Protected Areas

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

Source: 
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.

Missionary’s fear: More IP rights violations without gov’t action

Source: 
CBCP News - http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=62949
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2015

NORZAGARAY, Bulacan – A Catholic religious doing mission work among the Dumagats of Sierra Madre has denounced the recent killing of three civilians, including the head of a local Lumad school, in Surigao del Sur by alleged members of paramilitary group “Magahat,” fearing like incidents can happen to other IP communities in the country if the government remains blind to their plight.

Justice now

“Government authorities must do all they can so that victims of the crime get the justice they deserve.

Court of Appeals upholds NCIP, thumbs down MacroAsia’s Palawan mining bid

Source: 
by Leonard Postrado - http://www.mb.com.ph/court-of-appeals-upholds-ncip-thumbs-down-microasias-palawan-mining-bid/#GEXQZrm2kVUgpMvo.99
Date of publication: 
4 May, 2015

The Court of Appeals (CA) has thumbed down the bid of Lucio Tan-owned MacroAsia Corporation to conduct mining operation covering 1,113.98 hectares located at Sitio Linao, Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

In an 18-page decision penned by Associate Justice Danton Bueser, the CA’s Special Sixteenth Division upheld the validity of the resolution issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) denying MacroAsia’s application for issuance of a certification precondition necessary for the latter to proceed with the extraction activities at Brooke’s Point.

The appellate court agr

For indigenous voices in land use, a seat at the table isn’t necessarily enough

Source: 
BY Kate Evans - http://blog.cifor.org/26469/indigenous-participation-land-use-management-philippines-forests-protected-areas#.VOWR9CwlJ_i
Date of publication: 
20 January, 2015

Formalizing indigenous people’s participation in protected area management is not enough to ensure they can actually defend their interests against more powerful actors, a new study has found.

If participation is to meaningfully include marginalized groups, we must examine how it happens on the ground, says the paper’s lead author, Tessa Minter, a post-doctoral researcher from Leiden University and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

That’s exactly what Minter and colleagues did, studying how a group of indigenous people in a Philippines protected area partici

MGB 12 proposes mineral reservation project in Sarangani towns

Source: 
http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611418100542/mgb-12-proposes-mineral-reservation-project-in-sarangani-towns
Date of publication: 
9 December, 2014

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 9 (PIA) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 12 is pushing a mineral reservation project in the municipalities of Kiamba and Maitum in Sarangani.

Just recently, Engr. Hernani G. Abdon, OIC chief of the Mine Management Division (MMD) of MGB 12, presented the project proposal to members of the Sangguniang Bayan of both municipalities in separate occasions.

In these meetings, Engr.

Philippine ethnic groups want bill recognizing conservation rights

Source: 
Pia Ranada, http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/environment/72866-ph-indigenous-peoples-icca-bill-conservation-rights
Date of publication: 
23 October, 2014

They say existing laws on conservation do not address new concerns on preserving ecologically-important sites that are also sacred to the IPs

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine indigenous peoples want a bill that will strengthen their rights to conserve and protect natural resources inside their ancestral domains.

On the second day of the National Conference on Indigenous Communities Conserved Areas on Wednesday, October 22, tribal leaders applauded plans for such a bill to be sponsored by Ifugao representative Teddy Baguilat Jr.

“The bill will see to it that indigenous initiatives, i

Philippines: Probe into relocation of Badjaos sought

Source: 
Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/642918/probe-into-relocation-of-badjaos-sought
Date of publication: 
6 October, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Militant lawmakers have sought an investigation into the relocation of Badjaos to the mountains of Zamboanga City after the failed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) siege last year.

Gabriela Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus filed House Resolution 1409 to call for the probe.

Hundreds of Badjao families were relocated to Tulungatong, Mampang and other villages far from the sea, Ilagan and De Jesus said.

