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Ilocandia Rumblings: Why mining is everybody’s concern

From reef to ridge and for many years, the people of Ilocos suffered from the ill effects of mining. Decades of magnetite extraction along the shorelines caused massive erosion in the Province of La Union and Ilocos Sur. Waste from upland mining operations, especially in the Cordilleras, polluted rivers and streams.

Ilocos envi group urges DENR sec to cancel MPSAs in watersheds

VIGAN CITY — A day after commending Secretary Regina Lopez for the cancellation of 75 mineral production sharing agreements (MPSA), the Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos) asked her to include MPSAs that straddle watersheds supporting Ilocos rivers.

Crossroads: Extreme weather in a warming globe

Happy New Year! May 2017 give us a cooler weather as we feel our temperatures rise and the oceans warming. Scientists are now one in saying 2016 had been the hottest so far for our planet. This warming is now on its third year of record breaking. Extreme weather is the new normal for now. And this is the result of human-made activities causing global warming. Mainly this is due to our use of fossil fuels, massive deforestation and destruction of mangrove forests.

Sustaining the Ifugao rice terraces in times of climate change

BAGUIO CITY — It was during this year’s (2016) harvest that rice farmer Virginia Ambalinon noticed that her harvest had reduced to half the yield she used to produce some five years ago. She attributes the decrease to the changing weather patterns.

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.