The Corporations

By: Tilo Kuizon

The financial support of these banks, the aggressive promotion of large scale mining of the Philippine government and the slippery laws that make up the Philippine constitution, the encouragement of pro-mining groups such as the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, the weakened and fragmented resistance in isolated communities and the insufficient pressure of civil groups and the international community make it possible for corporations to run amok against the people, culture and nature of the archipelago. With all the state’s power and resources on their side, corporations are able to ruthlessly wipe out everything that stands on their way.  Below is a list of transnational companies and bigwig national corporations that actively operate in the Philippines today.

PHILEX MINING CORPORATION

One of the most active large-scale mining corporations in the Philippines today.   This company has two main businesses, the mining business under the Philex Mining Corporation and the oil and gas business under Philex Petroleum Corporation.  Besides that, they subsidize a number of companies including Silangan Mindanao Exploration Co., Inc. (SMECI), Silangan Mindanao Mining Co., Inc. (SMMCI) which currently operates in Mindanao.  Listed in the Philippine Stock exchange, they brag about their corporate achievements like increased profits from responsible mining and nation building – tax paid from 1956 to 2006 is 485 Million pesos.  Also, they are very proud about what they say they do in communities – livelihood projects to uplift the economic well-being of the locals, and environmental stewardship such as reforestation programs and waste management.  However, overwhelming evidence contravene these claims.  Here’s a quick rundown of the company’s impact on local communities and the environment.

OPERATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES

“BAYUGO PROJECT” – Timamana, Tubod, Surigao Del Norte, Mindanao.
Damages:
Environment:
• Contamination of water supply to the adjacent village- Barangay Anislagan
• Insufficient water supply for irrigation of farm crops in Anislagan
• Siltation of rivers in upper Anislagan
People:
• Intra-familial and intra-community conflict in Anislagan
• Moral damages to the inhabitants of the village

“PADCAL MINE” – Padcal, Tubod, Benguet (14,256 hectares cover the mine).  The operation covers two municipalities including Tube and Itogon.
People:
•  Padcal’s operation encroaches into the lands and  communities depriving them of their  rights to tenure and access to the use of natural resources in their own lands; and
• Mine tailings from Padcal mine considered to be toxic and hazardous find their way to the Agno river system.
• Benefits derived from Padcal mine’s operation benefits only the few workers in the mine camp.
Environment:
• Padcal mine’s mined-out areas become waste lands;
(Retrieved from: http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTPSD/Resources/Philippines/phil_CSR_Case_Studies.pdf)

This vicious company can be contacted at:
Philex Building
27 Brixton Street, Pasig City
Philippines 1600
P. O. Box 2398, MCPO, Makati City
Philippines 1200
(632) 631-1381 to 88
Email: philex@philexmining.com.ph
Website: http://www.philexmining.com.ph/

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BHP BILLITION

Is considered to be the biggest large scale mining corporation in the world today.  They have been operating for more than minerals such as Aluminum, Coal, Manganese, Petroleum and Uranium. Although they do not directly operate in the Philippine soil, they have a very strong interest for nickel in two regions – Mati, Davao Oriental, Mindanao and Sibuyan Island, Romblon.  The company works closely with a handful corporations like QNI, Asiaticus Management Corporation (Amcor), Pelican Resources Ltd, Sibuyan Nickel Properties Development Corporation Ltd. (SNPDC).  150 years and are alive in many parts of the globe (onshore and offshore) extracting various types of

They have mines and offices all over the world in all continents:

REGION

Corporate Offices

Assets

Operations


North America

– Saskatchewan, Canada- Houston, Texas- Pittsburg, Pennsylvania  -Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada;- Tucson, Arizona – Colorado Coal Mines
– A number of Petroleum mines in the Gulf of Mexico

 

South America

– Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Oriximina, Brazil- Sao Luiz, Brazil- Chile- Peru Coal mine in Colombia- Coal mine in Trinidad

 

North Africa

    – Berkine Basin, Algeria (Petroleum project)- Ohanet, Algeirs (Petroleum project)

