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Fishers wage war for hidden paradise

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Fisherman Levi Lalim had problems up to his knees when large mining firms filled the corals in Pulangdaga, Paracale, Camarines Norte, with mine tailings, killing his only source of livelihood.  RIO PALIZA/CONTRIBUTOR

Hope springs eternal even under the mine tailings. Levi Lalim, 55, fisherman and leader of his Paracale town’s Samahan ng mga Mangingilaw, is doing his best to save about 40 hectares of coral reef and mangrove forest submerged under red contaminated mud spewed out by mining facilities owned by three Chinese mining firms in Sitio (settlement) Pulangdaga in Barangay (village) Bagumbayan.

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

MGB sees no resistance to closure of Paracale illegal mines

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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (MGB-DENR) in Bicol said there has been no resistance to an order to shut down illegal mining operations in Paracale but a group which said they represent small-scale miners in the town said otherwise.

Posted: December 6th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Bodies of 3 trapped miners in Paracale retrieved

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Authorities have recovered the bodies of all three small-scale miners trapped inside two 20-meter-deep pits that were swamped by seawater last week in Barangay (village) Palanas in Paracale town in Camarines Norte.

Posted: November 27th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Crisscrossing tunnels found in Paracale

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A BOY plays with a banca in Barangay Palanas, a seaside mining community, in Paracale, Camarines Norte, seemingly oblivious of the mining disaster and retrieval operation in one of the thatched structures that house mining pits behind him. JONAS CABILES SOLTES/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

Unabated diggings of crisscrossing tunnels by miners seeking gold ore deposits in Paracale, Labo and Jose Panganiban in Camarines Norte are invitations to major disasters during extreme weather conditions, said Gilbert Gonzales, regional executive director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Posted: November 23rd, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Miner who died in Camarines Norte identified

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One of the miners who died in a mining pit that collapsed in Paracale town in Camarines Norte early this week was identified Friday.

Posted: November 23rd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

3 miners die as pit collapses in Paracale

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Paracale, Camarines Norte

Three small-scale miners in Barangay (village) Palanas in Paracale, Camarines Norte died when the seaside pit where they were looking for gold ores collapsed Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine National Police said on Wednesday.

Posted: November 22nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Paracale mining: A way of life, death

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PARACALE town in Camarines Norte, as seen atop a hill where small-scale miners operate.

For some residents, Paracale is like Endora in Johnny Depp’s movie “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” It is a place where people are busy, yet nothing much happens.

Posted: July 11th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Gov stops Paracale small-scale mining

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A day after two miners drowned in a seaside mining pit in Paracale town in this province, Governor Edgardo Tallado asked the police to shut down all illegal mining operations there amid some misgivings.

Posted: January 30th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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