Mindanao natural resources, protectors under siege

Source: 
By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/05/25/mindanao-natural-resources-protectors-under-siege/
Date of publication: 
25 May, 2014

First of two parts

Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) warned that the largely undocumented biodiversity in Pantaron Range might disappear, along with the indigenous knowledge of the Talaingod Manobos who have protected the forests of the mountain range over the past decades, if they continue to be driven out of their ancestral domain as a result of massive troop deployment and military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

MANILA – This is a familiar story by now – once upon a time, the Philippines had an extensive forest cover.

Local knowledge on biodiversity in Pantaron Range might vanish along with flora and fauna

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE / KAMP statement
Date of publication: 
18 May, 2014

The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) warned that the largely undocumented biodiversity in Pantaron Range might disappear, along with the indigenous knowledge of the Talaingod Manobos that have protected the forests of the mountain range over the past decades, if the displacement of the indigenous Lumad communities caused by the militarization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) persists.

This was among the major conclusions of the environmental group during their participation in a National Solidarity Mission (NSM) organized by national and local peo

Solidarity for the Manobo people’s struggle for the protection of land rights, self-determination, and the environment

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE / Karapatan / KAMP Joint appeal
Date of publication: 
11 May, 2014

Dear fellow advocates:

The Pantaron Range is a mountainous area that contains one of the last remaining primary forests in Mindanao, a part of our few remaining biodiversity corridors, and is a critical watershed for major river systems such as the Pulangi, Lasang and Davao rivers.

‘Still no peace for majority of BangsaMoro people in new Aquino-MILF deal’

Source: 
By Marya Salamat, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/03/31/still-no-peace-for-majority-of-bangsamoro-people-in-new-aquino-milf-deal/
Date of publication: 
31 March, 2014

“The Moro people will continue to endure the national oppression, economic subjugation and dire poverty and backwardness albeit under the signboard of a supposedly newer and better form of regional autonomy.” – Moro Christian Peoples’ Alliance

MANILA – Amid the euphoria and plaudits that greeted the newly-signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the ordinary Moro and those supporting their centuries-old struggle cannot clap yet nor rest their case.

“We recognize the determined effort of the MILF to mainstream the Bangsamoro problem and put forward solutions t

Send the Aurora Free Port Zone project to the grave – farmers, fisherfolk

Source: 
By GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/01/23/send-the-aurora-free-port-zone-project-to-the-grave-farmers-fisherfolk/
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2014

“The Apeco law, which established the freeport zone in the province, ushered a new era of land grabbing and plunder of natural resources to the detriment of the indigenous people, farmers and small fisherfolk in Casiguran, Aurora.

MANILA- Groups opposed to the controversial Aurora Pacific Economic and Free Port zone pressed members of the House of Representatives to start the debate and pass House Bill No.

Philippine biodiversity faces dire threats

Source: 
Roxana Isabel Duerr, Deutsche-Welle – Global Ideas - http://www.dw.de/philippine-biodiversity-faces-dire-threats/a-17301439
Date of publication: 
17 December, 2013

The incessant exploitation of natural resources in the Philippines is crippling the country’s rainforest and biodiversity as well as robbing indigenous people of their livelihoods.

The Philippines are part of the so-called “megadiversity regions,“ a group of 17 countries home to a significant proportion of the world’s biodiversity

Considered to be protectors of nature and the environment, the dryad or tree nymph “Diwata” is worshipped as a God-like creature in some regions of the Philippines.

Indigenous peoples press for ancestral land, other rights

Source: 
By ADELA MAYBELLE DEYAEN WAYAS, Northern Dispatch - http://bulatlat.com/main/2013/08/12/indigenous-peoples-press-for-ancestral-land-other-rights/
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2013

The updated IP Agenda was divided into four themes: on IP lands, territories, resources and development aggression; on human rights, militarization and peace; NCIP, conflicting laws and FPIC; and on social services, Post-2015 Development goals, Climate Change adaptation and Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Preparedness and Response Measures.

MANILA — About 80 tribe leaders from different communities in the country gathered to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in a forum held in Quezon City.