South Africa

– Richards Bay, South Africa- Johannesburg, South Africa   ­- Coal mines in Nebo, South Africa

Middle East

Islamabad, Pakistan   – Zamzama, Sindh Province, Pakistan (Petroleum mines)

Australia

­- Perth – Townsville, Queensland (Base metals) – Offshore petroleum in West Australia and- Iron ore in Pilbara, Western Australia- Worsley, Western Australia mines – aluminum, nickel,- Uranium mines in south Australia in Adelaide and Olympic Dam- Petroleum mines in Otway Basin, Victoria and Bass Straight- Metallurgical coal in Sydney- Energy coal in Sydney and Muswellbrook, NSW- 9 Metallurgical coal mines in Queensland- Manganese in Northern Territory

Asia

– Singapore- Tokyo, Japan- Shanghai, China- New Delhi, India   – Has a very strong interest for nickel in in Pujada Bay, Mati, Davao Oriental and Sibuyan Island, Romblon Province
This corporation can be reached at:

AUSTRALIA

UNITED KINGDOM

ASIA

BHP Billiton LimitedBHP Billiton Centre180 Lonsdale StreetMelbourne Victoria 3000Phone: (61) 1300 55 47 57Fax: (61 3) 9609 3015Corporate Centres BHP Billiton PlcNeathouse PlaceLondon SW1V 1BHUnited KingdomPhone: (44 20) 7802 4000Fax: (44 20) 7802 4111 BHP Billiton Marketing Asia Pte Ltd10 Marina Boulevard, #50-01Marina Bay Financial Centre, Tower 2Singapore 018983Phone: (65) 6421 6000Fax: (65) 6421 700
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XTRATA QUEENSLAND LIMITED

This British-Swiss company started in the business in 1926; they are a diverse group of mining companies operating around the world in different stealth names. As the world’s 4th largest copper producer, they also invest in different minerals like alloys, coal, nickel, zinc and other minerals essential for infrastructure and technology building.  They have mines all across the globe. In Asia: Penang, Malaysia (Copper); Frieda River, Papua New Guinea (Copper); North America: San Jose, California, USA (Copper), Toronto, Canada (Copper) East Providence, Rhode Island, USA (Copper), Montreal, Canada (Zinc): Europe: Bremarhaven, Germany (Zinc), Ireland (Zinc), Spain (Zinc); South Africa: Witibank, Mpumalanga, South Africa (Alloys), Pilanesberg, South Africa (Alloys); Australia: Perth (Nickel), Newcastle, New South Wales (Nickel); South America: Central Cuervo, Aysen, Chile (Copper) and a handful of other mines in the same country; in Colombia (Coal), Dominican Republic (Coal); Brazil (Nickel).  In the Philippines, they work hand in hand with Sagittarius Mines, Incorporated in the Tampakan Copper-Gold project.  SMI is a Philippine-based affiliate of Xtrata Copper Australia – a commodity business unit in the major global diversified mining group of Xtrata PLC.  The company has a concession of about 10,000 hectares of land covering four provinces in South Cotabato.

One of the startling events that happened recently (just last October this year) is the death of the Italian priest Father Fausto Tentorio.  He has been living and working for a long time in South Cotabato as a priest, a community organizer, an indigenous people and farmers’ rights activist, and an anti-mining advocate.  He was gunned down several times last October 17, 2011 by an allegedly paid assassin who after shooting him, calmly walked and sped away with his motorbike.  Up until now, the case of Fr .Tentorio remains wispy.  Albeit the strong opposition of many grassroots groups against the Tampakan Copper-Gold project, Sagittarius Mines, Inc. still bangs on using the old hanky panky – educational support, community health and environmental programs, etc.

