The third and final set of Community Consultative Assembly is expected to be completed this month. But the indigenous peoples worry that the consultations are conducted simply to facilitate a process that had already been decided.
Applications for open-pit and offshore mines flood the Mines and Geosciences Bureau as the Duterte administration reverses its mining policy.
This timeline plots how the country’s natural resources were exploited for mining and the government’s repeated attempts to regulate the industry.
Mines lacked tree-cutting permits, impaired the function of watersheds, and failed to ensure the safety of employees, the Gina Lopez-led audit found.