Digging for profits: Who owns PH mines?


Name of mining firm: Emir Mineral Resources Corp.
Location: Homonhon Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar
Metals extracted/mine products: chromite, nickel



Incorporation date: Oct. 11, 2007

Regio, Emmanuel L.
Araneta, Mariano Jr. V.
Araneta, Eileen Grace Z.
Regio, Irene D.
Regio, Diana Marie D.
Regio, Rhesa P.

Chairperson of the Board: Regio, Emmanuel L.



Current assets: P17.38 million (2018)
Current liabilities: P37,479 (2018)
Total revenue: P0.00 (2018)
Revenue from sale of mine products: P0.00 (2018)
Net income: -P9.95 million (2018)



On Feb. 8, 2017, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) issued an order cancelling the company’s operations. 

In July 2020, Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda was quoted in a news report as saying that Emir, along with other four firms, were “granted approval by the Office of the President (OP) after complying with mining laws.” The other firms that were allowed to resume operations were Berong Nickel Corp., Carrascal Nickel Corp., Strong Built Mining Development Corp., and Zambales Diversified Metals Corp.



Municipality class of mining location: Guiuan, Eastern Samar (2nd class)
Population: 52,991 (2015)
Poverty incidence rate: 34.6% (2015)
Human Development Index: 0.41 (2012, province)



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General Information Sheet, 2019
Financial Statement, 2018
List of existing Mineral Production Sharing Agreements, Mining and Geosciences Bureau
Philippine Metallic Mineral Production, Mines and Geosciences Burea
Poverty and socioeconomic indicators, Philippines Statistics Authority


Note: The Human Development Index is a measure of how well a country has performed, not only in terms of real income growth, but also in terms of social indicators that measure people's ability to lead a long and healthy life, acquire knowledge and skills, and have access to the resources needed to afford a decent standard of living. An HDI value below 0.550 is considered low and below 0.399 is very low. The national average for the Philippines is 0.718 as of 2020.

This article was produced with the support of Internews' Earth Journalism Network.