The National Forum on Indigenous Peoples and

Palawan: Stop oil palm expansion now!

Source: 
A statement from ALDAW
Date of publication: 
24 March, 2013

My people, the indigenous communities of southern Palawan URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP. Please sign and circulate the two petitions against
oil palm expansion that we have just launched through Care.org and Change.org platforms.

Citinickel pays P375,000 fine for Palawan mine spill

Source: 
by Rappler.com - http://www.rappler.com/business/special-report/whymining/whymining-latest-stories/21317-citinickel-pays-p375,000-fine-for-palawan-mine-spill
Date of publication: 
8 February, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. has paid the over P375,000 penalties to the government following the November silt spill in its Palawan operations.

In a disclosure to the stock exchange on Friday, February 8, Citinickel’s parent, Oriental Peninsula Resources Group Inc., said it has also constructed additional silting pond to prevent a similar incident in the future.

“Yes we confirm that there was an incident of overflowed water with silt in one of our silting pond…in one of our nickel mining operation located in Brgy.

MGB to probe, fine mining firm over silt spill in Palawan

Source: 
Written by Jonathan L. Mayuga / Reporter - http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/news/regions/8710-mgb-to-probe-fine-mining-firm-over-silt-spill-in-palawan
Date of publication: 
3 February, 2013

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will investigate the extent of the environmental damage caused by a spill at a silt pond in Palawan province’s Narra town that belonged to the Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. (CMDC), it was learned over the weekend.

MGB Director Leo Jasareno said the CMDC, the mining unit of publicly listed Oriental Peninsula, is liable for the spill and would be fined the same way Philex Mining Corp. was over the August 1, 2012, tailings pond leak at the Pacdal mine in Tuba and Itogon towns, Benguet province.

“We need to make an assessment.

Death of two rivers in Palawan imminent if Citinickel mining continues

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
3 December, 2012

The large-scale mining operations of the Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation’s Pulot nickel mining project will potentially result in the biological death of at least two rivers adjacent to its tenement in the province of Palawan.

Nelson Mallari: Hero of the Aetas, champion of people’s rights

Source: 
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/08/05/nelson-mallari-hero-of-the-aetas-champion-of-people%E2%80%99s-rights/
Date of publication: 
5 August, 2012

He was an Aeta who held his head up high while fighting for the rights of Aetas, indigenous peoples, and oppressed sectors of Philippine society. Ka Nelson was a “treasure of the Aeta people.”

FLORIDABLANCA, Pampanga – After ten years, Nelson Mallari was finally back in his hometown in Nabuclod mountain.

The Aeta leader would have wanted to return alive but circumstances did not allow him to.

WWF launches book on Palawan indigenous group

Source: 
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/03/17/12/wwf-launches-book-palawan-indigenous-group
Date of publication: 
19 March, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines on Thursday launched a book on the conservation strategies for nature of an indigenous group in Northern Palawan.

“The Tagbanua of Malampaya Sound” chronicles the lives of the Tagbanua indigenous people and their stewardship efforts to preserve the natural beauty of Malampaya Sound.

Noting the thousand-year pristine state of the Tagbanua’s forests, rivers and coasts, author Dr.

Mining share to GDP in past decade “very modest,” MGB stats reveal

Source: 
Stsatements, ABS-CBN et al
Date of publication: 
5 March, 2012

‘Mining a social justice issue’

By Christian S. Monsod – http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/03/03/12/christian-monsod-mining-socia...

3 March 2012

The mineral wealth of our country, as the mining industry reminds us, is “staggering” – about $840 billion. Its potential to contribute to our country’s development cannot be discounted. While mining has never been a driver of our development, not even during the mining boom of the seventies, we are here to find out if there is a way to realize that potential.

Irresponsible mining behind Palawan river contamination— environmental activist groups

Source: 
Kalikasan-PNE Press Statement
Date of publication: 
22 February, 2012

Nickel mining operations in Palawan Island have already contaminated a nearby river system with unsafe levels of carcinogenic or cancer-causing chemicals, Filipino and Japanese environmental groups today revealed.