Besides this horrible incident, people fear that the proposed 10,000 hectare copper-gold open pit mine will overshadow the Marcopper tragedy in Marinduque.  The South Cotabato provincial government passed a law banning open pit mine (in 2010) because of its cataclysmic community and environmental impacts. For the time being, the company is bending its back a bit to give way for the ban to take effect  but despite that, still very persistent with their plan to continue the $5.9 Billion project.  Pro-development aggression politicians from the national government are pressuring the South Cotabato local government to change its law on open pit mines because according to them, the mining sector is in a ‘moribund state’.  If this company can creep in to the pockets of Philippine government officials, it will be the biggest in the history of Philippine mining and possibly the biggest disaster in Tampakan.  Threats posed to the community and environment includes the potential unleash of the project’s toxic wastes (1.1 billion metric tons) in six rivers and down to more than 100,000 of lush farmlands nourishing 1.2 million people in four provinces in 2 regions (Retrieved from: http://londonminingnetwork.org/2011/11/priests-murder-related-to-xstrata-mining-project/).  Added to that, the mine site will directly sit underneath a sub-faulting along the main South Cotabato fault line.  This can possibly trigger more earthquakes in Tampakan and will probably surpass the average 3.5 earthquakes per month which has a magnitude 5 + on the Richter scale (Lopez, 2011, para. 7).

This mega digger can be reached at:
Head Office                 
Xstrata plc
Bahnhofstrasse 2, PO Box 102
Zug, 6301
Switzerland
+41 41 726 6070
Email: info@xstrata.com
Web: webmaster@xstrata.com

Registered Office

4th Floor 25/27 Haymarket
London
SW1Y 4EN
Registered in England,
Company No: 04345939

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TVI PACIFIC

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the company subsidizes TVIRD or TVI Resource Development in the Philippines.  TVI Pacific is one of the bigwigs in the mining industry today and is listed in the Toronto Stock Exchange.  In the Philippines, the company focuses on the exploration and acquisition of resources such as copper and zinc.  They are eyeing to maximize their profits by exploiting the resources of their currently held Canatuan mine, Zamboanga; continuation of the Balabag project and the copper-gold project in Tamarok (also in Zamboanga).

The area has a history of gold panning starting in the 1980’s.  A lot of villagers mine for their livelihood but it was in the 1990’s when prospectors discovered an extensive field of gold-bearing boulders.  The first companies to set foot in the area were RV Bosque and Benguet Corporation.  In 1994, the TVIRD bought the MPSA permit from Benguet Corporation after a receiving strong opposition from the Subanon people (Indigenous inhabitants of the place), predating IPRA and befooling small scale miners in the area.  The mine, a total of 32, 400 hectares, is situated in Mt. Canatuan, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, a part of the Subanon’s ancestral domain.  When they faced the demand for FPIC, the company claimed that there’s no legal basis for them to obtain such consent from the Subanon people.  For years, the case has been intense because the Subanons were very persistent and along with them are outside support groups who pressured the company further. The process as expected had heaps of human rights abuses (reported violence and terror from the hired militaries), and environmental destruction.  In April 2007, after a series of heavy rains, the Sulphide dam of TVI collapsed and the rivers, streams and creeks and its embedded wildlife were literally ruined.  Locals, national groups and the international community pressured the Philippine government to pull the company out immediately.  However, in 2005, TVI officially re-opened the mine site to continue its operations.  Up until now, the Subanon tribe is still agitating for their right to self-determination and political autonomy (Indigenous system of governance).

TVI can be contacted at:
TVI Pacific Inc. – Head Office – Canada
Suite 2000, 736 – 6th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 3T7
Tel: (403) 265-4356
Fax: (403) 264-7028
Email: tvi-info@tvipacific.com

and

TVIRD Resource Development Phils. Inc. – Head Office – Philippines
22nd Floor, Equitable PCI Bank Tower
8751 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City,
Metro Manila, Philippines  1226
Tel: +63 2 728 8491
Fax: +63 2 728 8518

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RAPU RAPU PROCESSING, INCORPORATED

Like many other stealth names, Rapu Rapu Processing, Incorporated is another sneaky company that continues to profit from the onslaught of Rapu Rapu.  When Lafayette Mining Ltd was banned in 2006 due to the wicked results of their operation, they stood next in line.  This company is shared by KORES of South Korea, MSC or Malaysian Smelting Corporation of Malaysia, and LG International USA.  RRPI is the current mining operator in Rapu Rapu Island, Albay in Southern Luzon.  Their extraction includes copper, silver, zinc and gold.   They work together with Rapu Rapu Minerals, Incorporated (RRMI) in the project called “Rapu Rapu Pollymetallic Project”.  They are the largest private venture in Albay at the moment having US $100 Million investment.

