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Rappler's latest stories on nickel


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

Rams ace taunts Brady over age ahead of Super Bowl

Jan 29, 2019 - 3:43 PM

'For him to still be doing it, that's a great compliment for him. But I think that he's definitely not the same quarterback he was,' says Robey-Coleman on Brady

How China's e-vehicle demand boosts Philippines' nickel industry

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Philippines, currently the world's 2nd top exporter of nickel, sees the shift toward electronic vehicles as an opportunity to grow

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

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.

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

CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

During the two-hour confirmation hearing, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu addresses issues on clean air, mining, and the 2018 budget

'LOVER OF ENVIRONMENT.' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot from Rappler

DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

An environment official says the filing of the complaint is based on Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu s instruction to not let Ipilan Nickel Corporation off the hook

Proposed SEC rule to hit San Miguel, PAL Holdings, Andrew Tan firms

Jun 17, 2017 - 10:49 AM

About 68 listed Philippine firms including 4 Andrew Tan led businesses will need to sell more shares to the public if SEC hikes the minimum public float to 20

RAISE. The SEC proposed to double the minimum public float level to 20% by July 1, 2017.

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.

DENR begins retrieval of trees cut by Palawan mining firm

May 27, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The environment department has identified a secured location where the thousands of trees will be transferred to prevent them from getting poached

File photo from Brooke's Point's official website

DENR issues show cause order vs Palawan mining firm

May 23, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Ipilan Nickel Corporation has until May 24 to explain why no criminal charges should be filed against it for cutting down trees

WATCH: First-hand look at Nickel Asia’s open pit mining in Palawan

May 23, 2017 - 12:47 PM

What exactly constitutes responsible mining ?

Rappler Talk: Nickel Asia Corp and responsible mining in Palawan

May 21, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Nickel Asia s vice president for corporate communications Jose Bayani Baylon explains their operations in the province of Palawan

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

Mining magnate Zamora to Lopez: I've never 'killed a mountain'

Mar 09, 2017 - 2:20 PM

UPDATED Mountains I have climbed and time I have killed – but not even in my wildest imagination have I ever killed a mountain Not guilty says businessman Manuel Zamora in response to Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

DENR secretary Gina Lopez answers questions from the members of the congress during her confirmation hearing at the Senate in Pasay City on March 8, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lopez to CA member: Tell your brother he killed a mountain

Mar 08, 2017 - 11:34 AM

UPDATED Lopez to Representative Ronaldo Zamora: That s your brother s mine… Tell your brother he totally killed the mountain

DENR secretary Gina Lopez answers questions from the members of the congress during her confirmation hearing at the Senate in Pasay City on March 8, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Global Ferronickel, China's Baiyin eye stainless steel plant

Oct 21, 2016 - 8:54 PM

Tabled for discussion among others are trade financing plans for the operations of Global Ferronickel’s Ipilan mine and construction of an integrated 200 series stainless steel plant in the country

COOPERATION. Leading the signing ceremony are Mr. Joseph C. Sy, Chairman of FNI (sixth from right) and Mr. Liao Ming, Chairman of Baiyin (fifth from right). They are joined by Atty. Dante R. Bravo, President of FNI (leftmost), key executives from Baiyin, and members of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Photo from Global Ferronickel Holdings.

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

DMCI Mining to lay off 400 workers as DENR stops expansion

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:40 PM

The job cuts come after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources suspended the operations of DMCI Mining s companies in Palawan and Zambales

MINERS IN ACTION. A miner goes down to an underwater pit using a hose from a compressor as the only source of air. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Gov't suspends 2 more mining firms in Palawan

Jul 27, 2016 - 2:58 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says more mining operations are likely to be suspended given the number of complaints her department has received

MINING AUDIT. Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Leo Jasareno (left) and Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explain the mining audit to reporters on July 27, 2016. Photo from DENR's official Twitter account

Philippines driving up nickel prices – industry group

Jul 22, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Chamber of Mines of the Philippines official Ronald Recidoro: The price movement now is only because of the minister s pronouncements It threatens the future of a lot of mining projects already in the pipeline

Concerned citizens protest HMC activities in Manicani Island. Rappler File photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

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

Philex, Silangan Mining to Gina Lopez: We are ISO-compliant

Jul 06, 2016 - 7:00 PM

This is in response to DENR chief Gina Lopez s call to suspend mining firms that are not ISO compliant

COMPLY OR FACE SUSPENSION. The new DENR chief says ISO14001 certification is responsible mining. File photo by EPA/MWD Daily News

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

Eastern Samar residents protest nickel hauling in Manicani Island

Jun 09, 2016 - 4:16 PM

Concerned citizens have barricaded the nickel ore stockpile of a subsidiary of Nickel Asia to protest the mining company s activities in Manicani Island in Guiuan

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

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

Green groups urge 'zero vote' vs pro-mining bets

Mar 01, 2016 - 3:21 PM

3rd UPDATE They single out presidential bets Mar Roxas and Jejomar Binay and senatorial aspirant Martin Romualdez but do not cite the tandem of Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Cayetano

ZERO VOTE. Green groups urge the public not to vote candidates with ties to mining operations in the Philippines. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The red mountain

Oct 18, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Will mining be an election issue in key provinces in Mindanao?

