Semirara Island

Caluya, Antique

Semirara Island has an area of 55 square kilometres, and is home to the Panian Mine, a vast open-pit coal mine in operation since 1999, and the Unong Mine (in production from 1984 to 2000).

Caluya is a first class municipality in the province of Antique, Philippines. The municipality consists of three major islands, Semirara, Caluya, and Sibay, as well as several minor islets, namel ...

y, Liwagao, Nagubat, Panagatan, Sibato and Sibolo all located in the Tablas Strait between Mindoro and Panay islands. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 30,046 people.  Wiki

Semirara Island News

  • DENR To Send Team To Check On Semirara

    DENR To Send Team To Check On Semirara

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is sending a team in Semirara Island, Caluya town, Antique to validate the explanation of the country's largest coal producer on major concerns raised by DENR Secretary Gina Lopez.

    Jonathan Bulos, Western Visayas regional director of Environmental Management Bureau, an attached agency of DENR, confirmed the sending of the team.

    The DENR Central Office issued a show-cause order against Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC), a subsidiary of DMCI Holdings, Inc.

    SMPC was asked to explain why its Environment Compliance Certificate ...

  • Lopez Stops Operations Of 2 More Mining Firms

    Lopez Stops Operations Of 2 More Mining Firms

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) stopped the operations of two more companies amid the ongoing audit, with the list of suspended Philippine mining operations already amounting to ten.

    DENR Secretary Gina Lopez said the Mining Audit Team of the DENR recommended the suspension of two more mining companies both based in Eastern Samar ??" EMIR Mineral Resources Corp. and Mt. Sinai Mining Exploration Corp.

    "The audit report of our team is recommending suspension. Tomorrow [Friday], we will issue an order to these firms," Lopez said.

    Leo Jasareno, DENR undersecret ...

  • Time To Act Is Now On Energy Transformation

    What could possibly be so urgent and life-threatening to drive leaders of people from a small and barely reachable island off the coast of Mindoro to leave their homes and travel 285 kilometers by land and sea over the period of five days just to reach Metro Manila? On November 27, a day before the biggest climate justice march in the country, they have reach the Presidential Palace.

    If Semirara sounds like a familiar name to you then chances are you may have heard about the island on the news and are familiar with its single greatest threat: coal. 97% of the country's locally-produced coal ...

  • Semirara Residents Call For End To Coal Mining

    Semirara residents have united to call for an end to coal mining on the Island.

  • Semirara bags Asean award for clam hatchery

    Semirara bags Asean award for clam hatchery

    Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) was named first runner-up in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) category of the 2015 Asean Energy Awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    The company won for its reef rehabilitation efforts in Semirara Island. The rehab project involves spawning and reseeding endangered giant clams through its Marine Hatchery Laboratory.

    Reseeded giant clams promote diversity where they live as they attract corals, fishes and smaller marine biota.

    These giant clams also clean their environment when they sip in seawater for food and then release clean, clear wate ...

  • Antique board continues to investigate Semirara mining pit collapse

    Antique board continues to investigate Semirara mining pit collapse

    The Antique provincial board is still pursuing its own investigation over the collapse of the Semirara Mining and Power Corp. Panian Pit despite the reported lifting of the suspension order of the Department of Energy (DOE).

    Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Officer Broderick Train said the concerned local agencies that would be called upon by the board's investigating committee are gathering information to be presented during the hearing.

    He said the investigation is intended for the province to be able to come up with certain local policies that would pr ...