In 2005, the notorious Australian company Lafayette Mining Ltd, had their mine tailings contaminate the Pagcolbon creeks, caused acid mine drainage in the area, and polluted the surrounding coastal areas. Added to that, the island toxification caused two incidents of fish kills in October 2005, almost killed children due to ingestion of intoxicated fishes, and one security guard killed a local resident, a case that is still unresolved up until now.  When the news came across, local groups and the international community got furious and protests sprang from all corners.  Because the story was able to resonate extensively and pressures from all sides squeezed the company, Lafayette Mining Ltd had to stop their operation.  At the moment, the Save Rapu Rapu Alliance, the Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF), and a handful of individuals like Dra. Regis, are actively campaigning against the continuance of the extraction because it simply brings nothing but desolation to Rapu Rapu’s people and environment.

RRMI / RRPI can be contacted at:

Rapu-Rapu Minerals Inc. / Rapu-Rapu Processing Inc.

Head Office: 8th Floor, The Linden Suites, San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center,
Pasig City Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone: (02) 638-2741

Legaspi Office: 4th Floor, Postal Bank Building
Legazpi City, Philippines
Phone: (052) 480-9700
Fax: (052) 480-9528

LG Electronics
201 James Record Rd
PO. Box 240007
Huntsville, Alabama 35813

MALAYSIAN SMELTING CORPORATION (MSC)
B-15-11, Block B, 15th Floor
Unit 11, Megan Avenue II
12 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(603) 2166 9260-1
(603) 2166 6599; www.msmelt.com

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MINDORO RESOURCES LTD

Is another Canadian Mining company that sucks resources for mega profit over people, culture and nature.  This company is operating for over 14 years now and targets to mine more nickel, cobalt and gold.  They are based in Edmonton, Canada and are financed by the International Finance Corporation (CA $ 2.1 Million) for the Agata Gold, Copper and Nickel Project in Surigao del Norte.

At the present, MRL operates in two major regions – Luzon and Mindanao.  In Luzon project is in Batangas.  It covers five areas namely Archangel, Calo, El Paso, Lobo and Talahib; in Central Philippines: Pan de Azucar in Pan de Azucar Island (up of Panay Island, and in Mindanao; Surigao: Agata Nickel Laterite, Agata Gold and Copper-Gold, and Tapian San Francisco which lies within the towns of Mainit and Malimono, Bolobolo prospect is approximately 40 km from Butuan City.

Like many remorseless titan corporations, MRL’s continuing occupation in these areas will undoubtedly cause social disparity and ecosystem breakdown.  In 2010, MRL received strong community opposition to their proposed project.  The MAMATFA (Mainit-Malimono Farmers Association) of Surigao del Norte, and the Mamanwa tribe (indigenous people of the area), publicly declared their rejection of the company.  MRL’s Agata project preys MAMATFA’s 350 hectare organic farm in Malimono, Mamanwa’s ancestral lands and the tectonic Lake Mainit, the second biggest lake in Mindanao.  Two spear headers of the campaign against MRL received threats from unknown hooligans in 2010; despite that, they are still firm in their stand against the corporation even if they know enough, that it may cost lives.  By mid 2011, one of them found a negotiating officer in his house trying to convince and bribe him.  The negotiator went home hopeless and up until now, MAMATFA keeps an eye of the company’s next possible move – land intrusion, bribery, deception, etc.  In Luzon, groups are also dynamic in opposing the company.  However, if MRL’s exploration in Batangas continues, an open pit mine will be set before us soon and everybody knows what’ll come after.

