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EMB fines Benguet Corp P24M

BAGUIO CITY — The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Cordillera recommended Benguet Corporation an initial P24 million fine for polluting the Liang, Ambalanga and Agno rivers.

Cordi Lakbayanis decry geothermal project in Kalinga

MANILA — A police blockade failed to cow the delegation of Indigenous Peoples (IP) from North Luzon in staging a protest action against Chevron Corporation at the parkway drive of Ayala Center in Makati City, Manila on October 13, Thursday.

Statements: DENR should ensure proper mine closure & rehabilitation of areas damaged by Lepanto

We, members of Benguet-Abra-Mountain Province-Ilocos Sur (BAMPIS) Mining Watch, one of the many groups affiliated with the Save the Abra River Movement, are heartened by the announcement of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources that it has recommended the suspension of the operations of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company. The suspension order has yet to be served. But the announcement itself raises our hopes for an end to the mining operations that have been destroying our peoples’ lands, and polluting and silting up the Abra river and its tributaries, for the past 80 years.

Statements: Revoke mining permits and repeal the Mining Act of 1995

The Scrap Mining Act of 1995 Network welcomes the recommendations of Secretary Gina Lopez and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of their audit of mining firms and sites to suspend 20 mining companies. We appreciate that among those listed are the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co., Benguet Corporation and Oceana Gold. These three companies are responsible for the wanton destruction of indigenous peoples’ ancestral lands and pollution of rivers in Northern Luzon.

Defend Ilocos welcomes new policies of international bodies

VIGAN CITY — Environment watchdog, Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos), welcomes the landmark policies made by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and International Criminal Court (ICC) over the course of two weeks. The group said that these developments have far-reaching impact on environmental advocacy work and struggle.

Benguet town dads ask DENR to open temporary garbage area

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The municipal council of La Trinidad, the capital town of Benguet province passed a resolution asking the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to open a temporary residual containment area while waiting for the completion of their engineered sanitary landfill.

Greenies submit NL envi report to DENR Asec

BAGUIO CITY — Green Groups in North Luzon presented their researches to DENR Assistant secretary Juan Miguel Cuna in the 1st Cordillera Environment Summit of the Environment Management Bureau at the Crown Legacy Hotel in Baguio City last Wednesday, July 27.

MP women ensure proper garbage disposal

BAGUIO CITY — While some Bontoc women help maintain peace and order, others help in ensuring proper waste disposal in this capital town of Mountain Province. They call themselves the Bontoc green police.