The multi-billion Tampakan Copper-Gold Mining project will take a serious toll on water and forest resources, especially in the provinces of South Cotabato and Davao del Sur in Mindanao. To protect these resources, the South Cotabato provincial government banned the use of open pit mining as provided in its 2010 Environment Code. In 2012, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) denied the project proponent’s application for an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC), citing the ban. In February 2013, the DENR, however, approved the ECC subject to stringent conditions that the Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) has to comply.
This research brief reviews the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes and results for Tampakan mining project. It incorporates key findings from a stakeholders’ analysis and conflict and advocacy review. It concludes with a set of insights and recommendations relevant to mining and water governance.