At a press conference earlier this morning in Quezon City, environmental activists from Friends of the Earth Japan (FoE-Japan) and the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) presented findings from an environmental field research study conducted in a river located downstream near the Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation’s (RTNMC) mining operations and the Cor

Visayan People's Declaration on Mining and the Ecology

Source: 
Conference Statement, Sun Star
Date of publication: 
15 February, 2012

Scrap the Philippine Mining Act of 1995,
Enact the Philippine Mineral Resources Act of 2011!

WE, the PARTICIPANTS to the 1st Visayan Conference on Mining and Ecology, representing various organizations of farmers, indigenous people communities, women, urban poor, workers, service workers, students, professionals, the church, media, and business from the many islands of Visayas, conscious of our right to a balanced and healthy ecology in the spirit of precautionary principle and inter generational responsibility are deeply concerned.

Our economy is based on agriculture, forestry, fishe

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

Mining proponents, opponents slug it out in Senate

Source: 
Neil A. Alcober - http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/news/top-stories/12944-mining-proponents-opponents-slug-it-out-in-senate
Date of publication: 
11 December, 2011

Anti-mining advocates presented their case on the ill effects of mining before the Senate committee on agriculture.

The group “Save Palawan Movement” insisted that irresponsible mining practices in the country have resulted in the reduction of forest cover, water pollution, and displacement and health problems of farmers, fisher folk and indigenous communities.

The Save Palawan Movement is a multi-sectoral coalition that launched a “No to Mining in Palawan” signature campaign in the hope of putting an end to mining activities in the province, known as the Philippines’ last ecol

Zamboanga del Sur hosts biggest anti-mining protest

Source: 
Jun Pasaylo Home - http://www.philstar.com/nation/article.aspx?publicationsubcategoryid=200&articleid=757046
Date of publication: 
10 December, 2011

PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines – More than five thousand residents of Zamboanga del Sur province started a two-day march Friday (Dec.

Chinese Investors Face Angry Crowd of Protesters on Palawan Island

Source: 
http://intercontinentalcry.org/chinese-investors-face-angry-crowd-of-protesters-on-palawan-island/
Date of publication: 
11 November, 2011

Indigenous peoples and farmers gathered in Brooke’s Point city this week to protest against another mining threat on Palawan Island. Ancestral Land/Domain Watch (ALDAW) reports.

On 10 November, indigenous peoples and farmers led by people’s organizations such as ALDAW gathered in Brooke’s Point city proper to protest against the mining plans of the Jinchuan Group Ltd. (http://www.jnmc.com/default.asp). The company has signed a memorandum of agreement with MacroAsia Corporation for joint investments in Palawan, estimated to reach $1 billion.

Green Groups Laud SC Resolution Banning Mining In Zambopen

Source: 
ALYANSA TIGIL MINA (ATM) Press Release
Date of publication: 
31 August, 2011

Hits MGB and says “no go zones” for mining must be established

Quezon City—Groups commend the Supreme Court en banc decision and issuance of writ of kalikasan to ban mining in Zamboanga Peninsula, last August 16.

“This was a quick and positive response from the High Court.

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

Source: 
MELODY M. AGUIBA - http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/319257/govt-considers-closetomining-policy-mappedout-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.

Mining firm gives up exploration permit to support eco-tourism

Source: 
PIA Press Release - http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=1&t=1&id=29514
Date of publication: 
28 April, 2011

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – MacroAsia Corporation (MacroAsia) has voluntarily given up its mining exploration permit application (EPA) covering 4,500 hectares of land that traverse the municipalities of Roxas and San Vicente in an endeavor to strongly support the eco-tourism undertakings of the provincial government in Northern Palawan.

In a letter sent to Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Director Roland A. De Jesus on March 31, MacroAsia VP-Mining Operations Ramon N.

