Mt Diwata Diwalwal

Monkayo, Compostela Valley

Mt. Diwata, popularly known as "Diwalwal" (which in the local dialect means one's tongue is hanging out due to exhaustion), is a 1,000-meter high range known for its rich gold ore deposit.

Mount Diwalwal is located in the Southeastern region of the Philippines. In 1982, the discovery of gold on this mountain triggered a gold rush to an area of 729 hectares. In the opinion of the De ...

partment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), it is 'the largest gold deposit in the world'.

An estimated $1.8 billion worth of gold reserves remain untapped in the 5,000-hectare mountain where some 30,000 small-scale miners operate, many illegally. The Naboc and Agusan rivers are grossly contaminated with mercury and cyanide from mining operations.

Mount Diwata Diwalwal News

  • Experts Declare Protected Areas Off-limits To Mining

    Experts Declare Protected Areas Off-limits To Mining

    Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu last Monday vowed to uphold at least one policy pronouncement made by his predecessor, Regina Paz L. Lopez declaring watersheds off-limits to mining operations.

    Watersheds are home to a diverse species of plants and animals, including those that are considered as site-endemic or unique to the Philippines some of which are situated within protected areas (PAs) under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (Nipas) Act.

    Definitely, there will be no mining in watersheds, Cimatu said during a news conference last Monday, where he again reiterated his ...

  • Ban on mercury use in PHL pushed

    Ban on mercury use in PHL pushed

    Philippine environmental justice group Ban Toxics (BT) partnered with Japan-based Advanced Industrial Science and Technology senior research scientist Dr. Satoshi Murao to raise concerns over the continued use of mercury in the Philippines.

    "Continuous use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining operations is guaranteed to contaminate the irrigation and water systems. This has a damaging effect on communities whose livelihood relies heavily on farming and fishing." said Murao.

    In a press statement shared by BAN Toxics! Communications and Media Manager Angelica Carballo-Pago, ...

  • Gold mining in Mt. Diwata earns new player

    Gold mining in Mt. Diwata earns new player

    Another mining company has joined the search for gold in the bowels of Mt. Diwata in Monkayo, Compostela Valley which has a gold deposit of $8 billion waiting to be tapped.

    Comval Tribal Resources Corporation (CTRC) is also seeking a partnership with local natives legally armed with government-issued Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) over large areas rich in gold and copper deposits in this mining village also called Diwalwal.

    CTRC has an initial operational budget of US$1 million, half of it for exploration expenses, according to the company which would join the search for go ...

  • Government losing in Diwalwal mines

    Government losing in Diwalwal mines

    Government mining officials want to review service contracts and agreements with companies operating in the gold-rich Barangay Diwalwal in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

    Officials from Region 11's Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the National Task Force Diwalwal revealed that the government earned little either because mining firms have folded up or have failed to properly account its remittances.

    Engineer Fedeliz Echavez of NTFD said that only one of the four companies that entered into joint operating venture agreement (JOA) with the government's Philippine Mineral Development Council (PM ...

  • Mandaya Tribe vs Philippine Mining Development Corporation

    Indigenous people mostly belonging to the Mandaya community here were enraged over the cease and desist order (CDO) issued by the Philippine Mining Development Corporation (PMDC) to stop mining operation within the Tribal Mining Area.

    On June 25, Friday they hold a sort of rally along the road at Sitio Mibatas brandishing their traditional hunting gears ??" spears and arrows, while wearing the Mandaya distinctive red garb.

    Members of the Mandaya community in Upper Ulip organized a Panawag-tawag ritual officiated by a "baylan" (shaman) who appealed to diwatas to protect TRIMA from intrude ...

  • Mining Threatens Lake Mainit 4th Largest Freshwater Lake In PH

    Mining Threatens Lake Mainit 4th Largest Freshwater Lake In PH

    Mineral explorations and mining activities are threatening the biodiversity of the Philippines' fourth largest and Mindanao's second largest freshwater lake, Lake Mainit, which is being shared by the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte. Lake Mainit, located in the northeastern part of the southern Philippines, also carries the distinction of being the deepest lake in the country with maximum depth of 223 meters.

    It has a total area of about 17,060 hectares and its lakeshore has total length of 62.10 kilometers, which is being shared by 31 barangays of the Surigao del Norte ...