You won’t believe what mining did to the Philippines

Semirara

After the unfortunate July 17 incident at the DMCI-owned Semirara coal mining site in Antique, Google Earth screenshots of Semirara Island in Caluya, Antique started spreading online. This led the secretariat of the PMPI to check ten other large-scale mining sites in the Philippines over Google Earth and these are what we saw:

1) Marinduque island

 Marinduque

Mining companies involved: Marcopper, Placer Dome, Barrick Gold

Minerals: Gold and Copper

Significance: It is the site of the Marcopper Mining Disaster that happened on March 24, 1996: the worst mining disaster in the history of the Philippines.


 2) Padcal, Benguet

Padcal

Mining companies involved: Philex Mining Corporation

Minerals: Gold and Copper

Significance: On Aug. 1, 2012, a tailings dam of Philex in Padcal spilled about 20 million tons of toxic mine wastes into the tributaries of Agno river. Balog creek also flows to San Roque dam, where many communities depend on.

If Marinduque hosts the worst mining disaster, this one is the biggest.

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 3) Manicani Island, Eastern Samar

Manicani

Mining companies involved: Hinatuan Mining Corporation, Nickel Asia Corporation

Minerals: Nickel

Significance: Manicani island is one of the first areas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and is considered as a Protected Area by virtue of the Presidential Proclamation 469.

The islanders stand against the harmful effects of mining in their island.


 4) Sta. Cruz, Zambales

Sta Cruz

Mining companies involved: Eramen Minerals, Benguet Nickel, LNL, Zambales Diversified, DMCI

Minerals: Nickel

Significance: All the main large-scale mining companies in Sta. Cruz are suspended by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau for violations of environmental laws and policies.

Just like the islanders of Manicani, people from Zambales protest the destruction of this mining operation to the environment.


5) Toledo City, Cebu

Toledo

Mining companies involved: Carmen Copper, DMCI, Atlas Consolidated

Minerals: Gold and Copper


6) Cauayan and Sipalay, Negros Oriental

Sipalay

Mining companies involved: Maricalum Mining Corporation

Minerals: Gold and Copper

"To date, 610,246 hectares are covered by mining claims. Of these, 508,957 hectares or 91% of the total, are on active production."


7) Claver, Surigao del Norte

Taganito

Mining companies involved: Taganito Mining Corporation, Nickel Asia Corporation

Minerals: Nickel

Significance: Taganito is the site of the so-called “red mountain” and "chocolate rivers." A mountain fully deforested by mining and logging operations, and rivers thorougly laden with mine waste. The mining sites in these areas are large enough to contain a whole city.

Visit this link to know more about the struggle of Taganito.


8) Mt. Canatuan, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte

Canatuan

Mining companies involved: TVI Resource Development

Minerals: Copper and Zinc

Significance: Mount Canatuan is considered as a sacred place in the culture of the Subanons.

Subanons, an indigenous group whose name literally means river people, lived in the mountain since the 17th century. The mountain is gnawed through by the extraction of minerals.


9)  Rapu-Rapu island, Albay

Rapurapu

Mining companies involved: Rapu-Rapu Minerals Processing, La Fayette Mining

Minerals: Gold and Copper

Significance: The island is situated in an area in the Bicol Region, which is frequented by rare sea turtles and whale sharks locally known as “butanding.”

Join their struggle by reading more here.


 10) Homonhon island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar

Homonhon

Mining companies involved: Mt. Sinai Exploration, Cambayas Mining, Emir Mining

Minerals: Chromite

Significance: Homonhon island, in historic accounts, is the site of Ferdinand Magellan’s first landing in Asia in March 1521.

Visit the island's blog site.

 

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You won’t believe what mining did to the Philippines

After the unfortunate July 17 incident at the DMCI-owned Semirara coal mining site in Antique, Google Earth screenshots of Semirara Island in Caluya, Antique started spreading online. This led the secretariat of the PMPI to check ten other large-scale mining sites in the Philippines over Google Earth and these are what we saw: 1) Marinduque island   Mining companies involved: Marcopper, Placer Dome...

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