If you want to touch base with MRL, contact them at:

Canada – Registered Office: Mindoro Resources Ltd: Mindoro Resources Ltd.

Website:  http://www.mindoro.com
Email:    ir@mindoro.com
2200, 10235 – 101 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
Canada T5J 3G1
Toll Free: 1-877-413-8187 (North America only)

Melbourne Office:
Level 2
10-16 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000
Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9614 5055
Fax: +61 3 9614 4682
Contact: Jon Dugdale / Rob King

Philippines: MRL Gold Phils, Inc.
Unit 10B Alphaland Southgate Tower
2258 Chino Roces Avenue, corner EDSA
Makati City
Philippines 1231
Telephone:  632.552.2738-40
Fax:  632.552.1068


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APECO

is the acronym of Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority.  This project is spearheaded by the Angara clan – Bellaflor Angara-Castillo (Governor of Aurora) and Juan Edgardo Angara (Congressman of Aurora).  The project’s pre-development fund is not taken from the bank accounts of foreign investors but from a government fund whose origins are the taxes of the people – 332.5 Million Philippine pesos at the moment.  The Angaras maintain a political dynasty in Aurora up until now.  For ages, they have been active in promoting logging and urban sprawls in the region.

Starting as ASEZA (Aurora Special Economic Zone Act) in 2010, APECO is not a mining project but a commercialization program of Aurora province.  This corporate undertaking aims to build a seaport as gateway for international business affairs, hotels, club houses, waterfront promenade, residential housing, and a lot of commercial centers.  The conurbation covers 500 to 13, 852 hectares and will affect 3,000 families comprising mostly of farmers, fisherfolks and the Agta-Dumagat tribe of San Ildefonso Peninsula.   In 2010, farmers of Bianoan, Aurora showed damages the project brought to them – mangroves were destroyed, farmlands were demolished, etc.  Added to that, Fr. Talaban, a local priest and an active anti-APECO campaigner of Bianoan, Aurora, got his room bombed by unknown people in June 2010 and received death threat letters from the same men.  No one got hurt in the incident but it was clear though, that the event was initiated by hired assassins.  Despite the danger, Fr. Talaban is still very firm in resisting APECO.  He and a handful of farmers in Bianoan are still working to stop the further damage. They are working in all levels – from educating the Agta-Dumagat tribe of the potential devastation, grassroots campaigns, to road blocks, to the legal arena.

At the moment, APECO works on advancing their corporate agenda by attracting foreign investors to the region. Like any corporation, APECO cover their garbage by making it appear that there’s no resistance from the people at all. In addition, Ed Angara targets to increase the budget for APECO by 434 Million pesos to hasten the construction of their bases and commercial complexes in Aurora.  Groups who are against APECO show detailed information about the damages it brought and testimonies from farmers and indigenous people. Until now, they still continue to resist this corporate-government intrusion.

Their head office is at:

Makati – Main Office
2F SSS Makati Bldg., Ayala Avenue
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1226
Tel. No.: (+632) 813 4381 / (+632) 813 4384
Fax No.: (+632) 813 3674
Web: http://www.aurorapacific.com.ph/


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OCEANA GOLD

is one of the biggest gold producer in the gold-mine industry in the Philippines.  This Australian based company started in the late 1980’s and presently hold assets in New Zealand and Australia.  They currently have two open pit mines in Macraes and Reefton Goldfields, New Zealand,  and eyes to continue their dominance over their other mining concessions in the Asia Pacific.