MBMI Receives FTAA Cancellation Notice

Source: 
Marketwire - http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/MBMI-Receives-FTAA-marketwire-1714846883.html?x=0
Date of publication: 
19 April, 2011

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIAMBMI RESOURCES INC.

Postcard campaign to protect the people of Midsalip

Source: 
Working Group on Mining in the Philippines
Date of publication: 
1 February, 2011

The following pdf attachments are campaign postcards that have been created to support the Subaanen people of Midsalip, who are facing threats to their land and livelihoods from mining companies (see other articles on this site for more background).

Dear Mr President,

We support the cancellation of all exploration and mining permits for open-pit mineral extraction in the critical watersheds of the Mt Sugarloaf Key Biodiversity Area (No.

Environment says small scale mining threatening Vizcaya's world-class-cave

Source: 
PNA - http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?&sid=6 &pfn=316981
Date of publication: 
6 December, 2010

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – Small Scale mining if not regulated in Kasibu town will lead to the destruction of its world-class cave system, an environmental organization here warned Monday.

“Small scale mining which is rampant in barangays Didipio and Alimit in the municipality of Kasibu is more destructive than timber poaching and the Capissaan cave system is now under threat of losing its natural wonders,” said Teresita Acosta, executive director of the Friends of the Environment for Development and Sustainability (FRENDS).

In Barangays Didipio and Alimit which is within the Malab

Revision of ADSP sought

Source: 
By Herbert P. Mapiles, Sun Star Pampanga
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2010

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Pampanga Provincial Government has sought the revision of the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Plan (ADSP) as previously formulated by the Municipal Government of Floridablanca, members of the indigenous communities and National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP).

This was the result of the consultation held Thursday in this city attended by Aetas, NCIP officials and other stakeholders.

Under the existing ADSP, the role of the Provincial Government in the development plan has not been identified.

As this developed, Governor Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda propose

Tribal leader to PEF: Secure FPIC before eagle releases

Source: 
Walter I. Balane - http://mindanews.com/main/2010/07/18/tribal-leader-to-pef-secure-fpic-before-eagle-releases/
Date of publication: 
18 July, 2010

MALAYBALAY CITY – Manobo tribal leader Datu Ampuan Jeodoro Sulda has a word of advice to the people at the Philippine Eagle Foundation — secure a free and prior informed consent (FPIC) first if they plan to release an eagle, according to a report from the secretariat of the Kitanglad Integrated NGOs (KIN).

Sulda was quoted as saying the PEF needs to undergo the FPIC as spiritual and cultural consultation with the lumads and their ancestors who live in the protected areas.

Two eagles, Kagsabua and Hineleban, which the PEF released to the wilds of Mt.

Crucial Days for Palawan "UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve" Before Newly Elected Government Takes Over

Source: 
ALDAW NETWORK
Date of publication: 
16 June, 2010

The so-called anti-mining “karaban rally” composed of about 600 protesters from farmers and indigenous communities reached Palawan capital city (the Philippines) on the 7th of June. The main scope of the peaceful effort was to request the Provincial Government not to endorse the proposed plans of MacroAsia and Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC), and to clarify matters on the Canadian-based MBMI mining company’s newly approved Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) application.

Midnight Mining Deal Hit by Green Groups -- Palawan activists get national and international support

Source: 
ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
8 June, 2010

Manila — Green groups accused the DENR of fast-tracking a mining contract in Palawan, calling the agreement a “midnight deal that is insulting and a threat to ecological balance not only in Palawan but in the whole Philippines.” Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) stated that they have reliable information that a mining contract has been approved by DENR, without the necessary consultations and failing to secure consent from affected communities.

Indigenous Peoples Unite Against Mining in Palawan

Source: 
http://intercontinentalcry.org/indigenous-peoples-unite-against-mining-in-palawan/
Date of publication: 
5 June, 2010

Indigenous Peoples were ‘shocked’ to learn this week that the application of three new Philippine mining firms has been approved into one Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) on Palawan, a UNESCO “Man and Biosphere Reserve” in the Philippines.

