House Passes Bill on 2nd Reading Banning Mining in Marinduque

A lagoon of copper tailings are impounded in the former open pit mine of the Marcopper Mining Corp. -AFP Marinduque may soon be formally closed off to ore extraction activities after a measure banning mining in the province secured approval from the House of Representatives. The chamber recently approved House Bill 5846 on second reading, bringing the province a step closer to becoming a mining-free zone. In a statement yesterday, legislators acknowledged that the province is still reeling from the effects of the Marcopper toxic spill nearly two decades ago.…

Marinduque: Barrick Gold Wins Ruling

Marcopper Dam in Sta. Cruz, Maridnuque Marinduque, an island province in the northern Philippines that was once the site of U.S. concentration camps (during the 1899-1902 U.S. conquest), will not get help from Nevada in its battle with Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation. Marinduque, a farming and fishing area, is also known for the March 24, 1996, Marcopper mining disaster. A break in a mine tailings pit drainage outlet caused toxic mine waste to wash into the Makulapnit-Boac river system, covering one entire village and causing the evacuation of 20 others.…

2 Marinduque Youth Rep: Off to Vietnam, all for the Youth

Jonathan Quinto, Rafael Seno and their friend Boac, Marinduque – One thousand delegates from 120 countries around the world will converge in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam for the 1st Dux Gregis (Leader of all Leaders): International Youth Leaders Convergence from June 25-29, a project of the Tuxedo Institute of Asia Delegates are students who passed the qualification exams, age 18-35 years old, faculty and professionals. 1st Dux Gregis is a four-day World Youth Leaders Meet with “primary focus on providing International Youth Leaders Community with 21st Century Advanced & Updated…

Workers in Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan and Mindoro to Get Wage Hike

Torrijos Municipal Official and Staff (Photo: Gee-Ann Magdalita) Minimum wage workers from the MIMAROPA region will soon enjoy a small increase in daily pay after securing approvals from the local wage board. The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board governing the provinces of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan approved on April 29 incremental hikes in daily salaries for minimum wage workers and was published in a newspaper yesterday. Wage Order No. IV-B-07 increases the salaries of minimum wage earners in the region by increments of at least P5 to be…

Marinduque Governor, Ipinasususpinde sa Graft Case

Mug shot of Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes Hiniling ng mga state prosecutor sa Sandiganbayan Second Division na suspendihin si Marinduque Governor Carmencita Reyes na nahaharap sa kasong katiwalian. “Wherefore, premises considered, it is most respectfully prayed of this Honorable Court that after due notice and hearing, an Order be issued suspending accused Carmencita O. Reyes from her office pending trial,” nakasaad sa mosyon ng prosekusyon na isinumite sa Second Division. Dahil nahaharap sa graft case si Reyes, sinabi ng prosekusyon na dapat suspendihin ang gobernadora tulad ng nakasaad sa probisyon…