In the Philippines, Ocean Gold is the posterior of Climax Arimco in the Kasibu, Didipio, Nueva Viscaya gold-copper mine project.  Climax Arimco is the previous mining operator in Didipio that was later bought by Oceana Gold.  They were granted 24,000 hectares in Didipio in 1989 within the ancestral lands of the Ifugaos (Indigenous people of the place).  Their large scale operation’s catch basin (mining waste dam) is exactly situated on the village of the Ifugaos and it required total removal of forest cover for extraction.  The lack of checkpoints for corporations like Climax Arimco-Oceana Gold had dire consequences on the rights of local communities and detriments the bio-region in horrible imagery.  Having faced strong opposition and continuing protests from the grassroots, the company introduced electricity and constructed new roads to clean up their mess. They later deployed militaries in the area to deal with the unrest which resulted to the demolition of a number of houses in Didipio.  When the news came across the international community, the company was pressed by international groups such as Oxfam Australia and national groups such as LRC-KsK, DESAMA, etc., which resulted to backing out of Didipio.   At the present, the assimilated Climax-Arimco is 100% owned by Oceana Gold.  The current company was funded $ 40 Million by Australia New Zealand Bank (ANZ) in 2008.  In 2009-2010, numerous testimonials from the locals of Didipio indicated that the company caused serious intra-community conflict amongst the Ifugaos.  There were also a number of isolated threats from their militias over the residents of the area such as evictions, bullying, and bribery.

Currently,  DESAMA, LRC-KsK, and a handful of other groups are actively resisting this corporate-project.  Oceana Gold currently holds high security measure of their concession in Didipio and eyes to re-open the mine by 2013 or 2014.  The potential desolation is just too overwhelming to let this company reign over the people, culture and ecology of Didipio.  Help stop this mining company from advancing their corporate goals.

Contact this Draconian:
OceanaGold Corporation
Level 5
250 Collins Street
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia
T: +61 3 9656 5300
F: +61 3 9656 5333
E: info@oceanagold.com
W: www.oceanagold.com

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RIO TUBA NICKEL MINING CORPORATION

Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) is one of the numerous mining companies operating in the Island of Palawan, Philippines.  The company is subsidized by Nickel Asia Corporation, the largest nickel mining company in the Philippines (a total of  4 operations in 14 areas) and one of the largest producer of lateritic nickel ore in the world.  In November 2010, Nickel Asia purchased concessions from Cordillera Exploration, Co., Inc. and Ango-American making their extractions more socially crippling and extensively destructive.

Rio Tuba Nickel Mining corporation has been operating in Rio Tuba since 1977 and have sold 60 million tonnes of ore from that point to 2010.  They have two facilities in the area – Hydrometallurgical processing and Plant complex.  At the moment, the nucleus company, Nickel Asia Corporation, aims to increase its production by maximizing the exploitation of minerals from their nickel mines in 14 places in the Philippines.

The continuing operation faced strong community and civil society opposition.  In 2010, Dr. Gerry Ortega, an aggressive anti-mining activist in Palawan, was gunned down in Puerto Princessa, Palawan. Dr. Gerry Ortega is one of 29 assassinated people under the Aquino administration, who campaigned against mining, and oil and gas extractions in the Philippines. This again, stimulated people’s angst and intensified the fury against the mining corporations and the Philippine government. Up until now, the case is still facing heaps of delayed due processes in the judiciary branch.  Right now, there are 11abandoned mining sites in the island, mostly in the southern part.  The walk away-after extraction behavior of mining companies effaced hundreds of forests, rivers, resulted to agro-fatal droughts, killed coral reefs, jeopardized people’s health and well being, and brought about the displacement of Indigenous peoples including the Tagbanua.

Palawan island is one of the most diverse ecological spots in the Philippines.  Because of its isolated location, the island is home to many endemic species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and coral reefs.   The island houses the world’s longest navigable underground river (8 kilometers) and has unrelenting idyllic coastlines.  For the time being, there are about 354 approved mining applications in Palawan.   Major companies include Macro Asia, Inc., Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation,  and Ipilan Nickel Corporation.  If mining companies carry on with their corporate agenda, the island’s extravagant ecosystem and its inhabitants will face their demise soon… Stop the peril!  support the campaign against the torture of Palawan.

