Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) exists to uphold and promote the collective and individual human rights of Indigenous Peoples and other land-based communities. PIPLinks was founded in 1992 in response to requests for support from Philippine Indigenous Peoples' organisations, where much of our work is focussed. Also known as Indigenous Peoples Links, the organisation, which is based in the United Kingdom, works on the same issues globally.

This website is divided between materials on Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines and around the world. These materials are divided under specific subject headings - such as those to do with the legal rights or culture of Indigenous Peoples - or geographically. Although the site contains many published materials available elsewhere, and links to other sites, we are aiming where possible to publish unique materials, such as statements from communities or interviews, that are not available elsewhere.

We welcome inquiries, comments on this site and invitations to speak. We are always in need of active supporters, donations, volunteers and friends of all kinds. Please contact us for more information.

Report: Indigenous Peoples and the the Extractive Sector - Towards a Respecting Engagement

Source: 
Tebtebba Foundation, Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks), Middlesex University
Date of publication: 
19 September, 2014

The report provides an overview of the present state of play of the extractive industries in relation to indigenous peoples, concluding with a set of recommendations aimed at the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, and it also addresses the implications of the Post-2015 Development Agenda for
the realization of indigenous peoples’ rights, and the reasons why indigenous rights, particulatly in relation to the extractive industries must feature in the associated Sustainable Development Goals.

Report: Making Free Prior & Informed Consent a Reality - Indigenous Peoples and the Extractive Sector

Source: 
Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks), Middlesex University School of Law & The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility
Date of publication: 
2 May, 2013

The following links allow you to download either the electronic copy or an extract of the report “Making Free Prior & Informed Consent a Reality Indigenous Peoples and the Extractive Sector”.

The paper, written for a consortium of organisations by Cathal Doyle and Jill Cariño, seeks to contribute towards a discussion between indigenous peoples and mining companies on the issue of indigenous peoples’ Free Prior & Informed Consent (FPIC).

Pitfalls and Pipelines: Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries

Source: 
IWGIA, Tebtebba, PIPLinks
Date of publication: 
1 November, 2012

A handbook on indigenous peoples and the extractive industries. Based on inputs to the “International Conference on Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples,” which took place in Manila, Philippines on March 23-25, 2009, it examines the effects of the extractive industries on indigenous peoples and then seeks to analyse the responses from indigenous communities and organisations. 415 pp

Download a pdf document of the report (3Mbs) here

Government told: Stop forcible entry of mining firms

Source: 
By Jigger J. Jerusalem - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/local-news/2015/01/30/government-told-stop-forcible-entry-mining-firms-389407
Date of publication: 
30 January, 2015

A TRIBAL group leader is pressing on the government to stop coercing the indigenous people (IP) of San Luis, Agusan del Sur to sign the document that would pave the way for the entry of mining companies, which he said could destroy not just the environment but the culture of the lumad communities.

Rogelio Plana, secretary-general of the lumad group Kalumbay, said Friday the Banwaon tribe members living in hinterland areas in San Luis are being pressured to sign the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).

The signing of the CADT, Plana said, would give mining firms the legitimat

Filipino and Australian advocates embarked on fact-finding mission to communities affected by Aussie mine firms

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
29 January, 2015

Seeking to validate the social and environmental conditions in various communities across the Philippines affected by Australian-owned large-scale mines, environmental and rights advocates from the Philippines and Australia have embarked on a fact-finding mission circuiting Bongmal District, South Cotabato and Kasibu Town, Nueva Vizcaya from January 28 to February 03, 2015.

“We aim not only to inspect the adverse impacts of Australian-owned mining to the environment, economy, society and culture of communities they affect, but to deliver our solidarity to the people’s righteous resist

Cayetano is stirring up anti-Moro sentiments--IP group

Source: 
KAMP News Release
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2014

Indigenous peoples’ alliance Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) said that Senator Alan Cayetano’s reactions on the clash between Moro rebels and the Special Action Forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP-SAF) as “stirring up the public opinion against the Moro people” and described the senator as “painfully unversed in the intricacies of the peace problem in the country.”

The senator announced his withdrawal of authorship in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on Tuesday, citing the MILF’s “lack of commitment, to peace, development, and the rule o

Environmentalists, locals troop to DENR to call for implementation of mine ban ordinance in Nueva Vizcaya

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
27 January, 2015

The environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) joined various groups from the Cagayan Valley region who trooped to the national office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) today, calling for the immediate stoppage of large scale mining operations in Nueva Vizcaya.

This was after an environmental ordinance banning the use of open-pit mining in the province was recently passed.

Pope urged to back People's Mining bill

Source: 
By Ivy C. Tejano - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/01/16/pope-urged-back-peoples-mining-bill-386968
Date of publication: 
16 January, 2015

ENVIRONMENTALISTS are appealing to Pope Francisto support their call for the passage of the People’s Mining Bill in the wake of what they called “meaningless exploitation of mineral resources in the countryside.”

Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR) spokesperson Kim Gargar said House Bill 4315 or The People’s Mining Bill will help protect the forests destroyed by big mining corporations.

The bill will eventually lead to the nationalization of the mining industry and the changing of its export-oriented nature, Gargar said.

“In the spirit of pro-people religious stand, we hope th

Indigenous group calls for Pope's support in fight for land

Source: 
Jodesz Gavilan - http://www.rappler.com/specials/pope-francis-ph/80675-indigenous-group-pope-francis-land
Date of publication: 
13 January, 2015

Members of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas ask for the intercession of Pope Francis to push government and other institutions to recognize their rights

MANILA, Philippines – Through a “welcoming feast” held in front of the Apostolic Nunciature on Taft Avenue Tuesday, January 13, indigenous peoples called on Pope Francis to support their struggle for the recognition of their rights.

Dubbed “poor indigenous feast”, members of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) hailing from several areas in the Philippines served root crops and

Green groups, Catholic bishops urge Pope Francis to stand for ecology against large-scale mining

Source: 
Joint Press Release
Date of publication: 
14 January, 2015

Twenty-three environmental groups and four Catholic bishops appealed to Pope Francis to intervene on the issue of ecological devastation and human rights violations brought about by large-scale mining operations in the Philippines.

“We are appealing to Pope Francis and the Catholic Church to support the call of the Filipino people to stop large-scale mining plunder and destruction in the Philippines. The mining liberalization policy in the past two decades have led to the destruction of marine and freshwater ecosystems, denudation of forests, and displacement of peoples.

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