Global Ferronickel Holdings acquires Palawan nickel mine

Aug 09, 2015 - 9:01 PM

The 50 million acquisition makes it the second largest producer of nickel direct shipping ore in the Philippines after Nickel Asia

PH Q1 metal production value up by 7.17%

Aug 08, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Metal prices remain sluggish in the first quarter of 2015 with gold silver copper and nickel all exhibiting negative growth rates year on year

MacroAsia spending over P820 million for expansion

Jul 18, 2015 - 12:43 PM

While MacroAsia sees the continued growth of its maintenance repair overhaul and ground handling businesses this year it looks at 2015 with guarded optimism

EXPANSION PLANS. MicroAsia Corporation plans to spend around P850 million for three years to finance its expansion plans. Photos from

Malaysia’s Unichamp opens $24M lime plant in Palawan

Mar 24, 2015 - 12:04 PM

The company is open to expanding its business in the Philippines should long term contracts with various industries materialize

3 mining firms to pay Zambales farmers P3.2M

Jan 22, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Farmers will be compensated for their damaged lots due to nickel laterite operations in the province

PH mining firms sign industry scorecard

Oct 13, 2014 - 11:53 AM

Top mining companies agree to a new monitoring program to check their environmental footprint while doing business

3,000 Zambales mine workers fear loss of jobs

Aug 19, 2014 - 7:18 PM

Government experts found that the operations of 4 mining firms were causing nickel siltation in rivers farmlands fishponds and the sea in Sta Cruz town

PROTEST. Members of Mine Workers, Families, and Community CMWFC stage a protest rally to get support from local officials to lift the suspension order that the DENR issued against the 4 mining companies in Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Photo from Randy Datu

4 mining firms suspended over ‘unsystematic’ methods

Jul 24, 2014 - 4:46 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau ordered the companies to implement maintenance measures during the suspension of their operations in Central Luzon

New plant species could detox mining-contaminated soil

May 17, 2014 - 2:23 PM

Metal plant hyperaccumulators are important discoveries in the country since these plants can help clean up mine areas

Alive in Guiuan

May 08, 2014 - 3:39 PM

Maika Echeveri 14 lost all the members of her family in Victory Island during the typhoon She is alive because she was in Guiuan attending high school

PLDT, Razon group to lead Tacloban rehab

Jan 24, 2014 - 6:23 PM

The government promises them business potential in areas rehabilitated after Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

ARMM investments reach P1.4B, up by 157% in 2013

Jan 14, 2014 - 9:17 PM

This is only the second time that the region breaches the P1 billion mark since its creation in 1989 – thanks to the renewed peace talks

Mining royalties plunge as nickel prices fall

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:31 PM

Several nickel producers posted lower H1 earnings because of the drop in metal prices

A DAY IN THE MINE. Workers carry load on their heads as they head out to start their workday at the Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation. Photo by Rick Rocamora

IN PHOTOS: Taganito, a mining town

Sep 08, 2013 - 3:28 AM

In the island of Taganito in northern Mindanao life revolves around Nickel Asia Corporation

Nickel Asia opens plant in Surigao del Norte

Sep 05, 2013 - 9:43 PM

The country s largest nickel producer opens a processing plant in Surigao del Norte

Low prices weigh on Nickel Asia H1 income

Jul 30, 2013 - 7:53 PM

Earnings fall despite an increase in volume of shipments

Traders operate in the pit at the London Metal Exchange in central London. AFP PHOTO / SHAUN CURRY

IED explodes near Rio Tuba airstrip

May 02, 2013 - 9:26 AM

An improvised explosive device IED exploded near the private airstrip of Rio Tuba Nickel Corporation in Palawan last Tuesday

Sumitomo to open rare earth plant in Palawan

Mar 11, 2013 - 5:52 PM

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co Ltd SMM is looking to construct a scandium recovery pilot plant at the facilities of its Palawan based subsidiary Coral Bay Nickel Corporation CBNC

Oriental Peninsula eyeing more mines

Mar 05, 2013 - 9:25 AM

The company currently operates mines in Palawan through unit Citinickel Mines and Development

Consunji-led DMCI Mining hikes stake in Toledo to 37.7%

Feb 19, 2013 - 12:10 PM

DMCI Mining increased its investment in British firm Toledo Mining Corporation to 37 7 through the acquisition of the 20 7 stake held by shareholder Jason Cropper