MineMineMine: Corporations and Mining in the Philippines

This workshop will focus on mining’s impact on the natural environment. The discussion will introduce the participants to as short history of mining in the country; a primer on the different mining entities in the country; and the legal dimensions that characterize its nature.  The concept of sustainability will be discussed alongside transparency initiatives in the industry.

The discussion will talk about the different methods of mining; the difference between small-scale mining and corporate mining. How does the 1987 constitution address mining and national patrimony/sovereignty in relation to foreign mining companies? 

The discussion will address different issues related to mining. In its ten years of existence, how has the 1995 Mining Act benefitted the country? Can the Philippines move toward industrialization without the rapid depletion of our natural resources? 

Case studies of benefits of mining as a nationalized industry compared to privatized corporate mining will be presented along with case studies of different mining activities that contribute wastes and pollution to the environment.

Renan Ortiz of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines demonstrated how to annotate the mining bill using the application Realtime board which allows multiple users to work on an idea board in real time. Share your thoughts on the People’s Mining Bill. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be part of Project Bakawan’s People’s Mining bill board.

Project Bakawan’s People’s Mining bill board



Gina Tumlos is currently enrolled at the College of Law of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She graduated with a degree in AB Political Science and a minor in Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2010.


Dulphing Ogan is the Secretary General of Kalumaran (Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa Minda) from B'laan in Saranggani.  He is also the co-convener of KAMP (Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas).


Renan Ortiz is a visual artist, educator, and a spokesperson for the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP).  He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.