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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

Ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes convicted of graft over mining permit

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:10 PM

He chose to intentionally and willfully ignore his responsibilities and conveniently relied only on the recommendation of the mining regulatory board says the Sandiganbayan

CONVICTED. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, shown here when booked for murder charges, is convicted of graft over an anomalous mining permit he issued to a small-scale mining company in 2006. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

MGB proposes lifting of ban on open-pit mining

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano says they are consulting with the Mining Industry Coordinating Council regarding the proposal

5 gold workers killed in small scale mining pit in Aroroy, Masbate

Apr 18, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The miners were trapped inside a mine pit in the gold rich town of Aroroy Masbate

Int'l group slams PH gov't failure to stop child labor in mines

Sep 30, 2015 - 11:02 AM

UPDATED While the Philippine benefits from small scale mining in the provinces HRW says the industry must be rid of any and all elements that force children to live adult lives

CHILD LABOR. The image shows children working for small-scale mining. Photo from HRW

DOST launches ‘green’ gold mining technology in Benguet

Mar 03, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Developed by Philippine experts the technology seeks to promote responsible small scale mining that benefits both miners and the environment

GREEN MINING TECHNOLOGY. DOST officials at the launch of mineral processing technology that can help protect the environment. Photo by Carlito Dar/PIA Cordillera

Gold rush

Oct 25, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Death danger and destruction in the mining town of Paracale Camarines Norte has its equivalent weight in gold

Whose mine is it?

Jul 13, 2014 - 2:12 PM

Communist NPA insurgents in the Philippines these days are not just detonating landmines they are also operating small scale mines

Why mining industry declines 17% in Q1

May 30, 2013 - 9:15 PM

The mining industry slows down due to mining incidents and declining global prices for mineral commodities

LOW GROWTH. The mining industry posts a -17% growth in the first quarter of 2013.

Bridge blown up near Zambales mine

Mar 03, 2013 - 7:12 PM

The Coto mine site in Zambales is subject of a dispute between the provincial government and Consolidated Mining

GOV EBDANE VS CMI. The Coto mine site in Zambales is subject of a dispute between the provincial government and Consolidated Mining Inc. Infographic by Emil Mercado

Draft mining bill to address small-scale mining issues

Nov 14, 2012 - 11:08 PM

The proposed multisectoral mining council as well as salient issues regarding small scale mining which include ban on mercury use term limit and adherence to regulatory and environmental measures were discussed at a committee hearing at the House of Representatives

Mining IRR: no-go areas, revenue sharing still pending

Sep 11, 2012 - 8:06 PM

Two of the several contentious aspects of the Aquino government s policy on the mining industry have yet to be finalized after the mining council released the rules and regulations on September 11

Small-scale miners join SONA protest

Jul 23, 2012 - 2:31 PM

Small scale miners based in Davao join a counter SONA protest rally

Photo by Karlos Manlupig.

Details in Mining EO need to be sorted out soon

Jul 13, 2012 - 2:59 PM

But there’s no saying how long it will take Congress to pass a new law

EO: No new mining contracts

Jul 09, 2012 - 12:19 PM

The mining EO imposes a moratorium on new contracts as the government works to legislate revenue sharing scheme

MVP to gov’t: Be tough on small-scale miners

Mar 22, 2012 - 1:18 PM

Philex Mining Corp chair and CEO Manuel Pangilinan urged government to subject small scale miners to the same regulations and sanctions as large scale miners

Philippines sources 68% of gold from small miners

Mar 04, 2012 - 4:27 PM

Small scale mining generates more than half of the country s total gold metal production in a year The country however doesn t benefit fully from it

Rescue operations resume in Compostela

Jan 06, 2012 - 9:06 AM

Nine volunteer groups search for survivors

Small-scale mining: A 3-decade industry that kills

Jan 05, 2012 - 9:34 AM

Local governments benefit from it too in the form of votes and informal taxation

25 dead, 100 missing

Jan 05, 2012 - 8:10 AM

The landslide occurred in a small scale mining site in Compostela Valley previously identified as landslide prone

PANTUKAN. Government troops establish the command center for the search and rescue operations in the grounds of the Pantukan Municipal Hall. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

On Shaky Ground

Nov 14, 2008 - 12:39 PM

The tools of small scale mining have advanced from just picks and shovels to drilling machines excavators and powerful explosives Many small miners risk running afoul of outdated laws