 Contact this company:

6/F NAC Centre, 143 Dela Rosa corner Adelantado Streets,
Legaspi Village, Makati City,
Philippines.
Voice : +632 892.6669/892.4177
Fax : +632 892.534
Email: info@nickelasia.com
Web: http://www.nickelasia.com/

OTHER CORPORATIONS ATTACKING THE PHILIPPINES ARE:
CITINICKEL MINES AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

CORPORATE PROFILE: Oriental Peninsula Resources Group, Inc., through its subsidiary Citinickel Mines and Development Corp., engages in the exploration, development, and mining of nickel and other associated mineral properties in the Philippines.

The company explores for nickel, chromites, copper, manganese, magnesite, silver, gold, and other precious and non-precious minerals. It holds interests in the Pulot Mine, which covers an area of approximately 1,408 hectares located in the municipality of Sofronio Espanola, Palawan; and the Toronto Mine that covers an area of approximately 768 hectares situated in the municipality of Narra, Palawan.

OPERATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES: 

Toronto Mine. Narra, Palawan;

Pulot Mine. Española, Palawan

Brooke’s Point, Palawan

COMMUNITY AND ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS: 

Primary forest clearning and threats of Farmland eradication in Brooke’s Point, southern Palawan;  Clearing of mangrove forest to build an hauling port for the shipment of minerals; Evasion of FPIC to the Tagbanua community; Watershed (and other eco-sensitive areas) contamination threat; Strong opposition and massive protests by grassroots groups and their supporting NGO’s.Violation of illegal quarrying of sand and gravel for the construction of its office building in Narra;

PROJECT STATUS: CMDC is still in continuance of their grant for 25-year term to mine up to 2,176 hectares of three areas in central and southern Palawan.

CONTACT DETAILS:
Makati Office
81 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
Palanan, Makati City,
Philippines
Tel. No.: 889-1129; 889-1130; 889-1132;
Fax No.: 888-5253

PELICAN RESOURCES, INCORPORATED

CORPORATE PROFILE: 

Pelican Resources Limited (PEL) focuses on nickel, iron ore and gold exploration. The Company has several projects located in Western Australia and the Philippines. It is an Australian Junior Mining compant that subsidizes Bato Mining Resources, Inc. (formerly Sibuyan Nickel Properties Development Corporation) and works in a joint venture with All-Acacia Resources, Inc. in Sibuyan Nickel Project.

OPERATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES: 

Laterite Nickel Project: Two mine sites in the Municipality of San Fernando, Sibuyan Island, Romblon Copper-Gold Mabuhay project:  Surigao Del Norte.

COMMUNITY AND ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS: Armin Marin – an anti-mining activist in Sibuyan Island was gunned pointblank in a protest rally in front of the Mine site in October 2007. Intra-community tensions in San Fernando, Sibuyan Island which led to aggressive protests and demonstrations up until now. Threats of Indigenous people’s displacement, eviction of farmlands, contamination of the islands water systems, and loss of livelihood of locals.

 PROJECT STATUS:  Bato Mining Resources, under the dictates of  Pelican Resources, focuses on the Sibuyan laterite nickel project in Sibuyan, Island Romblon.  There are currently 3 mine sites in Sibuyan at the moment. 80% interest in MABUHAY PROJECT in Surigao del Norte. This is another project of this Megatron.  They are currently mining for copper and gold from the old Mabuhay Gold Mine and works with Sun Pacific Resources, Inc., Rugby Mining Limited (Canada), and All-Acacia Resources.

CONTACT DETAILS:
John Hills
Telephone: + 61 8 9242 1166
Facsimile: + 61 8 9242 5903
Mobile: 0408 949 625
Email: jhills@pelicanresources.com.au
Web: http://www.pelicanresources.com.au

ANGLO AMERICAN PLC

CORPORATE PROFILE: Claimed to be the 2nd world’s largest mining company. They have high-quality mining assets and natural resources and spans bulk commodities – iron ore and manganese, metallurgical coal and thermal coal; base metals – copper and nickel; and precious metals and minerals – in which it is a global leader in both platinum and diamonds. They operate in Africa, Europe, South and North America, Australia and Asia.

