Iraya Mangyans to be evicted for Puerto Galera Municipal Waste Dump

By Robert A. Evora Manila Standard Today -
Date of publication: 
17 April, 2015

PUERTO GALERA, Oriental Mindoro—Mangyan representatives walked out on a meeting called by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples after refusing to sign a resolution endorsing the P66-million dump project that they said would encroach on their ancestral land.

“The proposed Categorized Waste Disposal Facility/Sanitary Landfill Project will displace us and contaminate the purity of the nearby source of springwater (bukal) flowing into the Tamaraw Falls,” said Ciriaco Bibo, who led the tribesmen belonging to the Iraya Mangyan subtribe.

But NCIP Provincial Officer Karen Ignacio

Mayor: Itogon mining, tourism can co-exist

By Ma. Elena Catajan -
Date of publication: 
11 January, 2013

ITOGON Mayor Oscar Camantiles foresees a marriage between mining and tourism in his town.

Camantiles championed the Benguet Corporation example, which has mined the area for decades and crafted the unique Balatoc underground mine tour, a first in the country.

“It can be done,” he said.

The mine tour is one of the most successful tourism come-ons of the municipality and utilizes the abandoned areas of the mining company, in a bid to preserve employment, culture and to familiarize the public to life inside the mines.

It has so far culled thousands to take the famed tour starting

After all the antics, Mining EO still puts PH future in peril

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
9 July, 2012

Environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment immediately mounted today a protest action to assail the Aquino government’s announcement of its long-anticipated new executive order (EO) on mining. The EO that is almost a year in the making was criticized for still maintaining pro-foreign and large-scale mining provisions and lacking substance in terms of environmental protection and people’s welfare.

Cordillera Day 2012 Central Statement

Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Date of publication: 
24 April, 2012

Ilaban ti Daga, Biag ken Karbengan!
Fight for Our Land, Life and Rights!

We mark Cordillera Day 2012 with a rallying call to fight for our ancestral lands, our lives and human rights through a week of protest activities and celebrations of indigenous peoples’ struggles in Apayao, Abra, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao, the Mountain Province and Baguio City. On this 28th Cordillera Day, let our protests echo with renewed vigor and commitment to defend our ancestral lands against development aggression. Let us strengthen and sustain our protests in the communities, town centers and urban areas.

Gov't considers 'close-to-mining' policy on mapped-out areas

Date of publication: 
21 May, 2011

MANILA, Philippines — The government is adopting a policy closing to mining identified areas found suitable for other uses such as tourism in an aim to maximize their long-term economic benefits.

Two areas already identified by the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) as closed to mining are the Sibuyan Island and the stretch of shoreline from Ternate, Cavite to Nasugbu, Batangas.

“There’s an instruction from the (DENR) secretary (Ramon J.P. Paje) for us to have a policy delineating areas closed to mining,” said MGB Director Leo L.