Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Ramon Paje: That Pres. Aquino Cancel the FTAA of SMI-Xstrata Tampakan Mining Project
  • Petitioned Secretary Ramon Paje

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Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
Secretary Ramon Paje
Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)
Dir. Leo Jasareno
Environmental Management Bureau
Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Ramon Paje: That Pres. Aquino Cancel the FTAA of SMI-Xstrata Tampakan Mining Project

    1. Fr. Oliver Castor, CSsR
    2. Petition by

      Fr. Oliver Castor, CSsR

      Quezon City, Philippines

Despite the existing ban on open pit mining issued by the local government unit of South Cotabato, the residents and indigenous peoples community are still under grave threat from the world's fouth largest copper producer Xtrata Copper and its Philippine contractor Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) Philippines.

This is because of the existence of the Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) signed by the Office of the President that allows SMI to large-scale exploration, development and utilization of an estimated average of 360,000 ounces of gold and 375,000 tons of copper per annum within a mine area covering approximately 10,000 has. (SMI 2013: 11). The open pit would reach an extent of 500 has. and a depth of 785 m while the topsoil stockpile would cover an area of 5 has. and the pit ore stockpile 49 has. (AECOM 2011: 2-9).

If realized, the Tampakan Copper-Gold Mine would be the largest open-pit mine in the Philippines and one of the largest of its kind worldwide. It straddles the jurisdiction of two regions, four provinces, four municipalities and nine barangays. The area is predominantly characterized by rainforest. About 5,000 people – approximately 1,000 households – inhabit the affected area and will require resettlement of inhabitants majority belonging to the B'laan indigenous communities.

An independent Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) on Tampakan conducted by the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) exposed various moments of government deficiencies referring to the human rights of people possibly affected by the Tampakan Project. The HRIA observed a context which is characterized by a combination of government failures, prevailing poverty, a high level of marginalization and discrimination against indigenous groups, especially in terms of basic services, and a generally volatile conflict situation.

It pointed out already occurring heightened risks to the human rights of vulnerable population, as the rights to an adequate and meaningful Information and participation, livelihoods, health, education, culture, and the fundamental right to life, security, and liberty, should the project proceed.

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      • 10 months ago

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