Local communities want South Cotabato mining ban lifted

Ethnic Blaans and thousands of rice farmers in South Cotabato province were elated with current consultations on mounting public clamor to lift a provincial ban on mining activities......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 21st, 2021

South Cotabato plans more pounds for stray dogs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 November) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is planning to establish additional dog impounding facilities to address concerns on the proliferation of abandoned and stray dogs in local communities.                 Dr. Flora Bigot, head of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVET), said […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

Court rejects petition to revoke South Cotabato’s ban on open-pit mining

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 17 October) — Days after the revival of the Tampakan Forum, an umbrella organization opposing the controversial Tampakan copper-gold project pursued by Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI), the group scored a victory after a local court here dismissed a petition by pro-mining groups to revoke the ban on open-pit mining which South […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Church-led Tampakan Forum revived to oppose Tampakan mining project

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 10 October) –  After almost a decade of inactivity, the local Catholic church and allied groups have revived the Tampakan Forum to ignite a “systematic and sustained” opposition against the controversial Tampakan Project, Southeast Asia’s largest undeveloped copper and gold minefield in South Cotabato. Marbel Bishop Cerilo Casicas said they decided […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 12th, 2020

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake rattles southern Philippines

MANILA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 rattled Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines on Saturday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The institute said the quake, which occurred at 2:25 p.m. local time (0625 GMT), hit at a depth of 62 km, about 11 km northwest of South Upi town. The tremor was also felt in nearby cities of Cotabato,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 13th, 2022

SoCot guv vetoes open-pit mining ordinance

KORONADAL CITY - South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. has vetoed the amended Environment Code Ordinance that sought to lift the open-pit mining ban in the province.In a press conference Friday, Tamayo said he was quite surprised that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) "quickly" approve.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 4th, 2022

2 injured in bus explosion in southern Philippines

MANILA, May 26 (Xinhua) -- An improvised explosive device went off on a running bus in the southern Philippine South Cotabato province on Thursday, injuring at least two people, police said. Police said the explosion ripped through the rear section of the bus which was traveling along a busy street in Koronadal City around 12:30 p.m. local time. The explosion injured two tricycle drivers traveling near th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 26th, 2022

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1015 GMT, May 26

MANILA -- An improvised explosive device went off on a running bus in the southern Philippine South Cotabato province on Thursday, injuring at least two people, police said. Police said the explosion ripped through the rear section of the bus which was traveling along a busy street in Koronadal City around 12:30 p.m. local time. (Philippines-Bus Explosion) - - - - TOKYO -- Attempts to raise a sunke.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 26th, 2022

De Lima kinastigo operasyon mining sa South Cotabato

Binatikos ni Senadora Leila de Lima ang pag-alis ng provincial ban sa open-pit mining sa South Cotabato na siyang makakaapekto umano sa kalikasan at sa mga tao sa komunidad. The post De Lima kinastigo operasyon mining sa South Cotabato first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2022

South Cotabato mayor vows to fire LGU workers who refuse COVID-19 jabs

UPDATED KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 5 August) – A town mayor in South Cotabato has vowed to dismiss local government employees who will refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) even as the Department of Health (DOH) announced on the same day that the “No vaccine, no work” policy is not allowed. Mayor […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Mindanao mining firms extend calamity, education support to local communities

Two mining outfits planning to operate in two southern towns were featured by regional media this week for humanitarian activities that beneficiaries want other companies to emulate......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2021

PSEi gets lift from end of mining ban

Local shares gained more ground yesterday, lifted by mining stocks which cheered the news that government is now allowing new mining projects after a nine-year ban, traders said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

2 drug suspects with links to terrorist groups slain

Two drug suspects with links to local terrorist groups were killed in alleged shootouts with law enforcers in South Cotabato and Tawi-Tawi on Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2021

