Digging for profits: Who owns PH mines?


Name of mining firm: Claver Mineral Development Corp.
Location: Claver, Surigao del Norte
Mining area: 433.98 hectares
Metals extracted/mine products: Nickel
Nickel production: None reported for 2020 and 2019
Mining permit period: 1998-2023



Incorporation date: Feb. 10, 1995

Ligtas, Jaime Sr. E.
Ligtas, Rodolfo E.
Roliga, Marissa M.
Cortel, Arceli V.
Eslais, Edgardo S.
Eslaez, Allan S.
Miculog, Laura L.
Mayor, Gilbert Romeo K.
Cortel, Margarito V.

Chairperson of the Board: Ligtas, Jaime Sr. E.

Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr. used to serve as president of Claver Mineral Development Corp., according to a 2016 Rappler report.

A “Prospero A. Pichay” with a Quezon City address is listed as contact person for Claver Mineral Development Corp. in MGB’s list of mineral production sharing agreements as of Feb. 28, 2021.



Current assets: P34.44 million (2016)
Current liabilities: P1.8 million (2016)
Total revenue: None indicated (2017)
Net income: None indicated (2017)



In February 2017, former Environment Secretary Gina Lopez ordered the closure of Claver Mineral Development Corp. and 22 other mines.

On Nov. 12, 2018, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under Secretary Roy Cimatu ordered the permanent closure of Claver Mineral Development Corp. and Oriental Synergy Mining Corp. for non-compliance with environmental laws. The DENR also denied the application for a mineral production sharing agreement (MPSA) of Ore Asia Mining and Development Corp.

Claver Mineral Development Corp.’s MPSA was “cancelled with motion for reconsideration,” according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s list of MPSAs as of Feb. 28, 2021.



Municipality class of mining location: Claver, Surigao del Norte (2nd class)
Population: 32,773 (2015)
Poverty incidence rate: 34.28% (2015)
Human Development Index: 0.51 (2012, provincial)
Indigenous peoples in the area living near the mining area: Mamanwa



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General Information Sheet, 2020
Financial Statement, 2017
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.