Careers @ LRCKSKFOE Philippines

LRC-KsK/Friends of the Earth Philippines is looking for:

- passion for justice, human rights, environment and the law
- team player and independent
- willingness to travel
- openness to learn

- knowledge of bookkeeping
- experience/background in office management
- team player and independent

Send application letter and CV with at least two (2) character references to with email subject "Application - Lawyer" or "Application - Administrative and Finance Assistant."

Deadline for applications is on 15 October 2013.

Old tricks

By: Solita Collas-Monsod

ONE SEES where the mining industry is up to its old tricks again, holding the prospect of decreasing investments in the mining sector like a sword of Damocles presumably over the economy. A report yesterday in this newspaper quoted the head of the Philippine Chamber of Mines, Philip Romualdez, as saying in a speech he made at the Mining Philippines 2013 Conference, that he had warned government already last year that investments in the next three years will certainly go down, and that “sadly,” his warning was coming to pass.

What is more, he pointed out that the government’s new mining policy (under EO 270), was making the country “less competitive” -- which obviously would exacerbate the situation as far as mining investments go. And then proceeded to proclaim that the mining industry “has always been and is more than willing to give government its fair share.” The implication of course being that the government is the one at fault, and is responsible for the current state of affairs in the mining sector.

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Suspected rebels attack mining firm in Surigao

By: Roel N. Catoto

SURIGAO CITY–Suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked an outpost of Silangan Mindanao Mining Company Inc. (SMMCI) last Saturday, August 31, in Surigao del Norte’s Mainit town, belated reports from authorities said.

Six suspected NPA rebels carried out the raid by seizing the firearms of security personnel and burning a number of equipment in Barangay Febra in Mainit at around 8:40 a.m., a report from the Police Regional Office in Caraga said.

Police said the attackers burned one VIP5000 transmitter (induced polarization survey equipment), one Honda KVA generator set, nine electric rods, four spools and a tent. Total damaged was pegged at P1,143,00.00.

The suspected NPA members also took with them the shotguns of security guards Nilo Macula and Danilo Dag-uman of Marilag Security Agency. 

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Tampakan project practically lost?


Without officially declaring so, the major stockholder in Sagittarius Mines which operates the giant Tampakan copper-gold deposits, the project is practically appears to be practically lost as far as the biggest stockholder is concerned.

The latest signs that the merged Glencore-Xtrata is practically throwing in the towel are the frequent statements of Ivan Glasenberg, president of the company advising the mining industries of the world to slow down their copper one production to stem what he believes is a continued decline in the prices of the metal in the world market.

Before Glasenberg made his observation, Glencore said it was cutting down expenses on the project from $4 million to $1 million a month and was laying off close to 1,000 workers.

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Court orders Shenzhou Mining Group to vacate area

By Roel N. Catoto

SURIGAO CITY – The Regional Trial Court in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur has ordered the Shenzhou Mining Group Corporation (SMGC) to vacate the mining area at the boundaries of Carrascal, Surigao del Sur and Claver in Surigao del Norte.

The order, dated July 15, was issued Judge Rufo Naragas of the Regional Trial Court Branch 41 in Cantilan.

The Claver Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC), the company that filed the petition for preliminary mandatory injunction and/or temporary restraining order alleged that SMGC continued with the extraction of ore for shipment abroad despite the suspension issued by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) on July 18, 2012.

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2 dead in fresh violence at Tampakan mine site–military

By Bong S. Sarmiento

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 August)– A revered “bong fulong” or tribal elder in the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) was killed Friday morning in another fresh violence at the controversial Tampakan copper-gold project, allegedly by soldiers pursuing an armed tribal group in the area, various sources said.

The military said “two armed tribal members were killed in an encounter with government troops.”

Reports gathered by the Social Action Center (SAC) identified the victim as Anteng Freay, head claimant of the Ancestral Domain territory of the Atbol B’laan territory.

“We are still validating if two other children of the victim were also killed,” said Rene Pamplona, SAC advocacy officer.

Pamplona told MindaNews that relatives of the victim were not allowed by the military to go to the house of Freay, as fighting still raged on hours after he was reported killed.

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Manobos barricade mining firm in Surigao Norte

By Roel Catoto

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/03 September) — A group of Manobo tribesmen has barricaded since Monday, Sept. 2, the entrance to the stockpile area of a mining firm in this town to demand royalty.

The Manobos, who came from Barangay Pakwan in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, belong to the Kahugpungan sa Nagkahiusang Tribu nga Manununod sa Yutang Kabilin (Kantrimyuka).

Their spokesperson, Barangay Chair Romel Dawog of Pakwan, said part of the land where Adnama Mining Resources Inc. (AMRI) operates is within their ancestral domain.