Coffin stored in break room as Los Angeles funeral home overwhelmed

A corpse in the break room. Embalmed bodies in the garage.  During AFP’s visit, a casket topped with a small wreath of flowers occupied the funeral home employee break room beyond the front desk Boyd Funeral Home, a small family business in Los Angeles, is so overflowing with Covid-19 victims it has begun turning away customers for the first time in its history. “The weekend before I turned down 16 families that I couldn’t do services for,” said owner Candy Boyd.  “It’s sad. But that’s pretty much how it is now.” In the past two weeks, as coronavirus has slammed Los Angeles, some 80 percent of the deceased passing through her doors died from Covid. One-in-10 residents of the nation’s second largest city has been infected since the pandemic began, with nearly 300 people dying daily last week as the virus surges. At Boyd’s reception desk, the phones keep ringing, mostly going unanswered as her overwhelmed staff have abandoned setting appointments and now tell customers to just show up and get in line. She is even receiving calls from desperate families in other counties more than an hour’s drive away.  Many hospital morgues are also full, with local coroners using refrigerated trucks to accommodate the victim load and some cemeteries warning of two week waiting lists. “Things are getting more and more out of control,” said Boyd. During AFP’s visit this week, a casket topped with a small wreath of flowers occupied the employee break room beyond the front desk. It had been there for a week. “This room is our lunch area, however, we are having to use this room for space for caskets,” said the owner. “We’ve done the services but the cemetery is so backed up… we have to hold them here until they have time to do the burial.” – Bodies in the garage – Like much of surrounding South Los Angeles, the Westmont neighborhood is mainly inhabited by Black and Latino working class communities living in densely populated homes. These demographics have been hit particularly hard by Covid, with mortality rates two or three times higher than nearby affluent communities. Boyd’s funeral home cold storage room has been consistently full. Two weeks ago, Boyd brought in craftsmen to erect two large wooden structures in the company’s garage to store embalmed bodies. “He hasn’t even gotten a chance to really finish because we needed (to store) these,” she said, pointing to corpses wrapped in body bags lying on the rough shelves. “I would never imagined having to build that in my wildest dreams.” Some funeral homes have reported a shortage of coffins due to lack of wood, though Boyd’s supplier has kept up with orders so long as they are placed early enough. – ‘Nightmares’ – Worried about her five staff catching the virus at the start of the pandemic, Boyd initially refused to accept Covid victims. “I was having nightmares. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep,” she recalled.  Boyd has since created safety protocols and now feels comfortable dealing with the influx, although she insists it is “not about the money.” “It’s about helping families and helping them get through this crisis,” she said. “It takes a toll on me every day, I’m dealing with this,” Boyd added. “And I have to keep a stolid face because I have to be there for the family.”  Sometimes, customers are people she has long known personally. Other times, Boyd encounters families who still refuse to wear masks or respect physical distance, even as they make arrangements to bury their loved ones.  “The numbers don’t lie. It’s true. It’s real,” said Boyd of the disease. Cases in California have more than doubled since early December to 2.8 million. “If you don’t take it serious,” she warned an AFP journalist, “you could be one of the people that are in my back row back there, you know!”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJan 17th, 2021

Blaans favor copper, gold extraction in South Cotabato

Roel Apas is a college professor who is so proud of having finished college with the help of a mining outfit in Tampakan, South Cotabato......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2020

5 IS-linked terrorists slain in South Cotabato

A suspected leader of an Islamic State-inspired local terror group and four others were killed during a raid in Polomok town, South Cotabato early yesterday morning......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

6 alleged Islamic State followers killed in South Cotabato clash

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 13 November) – Six alleged members of an Islamic State-inspired local terror group were killed in an encounter with government troops early Friday morning in Polomolok, South Cotabato, police said. Col. Jemuel Siason, South Cotabato police chief, said two policemen were also wounded in the encounter in Barangay Koronadal Proper in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 13th, 2020

South Cotabato to expand palay subsidy program next year

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 November) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is planning to expand the implementation next year of its subsidized buying scheme for palay to accommodate more local farmers. Dr. Raul Teves, head of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, said they are currently finalizing the implementing policies of its […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

Hongkong Land remains confident in the real estate market of the Philippines

Hongkong Land is committed to our promises of building lasting value and bringing world-class development to the Philippines, as the company envisions communities that will enhance the environment, champion local passions, and power economic growth.  Mr. Tan Wee Hsien, Director and Head of Development Property of Hongkong Land, South Asia, said, “With the Philippines being one of the fastest […] The post Hongkong Land remains confident in the real estate market of the Philippines appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2020

DOCUMENT (Tampakan mining): RTC decision upholding South Cotabato’s ban on open-pit mining

DOCUMENT (Tampakan mining): RTC decision upholding South Cotabato’s ban on open-pit mining.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 26th, 2020

