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9 viewsBUSINESS AS USUAL. One of the oldest nickel mining companies in Surigao – Taganito Mining Corporation – operates in the mountains of Claver, Surigao del Norte, as can be seen in in the background in this photograph taken Monday (20 February 2017). The subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation has been in business for decades, causing the water bodies nearby to turn rusty-red with laterites. It is not among the 14 erring mining firms in the Caraga Region ordered closed by Environment Secretary Gina Lopez as it is reportedly among those who passed the audit. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto
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4 viewsBLATANT VIOLATION? An aerial photo taken Sunday (19 Feb 2017) shows widespread siltation problem along the coast where the Hinatuan Mining Company operates in Hinatuan Island, Taganaan town, Surigao del Norte. The firm is among the 14 mining companies ordered closed by Environment Secretary Gina Lopez early this month. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto
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2 viewsBLATANT VIOLATION? An aerial photo taken Sunday (19 Feb 2017) shows widespread siltation problem along the coast where the Hinatuan Mining Company operates in Hinatuan Island, Taganaan town, Surigao del Norte. The firm is among the 14 mining companies ordered closed by Environment Secretary Gina Lopez early this month. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto
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20 viewsAerial photo shows the accumulation of water hyacinth under the Datu Piang bridge in Maguindanao, alarming officials of an impending disaster like flooding or a bridge collapsing if no immediate action is taken. Around eight hectares of water hyacinth, six feet deep, have been preventing the normal flow of Dansalan river, a tributary of Rio Grande de Mindanao. MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH B. CABRERA
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35 viewsKAGWANG. A Philippine flying lemur (Cynocephalus volans) is spotted in Barangay Plaridel, Province of Dinagat Islands on September 19, 2016. Known in many places of Mindanao as "kagwang", it is on top of the diet of the Philippine Eagle. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto
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28 viewsAn Australian pelican looks for food in the waters off General Santos City. Bird experts say this was the first time this kind of bird was spotted in the Philippines. Photo taken 12 September 2016. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera
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31 viewsAn Australian pelican flies above the waters off General Santos City looking for food. Bird experts say this was the first time this kind of bird was spotted in the Philippines. Photo taken 12 September 2016. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera
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25 viewsNO TO LARGE SCALE MINING. Rallyists stage a picket outside the regional office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Surigao City Thursday (25 August 2016) reiterating calls to stop large scale mining operations in the Caraga Region. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto
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29 viewsNO TO LARGE SCALE MINING. Rallyists stage a protest march Thursday (25 August 2016) in Surigao City reiterating calls to stop large scale mining operations in the Caraga Region. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto
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42 viewsMINING AREA EVERYDAY SCENE. This is a common scene in the mining areas during the dry months in Surigao del Norte. A giant cargo ship waits off Hinatuan Island in Taganaan town as smaller ships approach with their loads of ore. One cargo ship could carry at least 50,000 metric tons of nickel ore to be shipped out to China, Japan and other countries. This picture was taken Tuesday (9 August 2016). MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto
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35 viewsEroded soil caused by the operations of Wellex Mining covers a portion of the foreshore in Barangay Plaridel in Libjo town in Dinagat Province. Residents said the place used to be full of mangroves, but now silt is washed into it during rainy days. Photo taken on July 16, 2016. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto
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41 viewsSMARTPHONE FOR CLOUD SEEDING. Using Android phones and a simple app, a technician receives a photo of a "rain cloud" from 25 "cloud watchers" scattered all over Bukidnon province Tuesday (12 April 2016). Technicians will then deploy a plane to drop rain-inducing salt over the cloud once they are able to confirm it as a "seedable cloud." MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo
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