Didipio River

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Environmental groups said the Didipio River in Nueva Vizcaya is "biologically dead," and they are blaming the operation of a copper and gold mine in the area for the tragedy.

Clemente Bautista, national coordinator of Kalikasan-People's Network for the Environment, said the main river in Barangay Didipio where Oceana Gold Corp., operator of the Didipio mines, allegedly release its m ...

ine effluents, is now emitting foul odor.

The thick, orange-brown siltation and the disappearance of aquatic resources??"such as water snails, shrimps, carp, mud fish and other local species that used to populate the river??"are indications that the river is dying, if not already dead, Bautista said.

According to Bautista, who took part in the National Fact-Finding and Solidarity Mission, led by Defend Patrimony! Alliance, along with Alyansa ng Nagkakaisang Vizcayanos Para sa Kalikasan, they have discovered a Pandora's box of ecological destruction and resource plunder across three big mining companies in the Nueva Vizcaya province.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has blamed small-scale mining operations as the culprit behind the chemical contamination of rivers in the province.

Didipio River News

  • IRF and Oceanagold restore Region 2 river basins

    IRF and Oceanagold restore Region 2 river basins

    A river foundation in collaboration with an Australian mining firm commercially operating in the province launched "Project We Build," with the goal of promoting the sustainable restoration and management of river basins destroyed by illegal small scale mining operations in the Cagayan Valley region.

    In this project, also called "Water and Environment: Building Unity for Inclusive Living and Development," OceanaGold (Phils.) Inc. has partnered with International River Foundation (IRF), affected communities and non-government organizations.

    IRF and OceanaGold officials said the degradatio ...

  • Green groups want OceanaGold to account for environmental human rights violations

    Green groups want OceanaGold to account for environmental human rights violations

    Anti mining groups in the Philippines found a strong ally in the Action for Peace and Development in the Philippines (APDP), an advocacy group based in Australia, in demanding OceanaGold to account for the Didipio mine in Kasibu, Nueva Viscaya.

    Members of the APDP recently conducted a fact-finding mission to verify reports of the impact of the company's operation in the area.

    During the mission, the APDP, along with local groups that include Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, Agham, Amianan Salakniban, Alyansa ng Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan, and the Cordillera Peoples Alliance f ...

  • Government relaxes mining policy allows expansion of existing mineral contracts

    Government relaxes mining policy allows expansion of existing mineral contracts

    The government is allowing mining companies faced with depleting reserves to expand their contract areas.

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has issued Department Administrative Order 2014-06, which amends the implementing rules of Executive Order No. 79.

    To recall, President Benigno Aquino III issued EO 79 two years ago to institute reforms in the mining sector. The order met with protest among mining companies, with the government revising it to align with existing law.

    Among the Palace order's provisions is a restriction in the expansion of existing contract ...

  • OceanaGold permit for Mindanao mine site renewed

    OceanaGold permit for Mindanao mine site renewed

    Australian miner OceanaGold Corp. has received the renewal of its exploration permits for its Paco tenement in northeastern Mindanao.

    In statement, the company said it is now preparing to conduct a geophysical survey of the area to identify buried gold-copper porphyry systems and determine the economic value of the deposits.

    OceanaGold operates the Didipio copper-gold mine in Nueva Vizcaya under a financial and technical assistance agreement (FTAA) with the government but is also pre-developing other mineralized prospects, among which are tenements in the Surigao Peninsula.

    The compan ...

  • OceanaGold advances timetable for shift to underground production in PH mine

    OceanaGold advances timetable for shift to underground production in PH mine

    OceanaGold Corp has updated its production estimates for the Didipio copper-gold project in Nueva Vizcaya.

    Mick Wilkes, managing director and chief executive officer of the Australian company, said the updated technical report shows a potential increase in metal production and efficiency at the Philippine mine.

    "With the update to the technical report now complete and delivering very positive results, we continue to effectively execute on our strategy to maximize value from our existing assets," he said.

    The report demonstrates the robust operational and economic attributes of "this v ...

  • Didipio Mine unveils water treatment facility

    Didipio Mine unveils water treatment facility

    An Australian mining firm, which runs the Didipio Mine in this upland town, has commissioned the operation of a $6.1-million water-treatment facility at the project site.

    "For a large-scale mining project like Didipio Mine, employing a water-treatment plant equipped with clarifying systems is environmentally necessary," said Ramoncito Gozar, OceanaGold (Philippines) Inc. (Ogpi) senior vice president for Communications and External Affairs.

    "Low-quality water gets extracted and treated then eventually, after the cleaning process, the already-clean water is recycled back to the ecosystem w ...