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"Mining in the Philippines – Mining or Food?" report & company responses/non-responses

In February 2009, Robert Goodland and Clive Wicks of the Working Group on Mining in the Philippines issued a report, “Mining in the Philippines – Mining or Food?”  The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the principal mining companies named in the report to respond to the report and related news stories. 

Subsequently the Working Group issued rejoinders to the companies.  The Resource Centre invited the companies to issue further comment on the rejoinders.  The original company responses to the report, rejoinders by the Working Group, and further comments by companies are available below. 
  

- full Report: “Mining in the Philippines – Mining or Food?”
     - abbreviated report [PDF]
     - case study summaries [PDF]

“Moratorium on mining activities sought to avoid food shortage” - Romer S. Sarmiento, Business World, 28 Jan 2009

“Clergy join call to halt mining and save environment on Mindoro Island” - Union of Catholic Asian News, 6 Feb 2009 

Company responses/non-responses, Working Group rejoinders, and further company comments

- Asiaticus Management Corp. (AMCOR) (named in case study 4) Note: We attempted to contact AMCOR to invite it to respond, but were unable to find any contact information for the company.
 

- BHP Billiton (named in case studies 4 & 6) - response [DOC] 
 
     Working Group - rejoinder [DOC]  The company chose not to issue further comment.
 

- Freeport-McMoRan (named in case study 2) - response [DOC]
 
     Working Group - rejoinder [DOC]  The company chose not to issue further comment.
 

- Indophil - see Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI)/Xstrata response below
 

- Intex Resources (named in case study 5) - response [PDF]
 
     Working Group - rejoinder [DOC]   Intex Resources - further comment [PDF], including a memo Intex Resources sent to us from the Philippines Mineral Development Council [PDF]
 

- Pelican Resources (named in case study 6) - response [DOC]
 
     Working Group - rejoinder [DOC]  The company did not respond to our invitation for further comment.
 

- Philex Gold (named in case study 2) - response [DOC]
    The photographs referred to in Philex's response are available here
 
    Working Group - rejoinder [DOC]  The company did not respond to our invitation for further comment.
 

- Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI)/Xstrata (named in case study 3) - response [PDF]
    Note: This response is also on behalf of Xstrata/SMI's project partner Indophil. 
 
    Working Group - rejoinder [DOC]  The company did not respond to our invitation for further comment.
 

- TVI Pacific (named in case study 1) - response [DOC]
 
    Working Group - rejoinder [DOC]     TVI Pacific - further comment [DOC]

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