Dawog told MindaNews yesterday he was speaking on behalf of Datu Mansa Samuel Dawog Sumanda, a leader of Kantrimyuka and a close relative.

The group has put up a makeshift dwelling at the main entrance to AMRI’s stockpile area in Barangay Urbiztondo, Claver.

Dawog said AMRI would be forced to stop its operations as its heavy equipment could not pass the access road where the nickel ores are being stockpiled for shipment. 

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AMMB House Bill 984 (pdf)

AMMB Senate Bill 43 (pdf)

Congress champions re-­‐file alternative minerals management bill SOS Yamang Bayan push harder to repeal Mining Act (pdf)

Minerals Management Bill (pdf)

ALG Statement on MMB (pdf)

LRC Statement on AMB (pdf)

KASAPI Statement on AMB (pdf)



Bishops Statement of Solidarity on AMMB (pdf)

NASSA Statement on AMMB (pdf)

MASIPA Statement of Solidarity (pdf)

Bukidnon IP Mandatory Representatives Statement of Support (pdf)

Higaonon IP Women Gathering (pdf)

AMMB: First Quarter Salvo

First quarter activities for AMMB (Alternative Minerals Management Bill) is laying the ground for a sustained and intensified AMMB lobby work when the 16th Congress opens. The preparatory efforts included AMMB briefings, Regional Campaign Center (RCC) planning and strategizing, continuing constituency building and networking strengthening and expansion. Read more

PRIMER - Cebuano (pdf)

PRIMER - Tagalog (pdf)

Call for Papers: PHILNAJUR

The Philippine Natural Resources Law Journal (PhilNaJur) invites the submission of articles for publication in the Journal’s Volume 14 No. 1 issue. The deadline for submission is on July 31, 2013.

PHILNAJUR Call for Papers 2013 DOWNLOAD



The Marcopper Mining Disaster occurred on March 24, 1996 on the Philippine island of Marinduque, a province of the Philippines located in the MINAROPA region in Luzon. It remains one of the largest mining disasters in Philippine history. A fracture in the drainage tunnel of a large pit containing leftover mine tailings led to a discharge of toxic mine waste into the Makuplapnit-Boac river system and caused flash floods in areas along the river. One village, Brgy. Hinapulan, was buried in six feet of muddy floodwater, causing the displacement of 400 families. Twenty other villages had to be evacuated. Drinking water was contaminated killing fish and freshwater shrimp. Large animals such as cows, pigs and sheep were overcome and killed. The flooding caused the destruction of crops and irrigation channels. Following the disaster, the Boac River was declared unusable and pending cases in various courts until at present.


A short documentation of the impact of the Philippine Mining Act to the lives of the communities in the Philippines and case brought to the Supreme Court to questioned the constitutionality of the Mining Act- tax regimes.


The Ancestral Domain of the T'boli Manobo S'daf Claimants Organization (TAMASCO) in Brgy Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato has been a target of massive coal mining interest to feed coal fired power plants planned to be built in various parts of Mindanao. Coal Fired Power Plants will be built in the town of Maasim, Sarangani Province to produce about 300MW in the next 3 years. Another one is being built in Davao, and more plan to build in Zamboanga City and Davao are in the pipeline. These power plants will supply the huge demand of large scale mining companies in the island. The SMI-Xstrata's Tampakan Copper Gold Project for example needs at least 900MW of power during full operation.


Group tells Aquino: Go green energy, discard coal-fired plants
Published on Thursday, 18 April 2013 20:03
By: Jonathan L. Mayuga / Reporter

Akbayan, Bayan Muna set aside differences to fight mining law
By: MARK MERUEÑAS, GMA News April 16, 2013 1:00pm

Left not against mining, after allIndustry warns of disastrous cost of annulling 1995 law in high court
By: Vincent Cabreza, Inquirer Northern Luzon

After 9 years, Supreme Court tackles Mining Law anew
GMA News Online – Tue, Apr 16, 2013

Survivors, IFI and green groups back Archbishop Ledesma's call
By: Erwin Mascarinas,
February 15, 2012 6:59 PM

Water in Surigao, Palawan mining communities contaminated - NGO
By: Erwin Mascarinas,
September 9, 2012 2:04 AM

Friends of the Earth International

Reaction to IPCC Climate Report

STOCKHOLM (SWEDEN), September 27, 2013 – Commenting on a landmark review of climate change science released today [1], Sarah-Jayne Clifton, Friends of the Earth International Climate Justice and Energy Coordinator said: “The world’s scientists have spoken, affirming once again and now with absolute certainty that climate change caused by humans is happening and that it poses a severe and immediate threat to our future and that of the planet." >>Read more

Tan-awan Express

September 2013 - Download

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