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SAGITTARIUS MINES’ US$5.9-B TAMPAKAN GOLD/COPPER PROJECT IS DEAD; SOCOT GOVERNOR VETOES LIFTING OF OPEN-PIT MINING BAN

By Roger M. Balanza

Opponents of open-pit mining hailed South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. for shooting down an amendment to the province’s 2010 Environmental Code that lifted the ban on the ming prac tice.

To suffer a fatal low fromTamayo’s veto of the amendment approved by the Provincial Board early last month, is the $5.8-B Tampakan Gold/Copper Project inTampakan municipality of the multinational Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI).

Tamayo said allowing open-pit mining is ‘prejudicial to the public welfare and inimical to the overall interest of all South Cotabateños,”in a letter to the Provincial Board explaining his veto.

SEN. TOLENTINO, DENR BACK SMI USD5.9-billion gold/copper Tampakan project

South Cotabato Provincial Board also lifts ban on open-pit mining giving the SMI a go-signal to proceed with its stalled USD5.9-billion project

Senator Francis Tolentino said the Tampakan copper-gold project being pushed to resume by Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) in Tampakan, South Cotabato will be beneficial to local residents.

DENR Acting Secretary Jim Sampulna vowed they will ensure that SMI will comply with its rehabilitation obligations and environmental protection, assuring that the environment will not be sacrificed. READ MORE

CATHOLIC CHURCH seeks veto on lifting of South Cotabato open-pit mining ban

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Twelve years after successfuly spearheading massive opposition to open-pit mining, the Catholic Church is back in action to denounce the lifting of a ban on open-mining by the South Cotabato Provincial Board.

Bishop Cerilo Casicas of the Catholic Diocese of Marbel called on South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo to veto an amendment to the 2010 South Cotabato Environment Code, that would now allow open-pit mining.

The South Cotabato Provincial Board on Monday, May 16, amended Section 22b of the Code which banned open-pit mining.

The approval of the South Cotabato Environment Code in 2010 led the multinational Sagittarius Mines, Incorporated (SMI) temporarily abandon its   Tampakan gold-copper project.

The $5.9-billion project that would use open-pit mining in the largest untapped copper-gold deposit in Southeast Asia and one of the world’s biggest was projected to yield about 375,000 tons of copper and 360,000 ounces of gold. 

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Bishop slams SMI for claiming religious groups support its Tampakan mining project

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Bishop Cirilo Casicas of the Diocese of Marbel in South Cotabato  has slammed the developer of the controversial $5.9 billion (P297 billion at current rates) Tampakan project for claiming in a legislative hearing that the local religious sector has thrown its support to the largest undeveloped copper-gold minefield in Southeast Asia.

Marbel Bishop Cerilo Casic

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato held a special session in Koronadal City on Thursday, December 9, regarding the petitions to lift the open-pit mining ban imposed by the provincial government since 2010. It was aired live on Facebook. (Read More)

CEASE-AND-DESIST ORDER ISSUED VS. DAVAO ORIENTAL NICKEL MINING FIRM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources- XI (DENR-XI) thru its attached agency the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-XI has issued a show cause and cease-and-desist order to the Riverbend Consolidated Mining Corporation which operated by Arc Nickel Resources Inc. (ANRI) for causing the river siltation in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.

After heavy rains on January 13-14 residents living along Mapagba and Pinatatagan Rivers in Banaybanay town in Davao Oriental discovered that their once clear rivers have turned to orange due to silt. READ MORE