OceanaGold Philippines

Vizcaya gov still opposes Didipio

Manila Standard

Brenda Jocson

Screen Shot 2021 05 06 at 01.14.15Nueva Vizcaya Governor Carlos Padilla on Friday reiterated his opposition to the renewal of the mining contract of OceanaGold Philippines Inc. in his province, saying even President Rodrigo Duterte expressed concern over the gold-copper mine’s resumption of operations. We strongly oppose the renewal of the FTAA (Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement) of OceanaGold. We believe that the protection of the environment is more paramount than the interest of OGPI,” said Padilla in a text message.

“No less than President Duterte expressed this concern when he visited Cagayan Valley immediately after typhoon Ulysses,” he added.
The governor was responding to the November 7 press release of OGPI, saying the firm will soon finalize the renewal of its FTAA with concerned government offices.

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Vizcaya governor asks Rody to end 2 mine operations

Manila Standard

Brande Jocson

Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 23.56.30Nueva Vizcaya Governor Carlos Padilla reiterated his province’s opposition to the mining operations of Oceanagold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) and FCF Minerals Inc., telling President Rodrigo Duterte he should not renew the contract of the firms to run the Didipio and Runruno mines here.
In a letter to the President dated Dec. 9, 2020 and co-signed by Bayombong Catholic Bishop Jose Elmer Mangalinao and Bishop Joseph Agpaoa of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines North Luzon Jurisdiction, Padilla asked the President not to renew the Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) of the government with OceanaGold.

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No renewal for Didipio Mines

Manila Times

Leander C. Domingo

Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 23.56.30The municipal government and the indigenous people community are strongly against the mining license renewal of Australian mining firm, OceanaGold (Philippines), Inc. or OGPI. The Nagtipunan municipal government led by Vice Mayor Amel Fiesta expressed support for the Bugkalot-Ilongot tribe’s claim of ancestral domain ownership over the area being mined OceanaGold. OceanoGold’s financial and technical assistance agreement (FTAA) is set for renewal. Led by its overall chieftain Rosario Camma, more than 6,000 individuals belonging to the Bugkalot-Ilongot tribe has earlier appealed to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte through a petition not to renew the FTAA of OceanaGold because of its “blatant disregard” of the ancestral domain right of the indigenous peoples (IP).


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Reclaim Your Rights: Defend Indigenous People’s Lands


Beverly L. Longid

Screen Shot 2021 05 05 at 23.43.17Indigenous Peoples, advocates and members of IPMSDL call for continuing struggle for self-determination to combat  imperialist plunder and state-terror. Credit: Carlo Manalansan, International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) Rights are earned through hard-fought struggles. And for Indigenous Peoples (IP), its fulfillment comes from the collective and continuous defense of ancestral land and territory, and assertion of their ways of life and the right to self-determination. As the pandemic ravages and the global crisis deepen, the world’s superpowers and the oppressive governments and systems continue to intensify widening inequality. Exacerbated neglect and discrimination to their access to health and basic services has been a grave threat to the 476 million Indigenous Peoples across the globe — the tip of the iceberg of today’s social and economic inequities.

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