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Twenty-five Mangyans, priests, and environmental activists—representing the 25-year ban on mining imposed by the local governments of Mindoro—go on a hunger strike in front of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources head office to protest the granting of a mining clearance to Norway-based Intex Resources.
About 5,000 members of the broad network Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN, Alliance Against Mining) march through downtown Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro carrying mock coffins during the October 30 rally in Calapan City to protest the issuance of an environmental clearance to Intex Resources nickel mining project in Mindoro.
About 3,000 farmers and members of Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN) launch a rally during a public hearing called by Intex Resources to convince residents of Victoria town in Oriental Mindoro to allow its nickel mining operations. Amid protest, the Norwegian firm called off the hearing at the last minute on May 15, 2009.
Government officials of Mindoro stop a public hearing of Intex Resources in Pola town, Oriental Mindoro on May 14, 2009. The officials, led by Oriental Mindoro Vice Governor Estela Aceron, served a cease and desist order, invoking the 25-year mining ban of the province.
Residents of Barangay Tacligan in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro stage a protest against Intex Resources’ planned construction of an ore processing plant in their village. The agricultural municipality is near the world-famous resort town of Puerto Galera.
Filipino-Canadian independent documentary photographer, journalist and artist Allan Lissner captures the images of children in mining communities in the Philippines and Tanzania. The collection features Kisluyan, one of 26 Mangyan villages facing threat of displacement if Intex opens up a nickel mine on their ancestral land.