickel Industry Association says it has to go hand in hand with supporting policies

Neri Colmenares, Leody de Guzman want Mining Act repealed

Mar 04, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The two senatorial bets slam the Mining Act for favoring big corporations instead of Filipino communities

8 dead in Indonesia mine collapse as excavator digs for survivors

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:16 PM

(UPDATED) Three days after the Tuesday night collapse, authorities opt to use an excavator to haul away debris, as they try to get food and water to the miners believed to still be alive

MORE DEATHS. This handout picture from Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana, the accident mitigation agency, taken and released on February 27, 2019 shows rescuers preparing to enter in a collapsed illegal gold mine in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi. AFP PHOTO / BADAN NASIONAL PENANGGULANGAN BENCANA (BNBP)

Dozens buried in Indonesia gold mine collapse

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

(UPDATED) Four people have been found dead while 19 others are pulled from the rubble alive with minor and serious injuries, according to officials

DISASTER. This handout picture from Indonesia's Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB), the accident mitigation agency, taken and released on February 27, 2019 shows rescuers carrying a survivor from an illegal gold mine collapse in the Bolaang Mongondow region of North Sulawesi.  Handout/Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana BNBP/AFP

Death toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 134

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:17 AM

A fire services spokesman says it is possible that not all the bodies will be located and recovered

DAM COLLAPSE. A rescuer searches for victims of Friday's dam collapse near the town of Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil, on January 28, 2019. Photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Hope fades for 300 missing in Brazil dam disaster

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) The local governor says 'odds are minimal' that they would be found alive

Aerial view showing firemen looking for people in heavy machinery (L and R) and a locomotive (C) after the collapse of a dam which belonged to Brazil's giant mining company Vale, near the town of Brumadinho in southeastern Brazil, on January 25, 2019. - A dam collapse in southeast Brazil unleashed a torrent of mud on a riverside town and surrounding farmland Friday, destroying houses, leaving 200 people missing and raising fears of a number of deaths, according to officials. (Photo by Douglas Magno / AFP)

First body pulled from India mine after 6 weeks – official

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Rescuers had struggled to retrieve the badly decomposed corpse, despite being equipped with modern technology

RESCUE. In this photo taken on December 30, 2018, Indian Navy divers go down in the mine with a pulley during rescue operations after 15 miners were trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district of India. AFP file photo

Baguio seeks geotechnical probe into Mines View Park cracks

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:10 PM

'The conduct of a thorough study on the soil condition of Mines View Park is highly required at the soonest possible time,' a city council resolution reads

MINES VIEW PARK. The Baguio City council has asked concerned local government agencies to look into Mines View Park cracks. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Death toll in China mining accident rises to 21

Jan 13, 2019 - 10:48 AM

(UPDATED) Rescuers find the last 2 remaining trapped miners dead inside the coal mine

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30 killed in gold mine collapse in Afghanistan

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:23 PM

'The villagers have been involved in this business for decades with no government control over them,' the provincial spokesperson says

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Divers hunt flooded Indian mine for missing men

Dec 30, 2018 - 2:55 PM

There is no sign of life, with the delayed rescue effort drawing public outrage, but the men's families are clinging to hopes that they may have found an air pocket

RESCUE. This undated handout photograph released by the National Disaster Response Force shows emergency workers gathering around a crane after 13 miners were killed after being trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district. Handout / National Disaster Response Force / AFP

13 dead after fire in Czech mine

Dec 21, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Authorities say the fire is still burning, with rescuers building barriers to stop it from spreading

Aussie school kids lead mass coal mine protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 5:13 PM

Protestors called on both the government and the opposition to put a halt to the Adani coal mine project in Queensland state

STUDENT PROTESTS. In this photo taken on November 30, 2018, students from different schools raise placards during a protest rally for climate change awareness at Martin Place in Sydney. Thousands of students around the country skipped school to protest and demand their politicians act urgently to stop further dangerous climate change and the Adani coal mine. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Thanks to SC decision, mining firm SR Metals cleared in P76M tax case

Nov 22, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Caloocan City 2nd District Representative Edgar Erice, who is with the Liberal Party, is a shareholder of SR Metals Incorporated

MINING TAX. SR Metals wins all its legal battles on what could have been a P76 million worth tax case. Image from Shutterstock


[ANALYSIS] Time for Duterte to shut down this mining company

Oct 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

OceanaGold has not adhered to its commitments under its mining permit and various Philippine laws and regulations

Thousands join German forest demo after court reprieve

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:00 AM

A higher administrative court suspends energy company RWE's planned razing of Hambach forest for a growing open-case mine

OPEN PIT. German justice on October 5, 2018 halted temporarily the controversial expansion of a huge coal mine, banning RWE energy company deforesting the forest of Hambach. File photo by Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP

Officials warned of landslide-prone areas in Naga, Cebu, as early as 2008

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:56 AM

The September 20 landslide killed at least 65 people and injured 18 others. At least 21 people are still missing, while 1,716 families are still in evacuation centers.

DISASTER. A landslide occurs in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, 2018. File photo by Querl Panilag

Naga, Cebu, landslide: Did authorities ignore signs of danger?