The UK-based company owns significant stakes in global producers of platinum (75% of Anglo Platinum) and diamonds (45% of De Beers S.A.).

 OPERATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES:  

Padcal project in in Tuba, Benguet, Cordillera Region

Boyongan Copper-Gold project in Surigao and Agusan

COMMUNITY AND ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS:  

Loss of farmlands by some residents in Anislagan due to  the venality of local inhabitants.  Intrusion of mining equipments in Barangay Anislagan in 2001 resulting tO violent confrontation and apparently, termination of the Kalayann Gold-copper project in the area. Tailings causes’ siltation, water contamination, threatened farmland water system, intrusion of operation without people’s consent led to serious trouble for the company.

PROJECT STATUS: Anglo-American had three projects in the Philippines in 2008 including Boyongan cooper project in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Norte boundaries, and in the Cordillera region.  A lot of the company’s mining concessions is now in joint ventures with other corporations such as Philex Mining Corporation,

CONTACT DETAILS: 

Headoffice:
London
20 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AN
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7968 8888

Australia
201 Charlotte Street
Brisbane
Queensland 4000
Telephone: +61 (7) 3834 1333
Website: www.angloamerican.com.au


ATLAS CONSOLIDATED MINING AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION


CORPORATE PROFILE: 
Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation (Atlas) was incorporated in 1935. Atlas is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) and was, until May 1995, listed on the American Stock Exchange (AMEX).
A major restructuring of the Company’s assets was undertaken in years 2004 and 2005 with the creation of three special purpose subsidiaries to develop the Toledo Copper Complex, Berong Nickel Project and the Toledo-Cebu Bulk Water and Reservoir Project. As a result, Carmen Copper Corporation (CCC), Berong Nickel Corporation (BNC) and AquAtlas Inc. (AI) were incorporated and, subsequently, were positioned to attract project financing as well as specialist management and operating expertise.

OPERATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES: 

Carmen Copper Project-Toledo Mine (Cebu City)

Berong Nickel Project – Quezon, Palawan

Toledo copper complex

COMMUNITY AND ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS:  August 1999: the company released 5.7 million cubic meters of acidic water in Sapang Daku (River) and into the open sea causing increased acidity of affected water bodies and eventually, fish kills.

PROJECT STATUS: 

Atlas currently holds two major projects namely Carmen Copper in Cebu and Berong Nickel in Palawan.  The company aims to dig more and explore gold minerals in Balamban, Cebu and San Miguel, Surigao del Sur. Added to that, they are contemplating on exploring 6 more areas for copper and gold in Davao Oriental and Compostella Valley, Mindanao.

CONTACT DETAILS:
9th Floor Quad Alpha Centrum Bldg.
125 Pioneer Street, Mandaluyong City
1554 Philippines
Telephone No.: 63 (2) 584-9788
Fax No.: 63 (2) 635-4495
Website: http://www.atlasphilippines.com
Email: info@atlasphilippines.com

PLATINUM GROUP METALS LTD.

CORPORATE PROFILE: An exploration and development stage Company conducting work on mineral properties it has staked or acquired by way of option agreements in Ontario, Canada and the Republic of South Africa

OPERATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES:  

Manticao, Misamis Oriental, Visayas Iligan City and Danao City, Cebu province, Visayas Taganito, Surigao del Norte, Mindanao

COMMUNITY AND ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS: 

Labor disputes among mining workers; Deleterious effects to community health and the environment; Consistent exporting of minerals leading to social disparity in host communities and ecological meltdown

PROJECT STATUS: PGMC is active in acquiring minerals from their sources and are actively exporting millions of tons of nickel ore to other countries.  They are one of the best sources of nickel ore of many countries outside the Philippines.

CONTACT DETAILS: 

Head Office – Platinum Group Metals Ltd:
Email: info@platinumgroupmetals.net
Address: Bentall Tower 5
Suite 328 – 550 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6C 2B5 Telephone: (604) 899-5450
Fax: (604) 484-4710
Toll Free: (866) 89

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