Approval of this FTAA application will allow the Canadian mining firm MBMI and its Philippine Partners to substantially increase exploration activities and to progress toward full-scale nickel operations in the municipalities of Rizal, Bataraza, and Narra.

In response to the news—and the ongoing incursion of mining developments in Pa

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.

Groups question Arroyo conservation award

Source: 
Christian V. Esguerra, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100408-263013/Groups-question-Arroyo-conservation-award
Date of publication: 
8 April, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to fly to the United States next week to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., where she will also receive the International Conservation Award from the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF).

Ms Arroyo will be conferred the award during formal rites at the US Congress on April 14.

An alliance of local environmental groups and religious organizations, however, has expressed its “absolute opposition” to Ms Arroyo’s being so honored.

Midnight mine deal disgusts Sibuyan Island Communities

Source: 
ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
17 February, 2010

MANILA, Philippines —Sibuyan Island communities in Romblon province express disappointment on Tuesday regarding the large-scale mining license given by the Philippine government to a Canada-based mining firm.

Dubbed as Galapagos of Asia by international scientists, Sibuyan Island in the province of Romblon has been a target of several mining companies. One of which is Altai Philippines Mining Corporation (APMC), holdings firm of Sibuyan Nickel Properties Development Corporation (SNPDC) and subsidiary of Canada-based Altai Resources planning to mine nickel on the island.

Atienza revokes Norwegian firm’s Mindoro mining clearance

Source: 
INQUIRER.net - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20091127-238714/Atienza-revokes-Norwegian-firms-Mindoro-mining-clearance
Date of publication: 
27 November, 2009

MANILA, Philippines – Environment Secretary Lito Atienza has revoked the clearance of Norway-based Intex Resources to mine nickel on Mindoro Island, anti-mining groups announced Friday.

This came on the 11th day of protest fast staged by the Mangyans and religious people from Mindoro demanding a halt to Intex's plan to dig for nickel ore about 11,200 hectares of land in Mindoro, said Father Edwin Gariguez, one of the hunger strikers.

Facts on nation's environment speak louder than politicians' claims-- green groups

Source: 
Kalikasan-PNE Press Statement
Date of publication: 
28 July, 2009

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources was quick to attack the assessment of environmental activists that environmental degradation and natural resource depletion aggravated during the term of President Arroyo.

Conserving the Mt Kimangkil Forest Corridor: an example of Higaonon ecological and cultural advocacy

Source: 
Forest Corridor Conference Press Release
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2009

Cagayan de Oro City – The Higaonon are the first peoples, the original peoples of Northern Mindanao. Through generations they have been able to assert their rights to cultural integrity and maintain ecological stability. This concept becomes all the more clear if one takes a closer look at the intact forest ecosystems of the Higaonon in Bukidnon, especially in the areas surrounding Mount Kimangkil.

The Higaonon residing in and around Mt. Kimangkil form a corridor of ancestral domains with good quality forests.

Gov't not serious on implementing IPRA: Lumads

Source: 
SunStar Cagayan de Oro City
Date of publication: 
10 October, 2008

ELEVEN years after the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) has been implemented, only one Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) had been awarded to indigenous peoples or lumad in Misamis Oriental.

In April 7, 2006, Pamalihi, a Higa-onon tribal council in Misamis Oriental, rejoiced when their ancestral domain claim in Mt. Balatukan was finally awarded to them.

It took them though seven years of lobbying before their claim was awarded to them.

Today, even that small victory is slipping away.

The National Government has declared the entire mountain range of Mt.

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.

Activists protest killing of biodiversity conservationist, 14th environmentalist killed under PNoy

Activists protest killing of biodiversity conservationist, 14th environmentalist killed under PNoy

Kalikasan PNE Press Release

17 May 2012

QUEZON CITY – Ecologists and activists today staged a condemnation rally at the Department of National Defense in response to the recent string of killings of environmental advocates.

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