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February, 2012

1.7M kids call Metro slums home

February 28, 2012 ·  By Julie M. Aurelio, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Barely into his teens, “Dennis” used to retrieve stray balls from a golf course for a fee of P5 each.
That was before he and his fellow street urchins realized that Quezon City was one big quarry for anyone who had their youthful speed and daring.


Vendetta from the Chamber of Mines

February 27, 2012 ·  By Bernie Lopez, Eastwind journals ­ Opinyon Magazine

A two-day International Conference on Mining in Mindanao is held at Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) conducted by the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines with a theme “Mina para sa Nasudnong Interes sa Katawhang Pilipino.”


Preda Newsletter February 2012

February 24, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen, Preda Staff

Read the stories of the children you are helping to save and news about the great programmes of Preda, how you can save more and do good work to make this a better, happier, and safer world for abused and exploited children. – Fr. Shay Cullen, founder.


Church and People Call For a New Mining Law

February 23, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

Bishops, priests, pastors, people from all walks of life and non-government organizations have taken a stand against the unfair, exploitative and damaging mining operations in this country. It is an important moral issue because for generations 75% of the people have endured a life of poverty and want, exploitation and injustice.


Probe Palawan mining, Ombudsman urged

February 21, 2012 ·  By Leila B. Salaverria, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Environmental protection groups on Monday asked the Ombudsman to investigate mining-related actions and decisions made by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) which, they said, had led to the destruction of the province’s forests and watersheds.


Philippine Coffee Farmers Trapped by Nestle's Low Buying Price

February 19, 2012 ·  By Kristine L. Alave, Philippine Daily Inquirer

There are about 4,000 coffee farmers in Amadeo. The town used to have as much as 15,000 hectares of land devoted to the bean before pests and low coffee prices brought down the coffee industry…


Zambales gov accused of role in mining theft

February 18, 2012 ·  By Robert Gonzaga, Vincent Cabreza, Philippine Daily Inquirer

OLONGAPO CITY—A mining company has accused Zambales Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. of issuing mining permits to rival firms which are allegedly engaged in mineral theft. Benicio Eusebio, president of Consolidated Mines Inc. (CMI), a company based in Masinloc, Zambales, said Ebdane issued in 2011 at least six small-scale mining permits, with one covering existing chromite […]


The lawyer’s ‘Umwelt’

February 18, 2012 ·  By Randy David, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Ordinary people who have been watching the impeachment trial at the Senate wonder why lawyers cannot seem to ask the most logical questions in the most direct way. Like: How much money did the Corona couple keep in the bank right up to the day they simultaneously withdrew all their deposits?


Paradise Lost to Destructive Mining

February 16, 2012 ·  By Fr. Shay Cullen

President Aquino plans to issue a historical Executive Order (EO) to regulate the mining industry to protect the environment and the rights of the people. A strict order is needed and hopefully, it will levy at least a 20% tax on mining profits.


Marcopper Mining Disaster

February 13, 2012 ·  ,

For over 30 years, the Marcopper Mining Corporation has been operating on Marinduque Island in the Philippines. The mine operations there have caused innumerable troubles; serious health and environmental problems have placed the community at risk.

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