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Philex Mining allowed to resume Padcal operations 2 years after tailings leak

ON AUG. 1 last year, Tailings Storage Facility No. 3 of Philex Mining Corp. in Itogon, Benguet, leaked and spilled 20 million metric tons of silt into the Balog Creek and Agno River. As of late April, Philex officials said cleanup in the creek was 98-percent complete. RICHARD BALONGLONG

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau has allowed Philex Mining Corp. to finally resume its operations in its Padcal mine in Benguet, roughly two years after the company was slapped with a cease and desist order.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Town, fishermen demand P132M for damage from 2013 oil spill

Philippine Navy divers retrieve a body from the waters off the coast of Talisay city, Cebu province, in central Philippines Saturday Aug. 17, 2013, a day after a passenger ferry MV Thomas of Aquinas collided with a cargo ship Sulpicio Express Siete. AP FILE PHOTO

The Cordova municipal government and a group of fishermen are seeking about P132 million in damage payment from the owners of two vessels that last year collided and leaked oil, polluting the town’s marine environment.

Posted: August 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Cebu town files P213-M damage suit vs 2 shipping firms over 2013 oil spill

A boy (bottom left) holds two oil-coated bagasi, salt water eels, which thrives in Cordova town, Mactan  Island Cebu. Oil spill is seen in the waters near the shore of Mactan Isldan. Photo from the Office of Cebu Rep. Luigi Quisumbing

The Cordova municipal government and fisherfolk groups filed on Thursday a multi-million-peso damage suit against the owners of two sea vessels that collided and leaked oil in 2013, damaging the town’s marine environment.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

What happened to SC order to save Manila Bay?


Six years after the Supreme Court issued a landmark order for 13 government agencies to rid Manila Bay of trash and other pollutants, significant results have yet to be achieved, according to the government body coordinating the cleanup efforts.

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Solon facing water pollution case blames DPWH


The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has been implicated in the Santo Tomas watershed controversy for which a Baguio lawmaker faces charges for polluting a city water source.

Posted: August 1st, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »