Dams and Water

Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines face a range of threats from what they frequently describe as 'development aggression'. As they struggle to defend their land, much of it is in areas of forest or mountain that are rich in natural resources and so conflicts often arise with companies, many of them based outside the Philippines, who want to exploit those resources - mostly without the consent of the Indigenous Peoples.

The main problems that Indigenous Peoples face are from large-scale mining that digs up their land, in the construction of large-scale dams that floods their land, in widespread logging that deforests their land, or in the creation of nature reserves or agriculture that sees them ejected from or restricted in access to their own land.

All of these activities can lead to conflict which leads to militarisation of their land, and in loss of livelihood or encroachment of settlements which can lead urbanisation.

Priest hits ‘destruction’ of Sierra Madre

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http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=64757
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2015

BULACAN – A Catholic priest has minced no words in blaming developers for the alleged destruction of Sierra Madre, exhorting the government and the public to do what they can to conserve, protect, and restore the little that remains of the mountain range.

“We call on the government to stand up against those who are blinded by greed and do not see the Sierra Madre Mountain as a mother who also needs to be nourished,” said Fr.

Indigenous Peoples commission issues final approval for Iloilo dam

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http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=indigenous-peoples-commission-issues-final-approval-for-iloilo-dam&id=114357
Date of publication: 
30 August, 2015

ILOILO CITY — The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has received the final document needed to proceed with the implementation of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II in Calinog, Iloilo province.

Iloilo’s provincial legal officer, lawyer Dennis T.

Iloilo’s P11.2-billion Jalaur dam hurdles consent requirement

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By Louine Hope Conserva, Correspondent - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=Iloilo%E2%80%99s-P11.2-billion-Jalaur-dam-hurdles-consent-requirement&id=113457
Date of publication: 
13 August, 2015

ILOILO CITY — The National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has given consent for the construction of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II in Calinog, Iloilo.

In an Aug. 11 meeting at the NCIP central office, the Board of Commissioners granted authority to the agency’s chairman, lawyer Leonor T.

Philippines: South Cotabato maintains ban on open pit mining

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By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/134358/philippines-south-cotabato-maintains-ban-on-open-pit-mining/
Date of publication: 
27 July, 2015

The provincial government of South Cotabato is holding its ground on its decision not to allow open pit mining in any part in the province, putting again on hold the future of Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI).

SMI owns the Tampakan Copper and Gold Project located in the mountainous area of Tampakan in South Cotabato.

In a resolution passed on July 21, the provincial board “reaffirmed the validity of Section 22 (B) of the Environment Code that prohibited the use of the open-pit mining method in mining activities” anywhere in South Cotabato.

The Provincial Environment Code was passed i

Ifugao tribe snaps at short-circuited consultations for dam project

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By: Arthur L. Allad-iw, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/113989/ifugao-tribe-snaps-at-short-circuited-consultations-for-dam-project
Date of publication: 
11 July, 2015

LAMUT, Ifugao – For more than an hour from the poblacion of this town, we traversed rugged and slippery roads, where a driver’s miscalculation could mean a fatal fall onto the ravines.

It was back-breaking travel for city-based journalist with friends from the National Union of Peoples Lawyers, but our consolation was the beauty of the landscape, the rolling hills, the floating clouds of various shapes, and rivers that surged in between mountains.

Finally we reached our destination – the rich agricultural village of Barangay Dulao, Lagawe of this province.

But juxtaposed again

Philippine indigenous peoples support struggle against Jalaur dam

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Press release - http://iva.aippnet.org/philippine-indigenous-peoples-support-struggle-against-jalaur-dam/
Date of publication: 
29 May, 2015

TAPAZ, Capiz – After a successful exchange program, 83 indigenous peoples from different indigenous groups and communities around the country forged unity to support the Tumandok in opposing the multibillion Jalaur dam project in Calinog, Iloilo.

“The construction of the Jalaur multi-purpose dam in the territories of the Tumandok in Central Panay will threaten the livelihoods, culture and right to land and self-determination of indigenous peoples.

Manobo activist disappeared while with Consunji company guards, feared dead

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News Release - http://karapatan.org/Manobo+activist+disappeared
Date of publication: 
15 May, 2015

An officer of organization Kisasabanay Dulangan Manobo (KIDUMA) was invited inside the Consunji compound in Brgy.

Killing of environmentalists dramatically rises; indigenous communities hardest hit

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By: Imelda V. Abano, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/109177/killing-of-environmentalists-dramatically-rises-indigenous-communities-hardest-hit
Date of publication: 
22 April, 2015

The Philippines leads countries in Asia with the highest number of people killed as they defend their land and protect the environment in the face of increased competition over natural resources, a new report from the London-based Global Witness group which reports on links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses.

Killings worldwide have risen by 20 percent in the last year on disputes over hydropower projects, mining, agribusiness and logging — the key drivers of deaths where a shocking 40 percent of victims were indigenous peoples.

In the Philippines alone, from 200

Temporary halt to Benguet Corp. operations urged

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Giovani Joy Fontanilla - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/04/01/temporary-halt-benguet-corp-operations-urged-400753
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2015

ITOGON Mayor Victorio Palangdan wants Benguet Corporation’s operations temporarily suspended.

Palangdan is seeking for the issuance of an order for temporary suspension of the operation of the Benguet Corporation and its contractor ACMP Contractors in Itogon, Benguet from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-CAR.

In a letter dated March 5, 2015, the mayor raised the threats of danger brought about by Benguet Corp.‘s Tailings Storage Facility No.

Tuba IPs give consent to four hydro plants

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By Dexter A. See - http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/03/23/tuba-ips-give-consent-to-four-hydro-plants/
Date of publication: 
23 March, 2015

TUBA, Benguet – Indigenous peoples in this town gave their free and prior informed consent (FPIC) for the establishment of four mini-hydro power plants in two barangays.

The plants will maximize the potential of available water resources to produce additional renewable power for the Luzon grid.

The consent of the Tuba indigenous peoples to the renewable power projects was made official in a memorandum of agreement signed between their representatives and Goldlink Global Energy Corporation, a local hydro power developer based in the municipality.

Three of the mini-hydro power plant

Let Our Rivers Flow!

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Written by Tyrone Edward Beyer - http://philtfip.net/main/index.php/news-and-press-releases2/tfip-news/161-let-our-rivers-flow-tfip-statement-on-the-occasion-of-international-day-of-action-for-rivers
Date of publication: 
14 March, 2015

TFIP Statement on the Occasion of International Day of Action for Rivers

Rivers are an essential part of indigenous peoples’ lives and communities, and have been integral to their holistic development. Rivers form part of the territories of many indigenous peoples and serve as good sources of food and water for household and agricultural uses. Rivers also play a major role in the spirituality and belief systems of many indigenous groups.

March 14 is International Day of Action against Dams, for Rivers, Water, and Life.

No Rights, No Justice: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples affected by Corporate Activities

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http://www.aippnet.org/index.php/statements/124-human-rights-publication/1498-no-rights-no-justice-experiences-of-indigenous-peoples-affected-by-corporate-activities
Date of publication: 
5 December, 2014

Indigenous peoples’ lands, territories and resources in Asia are alarmingly and increasingly exploited and expropriated by Asian Governments and sold or provided to multi-national and transnational companies involved in the aggressive pursuit of neoliberal globalization.

Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) wins international Water Awards

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Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Press release
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) is greatly honored as the recipient of the Eco Water Awards 2014 Gaia Prize presented by the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM)/Friends of Earth Korea, Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) and Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea. CPA received the award through its Secretary General, Ms.

Mindanao folks troop to Makati to warn mining companies: ‘Get out of Mindanao now’

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Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

Anti-mining activists, environmental advocates and indigenous peoples from Mindanao held protest actions in front of the Makati offices of mining corporations responsible for environmental destruction and rampant human rights violations in the country’s southern region, namely the Filipino-Malaysia-owned Apex Mining, Canada-owned Toronto Venutres Inc (TVI), and Swiss-owned Glencore.

“This is a warning to these companies: get out now. The people of Mindanao are raging and our resistance grows stronger every day.

Tinoc IPs ready to go to court to stop mini–hydro project

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by Rimaliza A. Opiña - http://baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph/ifugao.asp?mode=%20archives/2014/november/11-23-2014/ifug1.txt
Date of publication: 
23 November, 2014

Residents of Tinoc, Ifugao who withdrew their consent for the construction of a mini-hydro power plant at Barangay Eheb are prepared to seek court intervention if the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples will not issue an order directing the contractor to stop from proceeding with its project.

Lawyer Maria Lulu Reyes, a trustee of Igorota Foundation Inc., said under the law, if the free, prior and informed consent process was issued without properly informing the community of the pros and cons of a project, there is basis to rescind their memorandum of agreement.

“This is not just

Cordillera folk call for NCIP abolition

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By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL, www.nordis.net - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/10/28/indigenous-folk-call-for-ncip-abolition
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2014

“Instead of protecting the indigenous peoples, the NCIP served as a bridge for the entry of destructive projects.”

BAGUIO CITY — Cordillera indigenous peoples called for the abolition of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) saying that the agency betrayed their interests.

In a protest action in front of the NCIP regional office, Oct.

Stop 2 Sierra Madre dam projects, Agta folk appeal

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By Delfin T. Mallari Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/644351/stop-2-sierra-madre-dam-projects-agta-folk-appeal
Date of publication: 
13 October, 2014

LUCENA CITY—As the Catholic Church commemorated Indigenous Peoples’ Sunday, the Agta tribe called on the Filipino people to join their opposition against two dam projects—Kaliwa and Laiban—on Sierra Madre.

The dam projects would tap water from Agos River on Sierra Madre to supply Metro Manila with potable water.

President Aquino, in his State of the Nation Address in July, said the dam projects on Sierra Madre were among several public-private partnership programs he had approved for immediate implementation.

“With the deepening silence of Congress and Senate against the thr

Suspended mine leaves deep scars in Philippine village

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Tim Kroenert - http://www.ucanews.com/news/suspended-mine-leaves-deep-scars-in-philippine-village/72122
Date of publication: 
7 October, 2014

Santa Cruz, Philippines – “You know you’ve reached Santa Cruz when you hit the potholes,” says Josephine Astadan.

She isn’t joking. The degradation of the road is evident the moment one crosses into Santa Cruz, a tiny village in the far northwest corner of the northern Philippines province of Zambales.

The village’s mining operations have been still for three months, but the potholes, says Astadan, are but one of the visible scars that remain.

Lifelong local Astadan is the general secretary of the Concerned Citizens of Santa Cruz.

Ifugao folk hit DOE's SN Aboitiz contract without consent

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By Arthur Allad-iw, Northern Dispatch (special to InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/95322/ifugao-folk-hit-does-sn-aboitez-contract-without-consent)
Date of publication: 
13 September, 2014

LAMUT, IFUGAO – Can a Department of Energy-approved hydro-power contract be valid without the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of the affected indigenous communities?

This is one of the questions that representatives of the six villages of Lagawe and two villages of this town raised when they gathered in a forum that tackled the plan to build a hydro-electric power dam at Alimit River that traverses various towns of the province.

Recently, the DOE approved and signed the renewable energy service contract with SN Aboitiz Power Group (SNAP) for an integrated hydropower complex c

Philex Mining bags final clearance

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http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=TopStory&title=philex-mining-bags-final-clearance&id=93650
Date of publication: 
28 August, 2014

PHILEX Mining Corp. has secured final regulatory clearance to resume full operations at its Padcal gold-and-copper mine in Benguet, a little more than two years after the facility shut down due to a tailings leak.

In an Aug. 27 letter to Philex Mining President Eulalio B. Austin, Jr., Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Leo L. Jasareno noted that “issues emanating from the tailings spill incident (on Aug.

CPA supports Tinoc move to retract MOA with Quadriver

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Cordillera Peoples Alliance Press release
Date of publication: 
22 August, 2014

“Nasaor, saan mi naawatan ken naapura kami iti panagpirma mi iti MOA. (We were deceived, we did not understand and we were rushed in signing the MOA)” – Teofilo Wenhay, Barangay Captain of Eheb, Tinoc, Ifugao.

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance supports the decision of the indigenous peoples of Eheb and Tokucan in Tinoc, Ifugao in retracting their signatures in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Quadriver Energy Corporation. Quadriver intends to operate a hydro project that will affect the said communities. Quadriver Energy Corp.

Group reiterates call to halt Jalaur Dam Project implementation

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Agham press release
Date of publication: 
5 August, 2014

Scientist group Agham Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (Agham) reiterates its recommendation that construction of the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Phase II (JRMPP) be stopped on questionable social and geological grounds as revealed in the investigation missions conducted by the organization in 2012 and 2014.

In the July 2014 Agham study, it was confirmed that there were lapses in the conduct of Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process, a requisite for development projects within ancestral domains of indigenous peoples.

DAP-funded Jalaur Mega Dam project is environmentally destructive, hazardous

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
10 July, 2014

Quezon City, Metro Manila—The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) today joined scientists and local leaders opposed to the proposed P11.2 billion Jalaur Mega Dam project in the municipality of Calinog, Iloilo.

“The Jalaur Mega Dam is a major flooding threat that would submerge or displace at least 18 villages of indigenous and grassroots people, as well as vast areas of vegetation that is home to various flora and fauna.

Citinickel and Philex: latest cases of impunity in big mines

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Letter to the editor from Kalikasan-PNE
Date of publication: 
18 June, 2014

Two recent incidents involving large-scale mines reminded us once again of the impunity of destructive big mining projects in the Philippines.

The first is instructive of why large-scale miners are a long-standing bane to the Philippine environment.

The Dark Side of Development: Hold Hedcor Accountable for its Environmental Violations

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Cordillera Peoples Alliance statement
Date of publication: 
17 June, 2014

Who would speak for the mountains, trees and rivers when these are threatened and even bulldozed, cut down and polluted in the name of ‘development’?

In Sabangan, Mt. Province, concerned community members are out to speak and be heard. The once pristine environment in Sabangan where pine trees color the mountains with green and creeks converging down to the Chico is now under threat.

This landscape changed when Hedcor, a subsidiary of Aboitiz, started to construct a 13, 200-kilowatt run-of-river hydroelectric plant in Sabangan.

Philippines: Government Desperate on Dam Trial – Anti-dam witnesses harassed, bribed

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http://iva.aippnet.org/philippines-government-desperate-on-dam-trial-anti-dam-witnesses-harassed-bribed/
Date of publication: 
16 June, 2014

ILOILO CITY, PHILIPPINES – Three days before the scheduled hearing last Friday, June 13, Mayor Alex Centena of Calinog town, sent letters to anti-dam witnesses asking them to come to his office for an important meeting.

Hedcor faces petition vs plant

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By Giovani Joy Fontanilla - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2014/05/22/hedcor-faces-petition-vs-plant-344277
Date of publication: 
22 May, 2014

HEDCOR Inc.

Cordillera women wage battle vs. profit driven energy projects

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http://iva.aippnet.org/philippines-cordillera-women-wage-battle-vs-profit-driven-energy-projects/
Date of publication: 
12 March, 2014

BAGUIO CITY – In celebration of the International Women’s Day, women from all over the region gathered in this city for a summit to amplify their position against profit-driven energy projects that has destroyed and are threatening their land, food and rights.

The testimonies of women from provinces affected by the said projects on March 8, 2014 speak of an old story that says:

“Maibus iti kuwarta, ngem saan iti daga; Ti bunga iti daga awan ti patinggana ay ay; Kakailian kitaen yo, saan tayo a paloko; Umanay a pagsarmingan, nakalkaldaang kapadasan ay ay…Iti biag mi ket simple, pa

Typhoon Haiyan, indigenous peoples and mining

Source: 
PIPLinks blog
Date of publication: 
20 November, 2013

We at PIPLinks are sending our thoughts and best wishes to our partners in the Philippines as the country is under a state of national calamity after the onslaught of Typhoon Haiyan. Among those who were greatly affected were indigenous communities in the islands of Panay, Mindoro and Palawan. Please find below an appeal for support from KAMP (Federation of the Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines) for the affected communities.

Also PIPLinks has written in the past on the issue of climate change, the extractive industries and indigenous peoples.

Indigenous People Struggle for Their Rights

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by Fr. Shay Cullen, PREDA Foundation
Date of publication: 
22 October, 2013

The leader of the community of the Aeta indigenous people proudly led me around the hillside resettlement community where the 200 or so families were establishing a new village community. Their ancestral village and lands were wiped out in a torrential typhoon and gigantic floods. My mission, helped by the German Church agency Misereor, was to help them resettle and develop basic organic agriculture, coffee, coconut, and mangos.

As I walked the hillside, I passed dozens of small grass-roofed huts with walls of bamboo matting.

National fact-finding and solidarity mission on mining TNCs in Nueva Vizcaya unearths realities of poison, plunder

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Defend Patrimony press release
Date of publication: 
21 September, 2013

National Fact-Finding and Solidarity Mission (NFSSM) led by Defend Patrimony alliance along with Alyansa ng Nakgkakaisang Vizcayanos para sa Kalikasan (ANVIK) have discovered a pandora’s box of ecological destruction and resource plunder across three big mining companies in Nueva Vizcaya province.

NOLCOM chief assures fair probe on alleged human rights abuses in Nueva Vizcaya mining areas

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PIA - http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=491378790211
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2013

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command chief Major General Gregorio Pio Catapang,Jr.

Philex still needs to clean up, pay compensation – indigenous peoples

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By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com, http://bulatlat.com/main/2013/08/02/philex-still-needs-to-clean-up-pay-compensation-indigenous-peoples/
Date of publication: 
2 August, 2013

Philex “must understand that it is being punished for its unsafe and irresponsible mining practices, which is the basis for the fine.” It is the company’s responsibility to cleanup and rehabilitate the waters it damaged, and to compensate the adversely affected residents. – KAMP

MANILA – Bearing mugshots of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, Philex Mining Corp. chairman Manuel V.

PH govt challenged to decommission Philex Dam and stop large-scale mining ops along Agno River

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
29 May, 2013

The environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) today challenged the administration of Pres. Benigno Aquino III to hold accountable Philex Mining Corporation for its negative impacts to the San Roque Multipurpose Dam and the Agno River during the massive mine spills of its Padcal Mines in Benguet back in August to September of 2012.

“We fully support the demand of the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) to make Philex pay the government for the damages and harm it caused to San Roque Multipurpose Dam and its related facilities.

Earth Day protesters expose ecological destruction under PNoy

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Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
22 April, 2013

Aquino admin’s policies worsened degradation of environment

Environmentalists and militants protested today in the Quezon Memorial Circle where President Aquino was the guest of honor in the PH government’s Earth Day activity. The protesters decried claims of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that ‘ecogovernance’ is one of the top priorities of the Aquino government.

“We are dumbfounded by government’s claims that the administration is serious in its ‘ecogovernance’. The environmental track record of the Aquino administration shows otherwise.

Philex reopening subjects communities to more disasters

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Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
27 February, 2013

Environmental activist Kalikasan PNE rebukes the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) for allowing the Philex Mining Corp to start their operations and use the company’s damaged Tailings Storage Facility No. 3 (TSF3).

“We condemn the decision of the MGB to allow the resumption of operations of Philex Mining Corp in Padcal, Benguet. MGB and even the DENR have failed to conduct any scientific study on how to best remediate TSF3 and decommission it.

In light of coming storm and recent Philex mine disaster

Source: 
Kalikasan Party-list press release
Date of publication: 
3 December, 2012

Inspect, shut down large-scale mines in typhoon Pablo’s path—Kalikasan

As the Philippines braces itself against the upcoming tropical storm Bopha (Pablo), Kalikasan Party-list today warned government agencies to be on red alert for the storm’s impacts on vulnerable communities where large-scale mining operations are ongoing.

“The DENR should be ready to inspect and shut down operations of all large-scale mining sites lying in typhoon Pablo’s path,” Kalikasan Party-list National President Clemente Bautista, Jr. said in a statement.

Widows of slain IP leaders, displaced communities of Northern Mindanao to fly Manila, press for justice

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Rural Missionaries of the Philippines press release
Date of publication: 
30 November, 2012

Cagayan de Oro City – Daisy Paborada, Rosalie Cabal and Sharon Liguyon will fly to the national capital today. They will join the ‘Manilakbayan ng Mindanao’ or MANILAKBAYAN (Journey to Manila) that will bring around a hundred delegates from all over Mindanao to the heart of Manila for a week-long series of events.

The delegates—composed mainly of families of slain community leaders of Mindanao—will lobby their cases to relevant government offices and foreign consulates in Manila and press for justice.

Lakbayan against ‘Mine Unsafety’ highlights Philex disaster, mining-related rights violations

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
14 November, 2012

BAGUIO CITY – Inter-regional protest caravan led by Defend Patrimony Alliance and the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment dubbed as Lakbayan para sa Ligtas at Makabayang Pagmimina culminated in Baguio City today as an alternative commemoration of the 58th celebration of Mine Safety Week.

Highlighting the worsening environmental disasters and human rights violations (HRVs) caused by large-scale mining, the Lakbayan was attended by contingents from Metro Manila, Ilocos, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan and the Cordillera region as part of a nationally-coordinated protest mobilization

Itogon mayor, councilors condemn mine firm

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By Rubyloida Bitog - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/10/28/itogon-mayor-councilors-condemn-mine-firm-250225
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2012

ITOGON, Benguet — Officials disapproved Benguet Corporation’s opposition on applications for free patent titles of the indigenous peoples (IPs) of the municipality.

Legislative council’s presiding officer, Vice Mayor Noel Ngolob, said Benguet Corporation’s opposition has no basis.

Councilor Gerard Cornel said the claim of the IPs, who are mostly senior citizens, is valid.

Mayor Oscar Camantiles also said the claim of the IPs has basis.

From paradise to wasteland: Environmental destruction, rights violations abound in Bicol’s mining industry

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By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/10/11/from-paradise-to-wasteland-environmental-destruction-rights-violations-abound-in-bicols-mining-industry/
Date of publication: 
11 October, 2012

“There is no truth to the claims of mining companies that they bring development and progress to the lives of the residents or to the local economy. They call a poisoned sea ‘progress’? They call beaches drying up and mountains levelled ‘progress’? And how could they say that they are helping residents when so many of us are jobless or underemployed?”

MANILA — Antonio Casitas is 74 years old and an enemy of irresponsible mining. In the Bicol Region, he is a recognized and respected peasant leader and environmental activist.

CSOs release results of independent investigation on Philex’s tailings spill

Source: 
NASSA & CCCP press release
Date of publication: 
2 October, 2012

On September 16-17, 2012, a fact-finding mission team, lead by the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP-NASSA) and the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) together with representatives from Philippine-Misereor Partnership and its Northern Luzon Cluster, Caritas Baguio, Cordillera People’s Alliance, Peace Foundation, Pambansang Kaisahan ng mga Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, Katribu Indigenous Peoples’ Partylist, and Community Volunteer Missioners, conducted an independent investigation on the reported mining tailings leak

Investigate Philex dam collapse - indigenous peoples

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http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12974704-investigate-philex-dam-collapse-indigenous-peoples
Date of publication: 
13 September, 2012

BAGUIO CITY — Indigenous peoples and environment watchdogs in the Cordillera today urged an independent environmental investigation mission (EIM) saying that Philex Mining Company’s tailings pond 3 (TP3) collapsed, not just leaked, as company earlier alleged.

Katribu Indigenous People’s Partylist, Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and Amianan Salakniban in a press conference said the EIM on Philex TP3 would evaluate the damages that the collapse of dam crest has caused from August 1-30 and should come up with recommendations that would best address the issue.

In earlier pronouncements,

Water in Surigao, Palawan mining communities contaminated - NGO

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By: Erwin Mascarinas, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/business/42651/water-contamination-found-in-surigao-palawan-mining-communities
Date of publication: 
9 September, 2012

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – A Japanese non-government organization said the results of its study in two mines and a processing plant operated by Nickel Asia Corp.

Philex unable to ensure safety of its mines in Benguet, must be shut down

Source: 
Defend Patrimony Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 September, 2012

Another discharge of mine tailings from Tailings Pond No.

‘Philex’s unstable tailings dam shatters myth of responsible mining’

Source: 
By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/08/22/%E2%80%98philex%E2%80%99s-unstable-tailings-dam-shatters-myth-of-responsible-mining%E2%80%99/
Date of publication: 
22 August, 2012

Philex has reportedly been filling its tailings ponds to way over its capacity, doing only “mitigating measures” against likely spills, and ignoring the pond’s ending lifespan.

MANILA – Residents of Benguet province and all communities downriver of Agno and San Roque dam continue to live in danger from the accumulated toxic wastes of Philex Mining Corporation. Although Philex has shut down since Aug.

Lumad woes highlighted on World Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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By DANILDA L. FUSILERO, Davao Today - http://davaotoday.com/main/2012/08/09/lumad-woes-highlighted-on-world-indigenous-peoples-day/
Date of publication: 
9 August, 2012

The Mindanao Lumad Alliance, Kalumaran, urges Aquino to “put an end to the killings, abuses, and military recruitment of Lumad paramilitaries in our communities that failed to bring peace and development” as it called to “stop this deception that mines, dams, and agribusiness will bring in development.”

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KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Philippines — August 9 marks United Nations (UN) Declaration of the World Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but Lumad groups said their communities are threatened from displacement due to ‘development’ projects and military operations.

Philex Mining says wastewater overflow stopped, Padcal mine stays closed

Source: 
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/268516/economy/agricultureandmining/philex-mining-says-wastewater-overflow-stopped-padcal-mine-stays-closed
Date of publication: 
6 August, 2012

Philex Mining Corp.

Philex suspends operations at Benguet mine after tunnel gets flooded

Source: 
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/268146/economy/companies/philex-suspends-operations-at-benguet-mine-after-tunnel-gets-flooded
Date of publication: 
3 August, 2012

Philex Mining Corp. suspended operations at its Padcal Mine site in Benguet after heavy rains from tropical depression Ferdie and Typhoon Gener flooded an underground tunnel, the company disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange Friday.

Philex shares dropped 7.59 percent to P20.12 at the end of Friday’s session following the announcement.

Philippines urged to stop killings of mining foes

Source: 
Agence France-Presse - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/230775/philippines-urged-to-stop-killings-of-mining-foes
Date of publication: 
18 July, 2012

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino should move to stop the killings of anti-mining activists as the Philippines pushes to revitalize the mining sector, a global rights body has said.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had documented three cases since October last year of three anti-mining and environmental activists allegedly killed by paramilitary forces who may have links to the military.

The victims had opposed mining activities that could displace tribal communities as well as destroy their communities, it said in a statement Tuesday.

“President (Benigno) Aquin

Formal complaint about UK Government mining policy in the Philippines

Source: 
Working Group on Mining in the Philippines
Date of publication: 
3 July, 2012

Right Honourable David Cameron MP
Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
Whitehall
London SW1A 2AA

3rd July 2012

Dear Prime Minister,

Commendably, you have recently emphasised that UK-registered companies must act responsibly when working overseas. We also note that you received a visit from the President Ninoy Aquino of the Philippines, earlier this month.

Farmers, Fisherfolks File Petition For Environmental Protection Order Against Mining

Date of publication: 
27 June, 2012

Farmers and fisher folks in Leyte went to court and filed an application for Temporary Environmental Protection Order (EPO) to stop the mining operation of Nicua Corporation in prime agricultural lands of Villa Imelda and adjacent barangays in MacArthur Leyte.

The plaintiffs led by Jesus Cabias, president of Unahin Lagi Natin ang Diyos – Bito Lake Fisherfolks Association (UNLAD-BLFA) and supported by Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), assert their right to a healthy and safe environment against the destructive effects of mining in their farmlands and lake.

“Water is life a

Environmentalists storm Philex stockholders’ meet, remind DENR not to allow delinquent company to operate

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press release
Date of publication: 
26 June, 2012

Environmental activists and militant groups stormed the annual stockholders meeting of the country’s biggest mining corporation Philex. The groups expressed their disgust and called on the stockholders to discontinue their support to Manuel Pangilinan’s main mining corporation.

“In spite of killing the Balog River, polluting the biggest multipurpose dam, and failing to pay its financial obligations to government institutions, Philex continues to operate its dangerous Padcal mining.

Mines Bureau: Chinese miner Nicua may have caused fish-kill in Leyte

Source: 
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/261932/economy/companies/mines-bureau-chinese-miner-nicua-may-have-caused-fish-kill-in-leyte
Date of publication: 
14 June, 2012

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Leo Jasareno said Thursday that Nicua Mining Corporation, which is currently being investigated by the bureau for allegedly causing a fish-kill incident in Lake Bito in Leyte province as well as converting farmlands into a mining site without authorization, is a responsible miner and if it did cause the fish-kill, it may have done so accidentally.

“But nevertheless, the company has to answer for the disaster they may have caused,” Jasareno added.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau, or MGB, launched an investigation two weeks ago, the results of whi

Surigao del Sur residents stage mining rallies: Bishop leads anti; Ex-Gov leads pro

Source: 
Mindanews - http://www.mindanews.com/environment/2012/04/29/surigao-del-sur-residents-stage-mining-rallies-bishop-leads-anti-ex-gov-leads-pro/
Date of publication: 
29 April, 2012

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/28 April) – Residents supporting and opposing mining in the province held separate rallies Saturday, the former led by Carrascal mayor and former Governor Vicente Pimentel, the latter led by Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar.

Odchimar, former president of the Catholic Bishop Church in the Philippines (CBCP) said he did not need to speak after seeing at least 4,000 residents from various towns gather in response to his and environmentalists’ call for an “all-out protest” against mining and to take a stand for mother earth.

Thousands more of repres

Cordillera Day 2012 Central Statement

Source: 
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.

International organisations respond to Chamber of Mines and Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Source: 
Statement on behalf of MiningWatch Canada, Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) and the Working Group on Mining in the Philippines
Date of publication: 
13 February, 2012

We are writing, as concerned international organisations, in response to press adverts and statements by the mining industry and their supporters regarding the ‘leaked' draft Executive Order on mining (apparently titled "Institutionalizing and Implementing Reforms in the Philippine Mining Sector, Providing Policies and Guidelines, and for Other Purposes).

Tampakan mining project feared to repeat ‘Sendong’ tragedy

Source: 
By Bong S. Sarmiento - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2011/12/25/tampakan-mining-project-feared-to-repeat-%E2%80%98sendong%E2%80%99-tragedy/
Date of publication: 
25 December, 2011

MANILA (MindaNews/24 December) — The devastating flash floods that struck Northern Mindanao and killed at least 1,100 residents on December 17 can be repeated” in Southwestern Mindanao if the large-scale Tampakan copper-gold project of Sagittarius Mines, Inc.

Lawmaker, activists blamed unbridled logging, mining in Mindanao pre-Xmas tragedy

Source: 
By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Franklin Roosevelt Dimaguiba - http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/11120829-lawmaker-activists-blamed-unbridled-logging-in-mindanao-prexmas-tragedy
Date of publication: 
17 December, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – A member of the Philippine parliament and an activist fisherfolk federation on Sunday blamed the unbridled large-scale mining and logging activities in Northern Mindanao region behind the pre-Christmas environmental tragedy that sent scores of ordinary people killed and hundreds missing.

Despite, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III order last February to halt all logging and mining operations in the region, local government officials closed to Malacanang, big mining and logging firms and their protectors in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were very enterprisi

Intex Resources Found in Breach of International Guidelines

Source: 
Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) Press Release
Date of publication: 
30 November, 2011

Tribal leaders to withhold support for Pulangui V

Source: 
By Carrell C. Magno and Laurie Ailynne M. Benito, Bangsamoro Center for Just Peace (Mindanews), http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2011/09/28/special-report-tribal-leaders-to-withhold-support-for-pulangui
Date of publication: 
28 September, 2011

Leaders of indigenous communities in Bukidnon have refused to engage in any discussion over the planned construction of the Pulangui V Hydroelectric Project (HEP), until dam proponents submit a cultural impact assessment that will detail the damage the dam will cause the tribes.

The dam, which is expected to generate 300 megawatts into the Mindanao grid, and 1,256 gigawatt hours of cheap renewable energy nationwide, is touted to provide more than half the projected power shortage in Mindanao by 2014.

Senator to monitor representation of indigenous peoples in LGUs

Source: 
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2011/09/18/senator-monitor-representation-indigenous-peoples-lgus-180133
Date of publication: 
28 September, 2011

SENATOR Loren Legarda, who chairs the Senate committee on cultural communities, has vowed to check on the implementation of a law that gives representatives of indigenous peoples (IP) a seat on local government boards.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (Ipra), passed in 1997, upholds the right of IPs “to participate fully, if they so choose, at all levels of decision-making in matters which may affect their rights, lives and destinies.”

Under the law, IPs get mandatory representation in “policy-making bodies and other local legislative councils.”

The Local Government department has a

Free and Prior Informed Consent screening sought

Source: 
Ma. Elena Catajan, http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2011/08/01/free-and-prior-informed-consent-screening-sought-170202
Date of publication: 
1 August, 2011

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet –- First district Board Member Johnny Waguis is seeking to look into all transactions involving Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) proceedings.

Waguis said he already submitted the title of the proposed resolution seeking to have all large scale mining, dam projects, as well as explorations requiring FPIC process to seek an endorsement from the Provincial Board.

The proposed ordinance requires all persons or entities intending to engage in large mining activities, hydroelectric power plants, engineered sanitary landfill and other projects requiring FPIC provide

Indigenous peoples dismayed by their absence in Sona

Source: 
Violeta M. Gloria, MindaNews - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2011/07/26/indigenous-peoples-dismayed-by-their-absence-in-sona
Date of publication: 
26 July, 2011

KORONADAL CITY – Delegates to an assembly of indigenous peoples expressed dismay at their being not mentioned in the second State of the Nation Address of President Benigno S.

Tribes to hold SIPA Monday

Source: 
http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/328084/tribes-hold-sipa-monday
Date of publication: 
24 July, 2011

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines (PNA) – Leaders and members of the indigenous peoples (IPs) groups in Mindanao have started to gather at the Christ the King Retreat Center (CKRC) in Koronadal City in South Cotabato since Thursday to deliver their State-of-the-Indigenous-People Address (SIPA) – their own version of President Aquino’s State-of-the-Nation Address (SoNA) Monday.

In a press statement, Legal Rights Center (LRC) official Cocoy Rebuta claimed that around 100 key leaders and chieftains from tribal groups – like the Manobo, Mamanwa, T’boli, B’laan, Subanen, Teduray, Higaonon, Ta

“Oceana Gold continues environmental and livelihood destruction, dislocation in Didipio, NV”-International study group

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
11 July, 2011

BAYOMBONG, NUEVA VIZCAYA—An international study tour recently held in large-scale mining affected communities in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya concluded that the mining development of foreign-owned Oceana Gold Philippines Inc.

Lumad datu not happy with P-noy’s visit to ‘anti-Lumad’ power plant

Source: 
PASAKA Press Release
Date of publication: 
16 September, 2010

Davao City —- Pnoy’s [President Benigno Aquino III] visit to the site of the 42.5 MW hydroelectric power plant in Sta. Cruz Davao Del Sur yesterday alarms Datu Monico Cayog, vice – chairperson of the PASAKA Confederation of Lumad Organizations in Southern Mindanao, for this signifies the president’s support to investments that have contributed to the dislocation and degradation of the lumads’ culture.

Cayog, a Bagobo-Tagabawa lumad from the foot of Mt.

Alternative Law Groups (ALG) commends the Supreme Court for issuing the New Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases

Source: 
Alternative Law Groups (ALG) Press Release
Date of publication: 
22 April, 2010

The Alternative Law Groups (ALG) commends the Supreme Court for issuing the New Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases just before the Earth Day Celebration. The new rule will be effective on April 29, 2010.

“The new rules would greatly help in the immediate resolution of cases as the high court has provided new remedies for the protection of the environment and new rules that are expected to facilitate the resolution of these cases”, said Atty. Marlon Manuel, coordinator of ALG.

Lumads And Bangsamoro Communities Bear the Costs of Development Projects that are Imposed against their Will

Source: 
DUYOG-Mindanao (DM) Statement
Date of publication: 
16 April, 2010

The Pulangi V Megadam Issue in Bukidnon

The Manobo tribes and the BangsaMoro communities from various towns in Cotabato and Bukidnon in Mindanao are facing increasing threats of either being drowned or displaced by the proposed Megadam project, the Pulangi V which they have staunchly opposed to this day. They protest that the Megadam Project is being imposed on them against their will, and without their free, prior and informed consent.

Government officials and the power firm behind the project say that the Pulangi V Dam is about development and progress in Mindanao.

Environmentalists welcome SMC Laiban Dam project cancellation-Challenge presidential bets to totally abandon the project

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
4 March, 2010

Multisectoral alliance Network Opposed to Laiban Dam (NO to Laiban Dam) and environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment welcomed the decision of Metropolitan Water and Sewerage System (MWSS) to terminate its joint venture with Danding Cojuangco-owned San Miguel Corporation over the Laiban Dam Project.

“This is a tactical victory for the indigenous peoples, local communities and the groups who campaigned against the project.

Alsons’ “enemies” declare victory

Source: 
http://www.cbcpnews.com/?q=node/12093
Date of publication: 
4 February, 2010

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The “enemies” of publicly-listed Alcantara and Sons Consolidated Resources, Inc.

SC rushes promulgation of rules for writ of kalikasan

Source: 
abs-cbnNEWS.com - http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/01/31/10/sc-rushes-promulgation-rules-writ-kalikasan
Date of publication: 
31 January, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) is now rushing the promulgation of the rules governing the issuance of the “writ of kalikasan,” which is expected to hasten the resolution of environmental cases.

Speaking before members of Philippine-Australian Alumni Association Inc.

Alsons’ bioethanol project a threat to food security

Source: 
http://www.cbcpnews.com/?q=node/12033
Date of publication: 
29 January, 2010

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY —Alcantara and Sons Consolidated Resources, Inc.’s (Alsons) bioethanol plant project in the hinterland barangays here is a big threat to this city’s food security program.

This as the city land use plan (CLUP) for Year 2000 of Cagayan de Oro stated that land devoted to crop cultivation is only 22 percent or 4,529 hectares of the city’s total land area.

Cagayan de Oro only has 20,646 hectares of agricultural land left, the CLUP 2000 said.

Carl Cesar Rebuta, team leader of the Cagayan de Oro City office of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasam

Stop the Laiban Dam Construction Before Another Tragedy Happens

Source: 
Cordillera Peoples Alliance Release
Date of publication: 
29 January, 2010

Reviving the ill-fated Laiban Dam in Rizal and Quezon Provinces in the Southern Tagalog Region is a tragedy waiting to happen and an outright violation to the collective rights of the Dumagat indigenous peoples.

Let us not forget the dreadful flooding due to the San Roque Dam (SRD) last year that submerged 10 towns in Pangasinan, and parts of Nueva Vizcaya and Tarlac, resulting to at least 700 deaths.

Use geohazard maps to prevent mining disasters, environmental alliance urges

Source: 
INQUIRER.net - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100123-249021/Use-geohazard-maps-to-prevent-mining-disasters-environmental-alliance-urges
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—-An anti-mining network is urging the government to use geohazard maps to review mining tenements and abandoned mines to prevent mining disaster.

The Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM), an advocacy group and people’s movement composed of more than 80 organizations from mining-affected communities and civil society organizations nationwide, said the Department of Environment of Natural Resources (DENR) P60 million geohazard mapping study of the Philippines identified landslide and flood prone areas in the country.

CPA calls for Decommissioning of San Roque Dam at Public Hearing conducted by Senate Committee on Climate Change in Pangasinan

Source: 
Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Press Release
Date of publication: 
26 November, 2009

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) reiterated its position for the decommissioning of the San Roque Dam during the 8th public hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Climate Change headed by its Chairperson, Senator Loren B. Legarda, on the devastating effects of Typhoon Pepeng held in San Manuel, Pangasinan on November 25, 2009. The public hearing aimed to set directions for effective disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation measures and strategies at all levels.

4000 signatures of opposition of the Biggest Hydro-Dam in Mindanao filed before DOE today

Source: 
LRC-KsK
Date of publication: 
16 October, 2009

Manila, Philippines – The Menovu-Pulangiyen and Menovu-Dunnguanen tribes of Southern Bukidnon, particularly the Municipalities of Damulog, Kibawe, Dangcagan, Kitaotao, and Pres. Roxas of North Cotabato gathered 4000 signatures as a manifest of their strong opposition and objection of the proposed Pulangi V hydro-Electric Project.

The opposition was filed and officially received by the Department of Energy (DOE) Central office in Taguig City, Metro Manila today.

The proposed Pulangi V Hydro dam is the biggest in Mindanao which would generate at least 300 Megawatts.

Bukidnon State University (BSU) host IP Month Celebration

Source: 
LRC-KsK Cagayan de Oro regional office
Date of publication: 
4 October, 2009

Malaybalay City – Bukidnon State University (BSU) under president Barroso in cooperation with Legal Rights and Natural Resources Inc-Kasama sa Kalikasa/Friends of the Earth Philippines (FoE-Phils) Cagayan de Oro regional Office will host the Indigenous People (IP) Month Celebration on October 5 – 9, 2009 to be held at BSU compound.

The activity would be a venue for the IP to celebrate the richness of their unique culture and allowing a cultural exchange that will foster deeper cultural understanding of the struggle of the IPs to self-determination.

Bukidnon host a dozens of corporate p

A Gathering to Save Mankayan from Further Env'l Ruin

Source: 
CPA News Release
Date of publication: 
17 July, 2009

Remember your children, remember our future/ Remember your children, remember mother nature.’

A Salidummay song performed by students of Mankayan National High School, this message cut across the gathering of Mankayan communities on July 16, 2009 in Brgy. Poblacion, Mankayan in a forum dubbed Speak Out for Truth, Land, Life and Future: Save Mankayan from Further Destruction which tackled the continuing ground subsidence, sinking and landslides in the said barangay since June 5.

CPA Supports Call for Independent Investigation in Mankayan Ground Subsidence

Source: 
Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Date of publication: 
3 July, 2009

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) welcomes Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan’s call for an independent investigation on the disastrous sinking and ground subsidence in Brgy. Poblacion, Mankayan. CPA also iterates the urgency of evacuating the residents of Poblacion to safer grounds, and for the immediate relocation of the Mankayan National High School and the Mankayan Elementary School.

Lepanto: Shattering its Own Myth of Safe and Responsible Mining

Source: 
Cordillera Peoples Alliance Public Information Commission
Date of publication: 
1 July, 2009

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance is issuing this story, following the recent environmental disaster in Mankayan, Benguet. July 26, 2009 marks the 10th year since the massive sinking, landslide and ground subsidence in Colalo Mankayan. Ten years after in the same province, the sinking and subsidence takes place in another barangay. More than ever, residents fear for their lives, knowing that no one is safe in Mankayan.

Edna (*not her real name) is near tears. The sinking in Colalo, Mankayan in 1999 remains fresh and real in her memory—and so does the fear it caused her and her family.

Cordillera Tribes Heighten Struggle Against Large-Scale Mines in Chico River Watersheds

Source: 
ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW, Northern Dispatch, Indigenous Peoples Watch - http://www.bulatlat.com/main/2009/06/06/cordillera-tribes-heighten-struggle-against-large-scale-mines-in-chico-river-watersheds/
Date of publication: 
6 June, 2009

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Like the anti-Chico Dam struggle in the 1980s, tribal elders in this province, 394 kms.

The Dam Industry’s Brave New World

Source: 
International Rivers Network - http://www.internationalrivers.org/en/blog/peter-bosshard/dam-industry%E2%80%99s-brave-new-world
Date of publication: 
3 March, 2009

There was a time when we were all expected to follow the law. There was a time when we had to respect clear social and environmental standards if we wanted to build a dam. These days may soon be over if the hydropower industry has its way. A new initiative called the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum puts social and environmental rights and standards at risk.

Over the last 20 years, the World Commission on Dams, the World Bank and various UN bodies issued standards and policies on the development of international infrastructure, mining and forestry projects.

Mega Dam Threatens Historical Heritage Site

Source: 
LRC-KsK release
Date of publication: 
8 October, 2008

This archeological site compose of stone formations similar to England stonehenge has never been recorded in the National Museum.

Found at the tribal Barangay of Mikasili, Damulog, Bukidnon, the stonehenge is in a hill with hundred of burial rocks. The site is near the riverbank of Pulangi river.

The “stonehenge” formation is an impressive engineering feat which could require present day workers huge time and effort to construct.

A stonehenge is a standing stone circle which can also found in England.

No commitment to settle land claims of Ibaloi folk

Source: 
Dexter A. See
Date of publication: 
2 May, 2008

No commitment to settle land claims of Ibaloi folk

SN Aboitiz can’t take over 2 dams if claims are not settled

Dexter A. See, Manila Bulletin – http://www.mb.com.ph/archive_pages.php?url=http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2...

2 May 2008

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The five decade quest of the displaced families for proper compensation for their vast track of land used as basins for the Ambuclao and Binga dams in Bokod and Itogon, Benguet, respectively, is not going anywhere.

Church and Government Leader Calls TVI Pacific a 'liar'

Source: 
By Tito Natividad Fiel, DIOPIM Committee on Mining Issues (DCMI)
Date of publication: 
11 November, 2006

Dipolog City – The Canadian mining company TVI Pacific has been portraying itself as a responsible miner, not just in the Philippines, but all over the world. However this image has been ruined when the highest church leader in the province of Zamboanga Del Norte has accused it recently of being a ‘liar company.’

A Failed Promise - The Dumingag Case

Source: 
By Ellen Red Inside Mindanao, Published in Mindanao Monitor
Date of publication: 
1 November, 2006

Dumingag, Zamboanga Del Sur – Reforestation was promised by logging companies to the people in this town. This never happened.

This time, with the promise of responsible mining of TVI Minerals Processing, Inc., the people in this town are wary; while others are downright saying not to the planned entry of the mining company. “Based on our experience, the areas that were destroyed by logging never again regained its former appearance and state. What more with mining where the mountain itself will be destroyed?”

Over 2600 Participate in an Anti-Mining Caravan which Culminates in Dipolog City

Source: 
by Maryanne Mutch, DCMI
Date of publication: 
17 June, 2005

Canatuan residents report that TVI mine tailings are leaking into their creeks.

Date of publication: 
4 May, 2005

DCMI has recently heard reports from the community on Canatuan that mine tailings from TVI’s operations have been leaking out into the Lumot Creek. This creek runs into the Lituban River which, in turn, runs into the Siocon River and to the coastal area.

FOEI Calls on Philippine Government to take action on extrajudicial killings

Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), in solidarity with all its member countries and community partners, call on the Philippine government to take action against the extrajudicial killings of environmental activists and indigenous peoples in the Philippines.

Statement

10 November 2012

Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), in solidarity with all its member countries and community partners, call on the Philippine government to take action against the extrajudicial killings of environmental activists and indigenous peoples in the Philippines.

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