A vibrant memory: life in mining drawn in vivid color

As the holidays come to a close and the bright green, red, white and gold of Christmas slowly fade from the foreground of our lives, I have taken the time to reflect on a similar range of colors that has largely been ignored and has always stayed in the background of public consciousness. I experienced […]

Growing up in the mining town of Luklukan Sur

Luklukan Sur, in the municipality of Jose Panganiban, is a gold rush mining town in Camarines Norte. Gold has been mined here since the Spanish period, and several foreign companies have operated gold and iron mines in the town’s vicinity in the last century. Today, the town is home to around 5,000 people and more […]

The Canada waste issue: a timeline

[At A Glance: The Canada Waste Issue (with images, tweets)]

Mercury Chemical Control Order (CCO) consultations

[Participating in drafting chemical policies (with images, tweets)]

Storify: The 4th National ASGM Summit, April 2016

[Gintong malinis, walang bahid dungis (with images, tweets)]

Tanzania and Uganda learning visit

Arlene Galvez of BAN Toxics shares some pictures of her learning visit to artisanal and small-scale mining (ASGM) sites in Tanzania and Uganda. The visit focused on sharing best practices and the management of mercury and cyanide. Arlene shared her experiences in BAN Toxics and facilitated the workshop on mercury toxicity.

Environment and well-being in artisanal and small-scale mining communities

BAN Toxics together with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) of Japan conducted a research on the socio-economic effects of environment and well-being in small-scale mining communities in Jose Panganiban and Labo, Camarines Norte. Other Research partners include, Economics Professors Dr. Shinkai, Mr. Ryuichi of Nagoya University and Mr. Narisawa from Research […]

History of actions undertaken on the illegal waste shipment from Canada

From 2013 to 2014, a shipment of 103 contaners of waste were illegally imported from Canada to the Philippines. The shipper, Chronic Incorporated, a private company based in Ontario, Canada and owned by a certain Jim Makris consigned the shipment to a Philippine-based company, Chronic Plastics, owned by a certain Adelfa Eduardo. The Philippine company claimed […]

Calling for action against waste shipments

BAN Toxics has been leading the call for Canada to take back their illegal waste shipment to the Philippines. From Makati City to the Port of Manila, BAN Toxics together with Greenpeace Philippines, EcoWaste Coalition and Father Robert Reyes, came together to call upon the Canadian and the Philippine government to act on the waste […]

Senate hearing on the Canadian waste dumping issue

[Senate hearing on the Canadian waste dumping issue in the Philippines (with images, tweets)]