“If our local government permits this, it is a downright and deliberate attack to our economic right as small-scale miners. “
“In the public hearing, we strongly opposed the entry of Nadecor and its planned operations here. Now, we’re surprised why this resolution is approved through a special session.” — Rogelio Simbajon, a small-scale miner in Pantukan town By ALEX D. LOPEZ Davao Today PANTUKAN, Compostela Valley, Philippines — Around 50 small-scale miners mostly from Gumayan…
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
“How can they say that they are for peace and development when they are terrorizing us?”
By JOHN RIZLE SALIGUMBA
Small-scale miners grapple with the impact of landslides and the government’s demolition order.
By MARYA SALAMAT
“Small-scale mining is not the only cause, and is not even the biggest cause, of the destruction of Pantukan’s erstwhile forest lands… large-scale commercial logging operations since the 50s and large-scale mining operations of the past 30 years have massively denuded the mountains of Compostela Valley.”
By CHERYLL D. FIEL
Residents of Pantukan, a coastal town in Compostela Valley province, are locked in battle against two large-scale mining companies attempting to wrest full control of the area’s mineral resources. They also bewail the unfair advantage the government gives to these companies at the expense of small-scale miners.