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[In the news] SMI files appeal on rejected ECC – MindaNews

MindaNews » SMI files appeal on rejected ECC. By Bong S. Sarmiento January 31, 2012  KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/30 January) – Foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc. has formally filed a reconsideration for its rejected application for environmental compliance certificate (ECC) to bring the Tampakan copper-gold project into commercial phase, mining executives confirmed on Monday. Richard Laufmann, chief…

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[From the web] Farmers hit Aquino administration’s low performance; fear death of agrarian reform | Task Force Mapalad

Farmers hit Aquino administration’s low performance; fear death of agrarian reform | Task Force Mapalad. January 17, 2012  Task Force Mapalad (TFM) hits the reported low performance of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in terms of land acquisition and redistribution and expressed fear anew that CARPER is, indeed, being killed by the government. Data…

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[In the news] Chamber pushes mining devt despite calls for ban, gets Mindanao biz backing – InterAksyon.com

Chamber pushes mining devt despite calls for ban, gets Mindanao biz backing InterAksyon.com January 29. 2012  MANILA, Philippines – The main mining industry association, unfazed by calls for an outright ban on mining in several parts of the country, vowed to pursue pending ventures while educating the public about their gospel of responsible mining. The…

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[In the news] Department of Agriculture bans coco tree-cutting in Albay – INQUIRER.net

Department of Agriculture bans coco tree-cutting in Albay By Kristine L. Alave, Philippine Daily Inquirer January 30, 2012  MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Agriculture (DA) has prohibited the cutting of coconut trees in Albay to boost the province’s resilience against typhoons and other weather-related calamities. In his visit to the province last week, Agriculture Secretary Proceso…

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[From the web] MINDANAO DECLARATION: Defending The Dignity Of Life, Securing Our Future- www.ecoteneo.org

Official Statement of the ADDU- CEAP-International Conference on Mining, 26-27 January, 2012  AWARE of the current state of the mining industry in the Philippines driven by corporate greed and the existing policy framework promoted by the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and inherited by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, AWARE of the confession of…

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[From the web] Resolution Of Media Killings, Palparan Arrest, And GMA Conviction For HR Cases Will Help Aquino Redeem Human Rights Record – Gabriela

Resolution Of Media Killings, Palparan Arrest, And GMA Conviction For HR Cases Will Help Aquino Redeem Human Rights Record  “It is the absence of action and political will in concretely addressing human rights violations that make the Aquino government just as accountable. Until such time that known human rights violators are arrested, cases are resolved…

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[In the news] Dynamic Learning Program helps students cope with Sendong trauma – MindaNews

MindaNews » Dynamic Learning Program helps students cope with Sendong trauma. By Cong Corrales January 29, 2012  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 January) – A revolutionary innovation in teaching, applied in public high schools here has given its students an edge over those using the traditional, classroom-type, learning system in their learning recovery since tropical…

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[In the news] UNHRC: Philippine criminal libel law violates freedom of expression – InterAksyon.com

UNHRC: Philippine criminal libel law violates freedom of expression by InterAksyon.com January 29, 2012  MANILA, Philippines – In a landmark decision just recently released, the United Nation Human Rights Commission says Philippine laws criminalizing libel is “incompatible with Article 19, paragraph three of the International Covenant on Civil Political Rights (ICCPR)”, or freedom of expression.…