Christmas 2020 for workers and farmers

HOTSPOT Tonyo Cruz Two things workers are looking forward to at the end of each year are the 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus. And it seems about two million workers may not get any 13th month pay at all, if the Duterte government would have its way. The reason? Because of the pandemic. In reaction, Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson Elmer Labog  issued his shortest statement yet this year, unable to hide labor’s frustration: “It is the government’s responsibility to bail out MSMEs in times of emergencies.” Indeed, it is the state’s obligation to support and prop up micro, small and medium-scale enterprises especially now in the time of pandemic. By saying MSMEs could dispense with the 13th month pay, the government is practically passing on its responsibility to MSMEs. Workers continue to give their share through the cheap, underpaid and overstressed labor power that makes sure MSMEs continue to function and perform their role as main engines of the economy. The government must do its job: Bail out the MSMEs. It is quite surprising that the Duterte government seems disinterested in bailing out MSMEs, considering the avalanche of news about the borrowings here and there. According to Sonny Africa, executive director of the think-tank Ibon Foundation, the borrowings has reached a historic high: “It took 118 years for the country’s debt to reach P6.1-trillion in 2016. President Duterte is taking just six years to more than than double that to P13.7-trillion in 2022.” Again, the reason for the borrowing has been “because of the pandemic.” Regardless of where the money goes, and whether or not MSMEs and workers received only a drop from it, they would pay the entire debt through more and higher taxes for years to come. Workers are not asking for something they have not earned through hard work. They earned that 13th month pay. It is not an optional thing. It is part of the law. The pandemic should oblige the state to bail out our MSMEs to enable them to fully function, and to give the workers’ their due under the law. Workers have given and lost a lot because of the pandemic. Workers have not asked for free rides to work, but the government fails to provide adequate and safe mass transport. Workers have asked for free mass testing in their companies and communities, but the government has other ideas. Workers and their families would have fared better with unemployment benefits amid the dismal pandemic response of government, but it seems the same government wishes to push them instead to pawnshops and loan sharks. We haven’t even factored in the laid-off, underemployed and unemployed workers, as well as the undetermined number of overseas Filipino healthcare workers stranded in the country since April. They all don’t wish to be “patay-gutom” and “pala-asa”.  They don’t wish to stay unemployed and be dependent on aid. They are ready to work and earn their keep. But since the president made policy decisions affecting their ability to obtain work, it is the government’s obligation to bail them out as well. The situation of our nation’s farmers is no different. For instance, rice farmers continue to produce our national staple. The pandemic made even worse the effects on them of the combined power of policies such as rice tarrification, the stranglehold of Big Landlords, the vast influence of rice cartels, and the continued operation of illegal rice importers. Price monitoring by Bantay Bigas and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas reveals the outrageously low palay prices nationwide, which means ruin to our nation’s rice farmers: Negros Occidental and Bicol region P10; Capiz P10-P11; Caraga P11; Tarlac P11-12; Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija P11-13; Camarines Sur P11.50-14; Bulacan and Mindoro P12; Isabela P12-P13.50; Pangasinan P12-P12.30; Antique P12.50; Agusan del Sur P13; Davao de Oro P13.14; Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and South Cotabato P13.50; North Cotabato P14; and Lanao del Norte P15. If you look at it, plantitos and plantitas today pay 20 to 50 times more for ornamental plants, compared to the prices traders and the NFA offer to our farmers. According to Bantay Bigas and KMP, the government procures way less than 20 percent of the produce of rice farmers.  And then we hear that the NFA would rather import rice from other countries, at pandemic-affected prices at that. Without any state intervention, by way of NFA buying rice farmers’ produce at P20 per kilo, and providing loans to farmers, there could be worse rural poverty in the coming months and years. Between our workers and farmers, their families have been made to sacrifice a lot since March, with prices of basic goods spiking, with new and higher expenses arising from online classes for the children. There cannot be no aid for them.  Neither should workers and farmers shoulder the burden of the failure or refusal of government to provide funding for bailouts sorely needed by MSMEs, and be forced to accept new national debts to pay for policies such as rice tarrification and importation. The government knows the scale of the problem. The Department of Labor and Employment says 13,127 companies have either laid off workers or permanently closed. The response cannot be “pass the burden to workers”. The answer should be: “the state must do everything to rescue the companies and the workers.” OFWs across the world should be familiar with bailouts and economic protections because of the pandemic. Many countries that host OFWs enacted huge bailouts and stimulus to their economies, partly so that migrant labor could continue to be employed. They enjoy health insurance, and special COVID19 coverage. Governments handed out checks to both citizens and companies. Is it too much to ask that the same be done in our own country? Or do Filipinos have to go abroad to experience such social and economic protections?.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020