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong explains the story behind a Mines and Geosciences Bureau letter that said cracks and fissures 'do not pose an imminent danger' days before the landslide occurred

RESCUED. Rescuers carry a resident rescued from the landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

NSA leak fuels rise in hacking for crypto mining – report

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:51 PM

The Cyber Threat Alliance reports a 459% increase in the past year of illicit crypto mining – a technique used by hackers to steal the processing power of computers to create cryptocurrency

Itogon mayor hopes for 'miracle' in search for missing

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'They declared that we are already in the stage of retrieval, but for me, God only knows who will be dead and who will be alive,' says Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan

SEARCH. Police and rescue teams on Monday, September 17 search for missing persons following a massive landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. File photo  by Jire Carreon/Rappler

After tragic landslide, mayor says Itogon to transition to farming

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan hopes that in 5 years, his town will no longer be dependent on mining

HELP NEEDED. Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan at the operations and relief center at Barangay Tuding. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Cimatu orders 'minahang bayan' review after Itogon tragedy

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:23 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu orders the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to review all minahang bayan applications after the tragic landslide in Itogon, Benguet

IN PHOTOS: The Itogon mining community before and after Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Typhoon Ompong destroyed the homes of a mining community and left dozens dead or missing

AFTERMATH. Residents of the Itogon, Benguet mining community preferred to seek refuge in their 'bunkhouse'. By the end of the storm, they were gone.

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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

Cimatu orders stop to Cordillera small-scale mining after Ompong landslides

Sep 17, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan appeals to the Environment Secretary not to stop all the operations and to consult local governments and mining stakeholders first

CASUALTY. Rescuers retrieved a body buried by landslides inside a mining bunkhouse in Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Police recover dynamite, bomb materiel stolen from Benguet mining depot

Sep 06, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Cordillera Regional Chief Superintendent Rolando Nana says the stash of materiel was not meant for terrorist purposes. The suspect is a private miner and these were stolen from a mining depot in Itogon.

CONFISCATED. PNP Procor members of the Explosive Ordinance Division( EOD) examine the confiscated explosives during a raid in West Quirino Hill Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

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.

2 dead from gas poisoning in Benguet mine

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Astrid Guitelen and Jomar Lay-os are found 200 meters from the entrance of the mine

PRC results: August 2018 mining engineer licensure exam

Aug 10, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Congratulations to the latest batch of licensed mining engineers!

Lower GDP over Duterte's policies? 'So be it,' says Malacañang

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Environmental policies that have slowed down economic growth, such as the Boracay closure and stricter rules for mining, are 'justified,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the flag as he sings the Philippine national anthem during the 117th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City on August 8, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Anti-mining advocates push for 'rights of nature' law

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Anti-mining advocates and environmental groups join the Salakyag ng mga Sangnilikha, which aims to empower communities to talk about environmental issues

Stop Killing The Environment. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

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

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

Electricity theft leads to seizure of 600 bitcoin mining rigs in China

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:32 PM

The rigs are part of an underground effort to mine bitcoin, and is thwarted by the miners' consumption of stolen electricity

Fishermen in Rapu-Rapu face bleak future due to mining woes

Apr 15, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Fishermen of Rapu-Rapu town in Albay have to sail past municipal waters just to catch fish

RAPU-RAPU ISLAND. An aerial photo of Barangay Poblacion Rapu-Rapu, Albay Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Duterte eyes open-pit mining ban until 2019

Apr 09, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The current open-pit mining ban could be extended, or a new one declared in 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte also calls on mining companies to reforest areas cleared for mining.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero as he is accorded with foyer honors upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on April 9, 2018. The President delivered a speech before departing for Hainan, Province, China to attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2018 slated until April 11, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:27 AM

Scientists say land decay caused by unsustainable farming, mining, pollution, and city expansion is undermining the well-being of some 3.2 billion people or 40% of the global population

STUDY ON LAND DECAY. British Robert Watson (R), President of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) speaks during a press conference next to the Secretary of IPBES Anne Larigauderie, in the framework of the 6th IPBES Biodiversity Summit, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on March 26, 2018. Photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

Want data privacy? Here's how to protect your personal information online

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Data privacy lawyer Cecilia Soria says it's important to be more mindful and less careless in giving away personal information, especially on social media

Mining firms supplying communists with bombs to lose license – Duterte

Mar 20, 2018 - 4:35 PM

President Duterte also orders that personnel of the military or police found violating rules on explosives 'face automatic expulsion'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cebu's Alegria Oil Field can power 60-megawatt gas plant – DOE

Mar 18, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says the Alegria Oil Field would have two wells ready to produce a total of 360 barrels per day

Cybersecurity roundup: March 11 to 17, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Cybercriminals are adapting their moneymaking practices to new technologies, and Intel is adding hardware protections to its processors to add walls against the Spectre and Meltdown issues. It's your weekly Cybersecurity Roundup!

Cebu's Alegria Oil Field to begin commercial production

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Department of Energy says the natural gas and oil production of the field may last until 2037, based on the development plan crafted after the initial testing

GAS AND OIL. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi (second to the left) declares the Alegria Oil Field in Southern Cebu to have commercial quantities of natural gas and oil resources. Photo from DOE

Cybersecurity roundup: March 4 to 10, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 - 3:46 PM

From massive DDoS attacks to daring heists, here's the cybersecurity news roundup for the week!

Cryptocurrency mining: What you need to know

Feb 28, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Ever thought about setting up your own cryptocurrency mining empire? Here are the must-know facts before you attempt to

Mayor leads demolition of mining facility in Palawan town

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:17 AM

'[Ipilan Nickel Corporation] does not respect law, order, or anyone in authority. I was forced to exercise the police power of the mayor,' Brooke's Point Mayor Jean Feliciano tells Rappler

DEMOLITION. Brooke's Point Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano (right, with a hat) reads her order to demolish 'illegal structures' within the Ipilan Nickel Corporation mine site. Photo by Marialen Galicia