25-year mining moratorium in Occidental Mindoro
On November 23, 2009, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Occidental Mindoro passed an ordinance banning large-scale mining for 25 years in the province. Governor Josephine Ramirez-Sato signed it into law on November 27.

Bishop Warlito Cajandig’s statement on Intex mining
Latest statement of Bishop Warlito I. Cajandig of the Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan, on mining on Mindoro island.

Priority sites for marine conservation in the Philippines
In 2002, the Philippine government partnered with the academe and the private sector to convene the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Priority-setting Program (PBCPP). The result of the PBCPP represents the national consensus on the priorities and strategies for conserving Philippine biodiversity with the identification of 206 priority conservation areas that covers both terrestrial and marine areas. This map shows the identified marine key biodiversity areas in the country.

Copy of DENR temporary revocation order of Intex ECC
In the interest of the service and in view of the seriousness of the allegations attendant to ECC-CO-0904-007-2721 dated October 14, 2009 issued by the Department in favor of Intex Resources for the Nickel Mining Project in the Provinces of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, the ECC is hereby temporarily revoked pending completion of a thorough and impartial investigation that will validate all the allegations.

Review Committee Report for the Proposed Mindoro Nickel Project
The Environmental Impact Assessment Review Committee formed by the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in a brief Committee Report recommends the non-issuance of an environmental compliance certificate to the Mindoro Nickel Project.

Mindoro Nickel Project ECC
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through Secretary Lito Atienza, issued an environmental compliance certificate to Intex Resources’ Mindoro Nickel Project on October 14, 2009.

Appeal to Norwegian ambassador to the Philippines
Norway recently provided assistance to flood-stricken Filipinos. In a letter to the Norwegian ambassador to the Philippines, Fr. Edwin Gariguez points out the threat of ecological devastation in Mindoro that will result to similar flooding incident if Intex Resources will pursue its mining operations on the island.

Mindex and social acceptability: What’s the real score?
Fr. Edwin Gariguez of the Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN) looks into the social acceptability of the Mindoro Nickel Project.

FPIC Process: Defective, anomalous and questionable
As prescribed under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, any project involving the extraction, development and utilization of resources within the ancestral domain should undergo the process of obtaining consent from the indigenous peoples within the impact area. For such consent to be valid and genuine it should be free from manipulation, coercion and deceit.

Someone Else’s Treasure
A photo essay by Allan Lissner, a Filipino-Canadian independent documentary photographer, journalist, painter, and graphic designer based in Toronto, Canada.

ALAMIN’S position paper in support of House Bill 6342 or the Alternative Mining Bill
A statement of support of the Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN) to House Bill No. 6342 or the Alternative Mining Bill.

Oriental Mindoro provincial council resolution reiterating 25-year mining ban
In its MARCH 1, 2008 resolution, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Council) of Oriental Mindoro resolves to uphold Provincial Ordinance No. 01-2002 entitled “An Ordinance Declaring 25 – Year Moratorium on Large Scale Mining in the Province of Oriental Mindoro, Providing Exceptions and Penalties Thereof.”

Victoria municipal resolution appealing to DENR to stop mining exploration
Resolution appealing to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to stop the ongoing exploration being undertaken by Crew Gold Corporation and Aglubang Mining Corporation in Villa Cerveza, Victoria, Oriental Mindoro.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines: A statement on mining issues and concerns
In 1998, we in the CBCP issued “A Statement of Concern on the Mining Act of 1995”. We declared that the government mining policy is offering our lands to foreigners with liberal conditions while our people continue to grow in poverty… We reaffirm our stand for the repeal of the Mining Act of 1995.

Public statement of the bishop of Oriental Mindoro on Intex mining
The issue of mining is a very significant concern confronting our province, and the Church as well, for it is very much connected with life and well being of our people. Hence, I would like to reiterate my position on this issue to give clarification on my stand and to challenge the faithful and the Christian communities facing this problem.


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