Urbanisation

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.

Aeta tribal leaders assert control on ancestral lands

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By Reynaldo G. Navales - http://www.geekwire.com/2015/house-passes-space-mining-bill-allowing-companies-to-keep-what-they-find-in-asteroids/
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2015

CLARK FREEPORTLEADERS of the different Aeta tribal groups in Clark have asserted that they are in control of their ancestral lands and not the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) or any other entities.

The Aeta leaders, belonging to the Mabalacat Aeta Tribal Association (Mata) issued the statement in reaction to the work stoppage order issued by the CDC against the proponents of a US$2 million sewerage and sanitary disposal facility in Mabalacat City.

The CDC has issued a cease and desist order against the L.C.

The March to Progress in the Philippines

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By Ditsi Carolino, Al Jazeera - http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/viewfinder/2014/11/march-progress-philippines-2014112122317640995.html
Date of publication: 
4 November, 2014

A tribesman leads his village in resisting a development project that promises progress but threatens his tribe.

“Mr President, your idea of progress is not our idea of progress”, admonishes tribal man Vic to President Aquino of the Philippines.

Vic is one of 120 people from Casiguran, north of the Philippines, marching across the country to protest a controversial land development created by a powerful political dynasty.

The development promises to bring economic progress with resorts, an airport and factories. Construction has begun, destroying ricelands and displacing fisherfolk.

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

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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.

Armed men ambush vehicle of tribal chieftain supportive of mining

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By Bong S. Sarmiento - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2013/02/28/armed-men-ambush-vehicle-of-tribal-chieftain-supportive-of-mining/
Date of publication: 
28 February, 2013

KORONADAL CITY – Unidentified armed men ambushed the vehicle supposedly owned by a tribal chieftain supportive of the mining venture of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI).

Neraldo “Dot” Capion, tribal chieftain of Bong Mal, said two men armed with Garand and M-14 rifles fired at the vehicle carrying his wife Madelyn, 34, two other women, a child and the driver around 3 p.m.

Aurora project draws flak

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by Macon Ramos-Araneta - http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/05/03/aurora-project-draws-flak/
Date of publication: 
3 May, 2012

OPPOSITORS of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Free Port project in Casiguran led by the town’s parish priest on Wednesday slammed the apparent inaction of Malacañang on their plight.

Senator Edgardo Angara and his son, Aurora Rep. Jun Edgardo “Sonny” Angara co-sponsored Republic Act 10083, creating APECO.

The younger Angara and Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, the senator’s sister, sit on the economic zone’s Board.

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Aetas fighting for land rights draw inspiration from fallen leader

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Robert Gonzaga, Inquirer Central Luzon
Date of publication: 
22 August, 2011

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Before he died on July 31, Aeta leader Leonardo Abraham, who had fought for more than a decade for the rights of indigenous peoples in Bataan, was able to leave a blueprint for his community to follow in dealing with people and institutions that want to benefit from their lands.

In a July 19 letter to Zenaida Hamada-Pawid, chair of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Abraham rejected the Joint Management Agreement (JMA) proposed by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority on the ancestral domain of the Pastolan Aeta community.

The community holds a Cert

Commission meets to address tribal land woes

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http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/commission-meets-address-tribal-land-woes
Date of publication: 
30 December, 2010

NATIONAL Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Commissioner Bridget Pawid-Hamada vowed the region will be a model for upholding IP rights.

Hamada said that during the en banc meeting, one of the areas she will focus on is the interpretation of the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) for the benefit of the people.

The entire NCIP en banc, now back under the Office of the President, will be convened on the second week of January.

As a representative of the IPs in the Cordillera and Ilocos, one of Hamada’s utmost concerns is to finally settle the problems on ancestral land distributi

Agency wants 10% cut on Aeta claim in Subic

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Ayen Infante, Tribune - http://www.tribuneonline.org/business/20100823bus3.html
Date of publication: 
23 August, 2010

The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), the agency overseeing the welfare of indigenous communities in the country, was reportedly demanding 10 percent of the future earnings of an Aeta community from its shares on projects being set up in so-called ancestral domains in Subic Bay.

Pastolan Community Tribal chieftain Condrado Frenilla said NCIP head Roque Anton was said to be demanding from them a 10 percent equivalent share from the 10 percent take that the Aetas are getting from future investors locating in areas classified as ancestral domain inside the Subic Freeport zone.

Church and Government Leader Calls TVI Pacific a 'liar'

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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

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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

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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.

Itogon residents clamor for public consultation landfill

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12 July 2011

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Residents of Barangay Ampucao in Itogon petitioned for the conduct of free and prior informed consent (FPIC) relative to the proposed engineered sanitary landfill (ESL) in their village.

More than 80 residents filed a petition addressed to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Cordillera (NCIP-CAR) and project proponent, DOHWA Engineering Co.

The plight of the Aetas

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Rey Salita, Manila Standard

Aetas begging on the streets during the holidays are met with amusement and some degree of curiosity.

We frown on them when they use makeshift musical instruments in an attempt to provide their potential benefactors some entertainment.

Only a few of us urban dwellers appreciate the fact that the problems facing these indigenous peoples go deeper than cultural discrimination.

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