BK strengthens capacity of CSOs in Dinagat Islands towards transparency in the extractive industries
Dinagat Islands, an island-province with a land area of about 1000 square kilometers, is host to 9 metallic mining operations operated by 8 mining companies. The island was declared a mining reservation in 1939 and since then the island has been host to mining operations. Bantay Kita saw an opportunity to increase the capacity of civil society organizations in the island especially in monitoring the extractive industry and various development projects in the island.
The collapse of an open pit mine in Semirara Mining Corp operations in Caluya, Antique in July 17 has caused death of nine coal miners. The government responded with the issuance of a cease-and-desist order (CDO) by the DENR Regional 6 office four days after the Department of Energy issued its CDO on the day of the tragic event.
Making transparency matter was the main thrust of the recently commenced PH EITI Roadshow. PH-EITI launched a nationwide effort to present the report findings to the local level bringing together stakeholders from the national and local government, civil society and community, and industry in select cities in the Philippines. The forum was titled “Forum on Natural Resource Governance: Making Transparency Matter”.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau held a forum on recent policies enacted in the mining industry on July 8, 2015 inviting representatives from the industry, civil society, and government.
More than one hundred youth representatives from 12 Yolanda-hit towns and cities in Cebu, Leyte, and Eastern Samar participated in the three-day Visayas Youth Summit organised by Bulig Visayas, with support from Bantay Kita and Terre Des Hommes Germany.