Indigenous People's Rights Act (IPRA)

Up to 15 per cent of the Philippine population - about ten million people - belong to distinct indigenous communities and retain a close link with their traditions. They avoided Hispanisation during Spain's 350-year colonisation of the Philippines. In 1987, after the fall of the Marcos regime, a revised Philippine Constitution recognised the ancestral land rights of indigenous people, and ten years later, in 1997, those rights finally became law in the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act.

The Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act (IPRA) is modelled on the provisions of the UN Draft Declaration on Indigenous Peoples' Rights. In theory IPRA is one of the most enlightened laws dealing with Indigenous Peoples, recognising the free prior and informed consent (FPIC) of Indigenous Peoples, and asserting that in the absence of such a clear level of consent, a project cannot proceed. In practice however, this is regularly undermined, not least by legislation such as the 1995 Mining Code, which in many cases gives mining claims to the same Indigenous land supposedly covered by IPRA. Indigenous Peoples communities and organisations, and their supporters, have been vocal in fighting for their legal rights for many years, and the struggle continues.

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 t

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

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.

Indigenous peoples join call for Aquino ouster at the People’s SONA

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By DEE AYROSO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/07/29/indigenous-peoples-join-call-for-aquino-ouster-at-the-peoples-sona/
Date of publication: 
29 July, 2014

“Why are they depriving people of their lands?” – Mayeth Corpuz, an Agta, secretary general of the Samahan ng mga Katutubo sa Sierra Madre (SKSM)

MANILA — At the People’s State of the Nation Address on July 28, about 100 indigenous peoples came down from their mountain villages in Luzon and joined protesters in Metro Manila to call for a change in government policies, and President Aquino’s ouster.

From the Igorots of the north to the Mangyans of southern Luzon, indigenous peoples decry the same development aggression, dispossession of their ancestral lands and militarizati

State of the Indigenous Peoples Address 2014

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Statement from State of the Indigenous Peoples Address (SIPA) Meeting
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2014

Indigenous Peoples – For Truth, Justice, Peace & Equality!

We, the bae, datu, fulong, baylan, timuay, mantikadong, the indigenous leaders of indigenous communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, belonging to the different tribes of the B’laan, Higaonon, Kalanguya-Ifugao, Mansaka, Erumanen ne Menuvu, Erumanen ne Menuvu Kirinteken,Aeta-Abellen, Dumagat, Pala’wan, Subanen, Subanon, Ilongot, Manobo Matigsalog, Egongot (Ilongot) Bugkalot, Bukidnon, Manubo Blit, Teduray, Tagbanwa, Tasaday, Lambangi-an, Ybanag, Remontado, Aeta, Ayta, at T’boli-Ubo, together in solidarity with our friends

Zambo del Sur IPs call DENR for cancellation of 168 Ferrum MPSA

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By Jong D. Cadion - http://pagadianfrontline.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/zambo-del-sur-ips-call-denr-for.html
Date of publication: 
14 July, 2014

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur (MPF News) —- The Subanen Indigenous Communities of Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur through their economic arm, Subanen Gataw Taasan Association Incorporated (SUGATAI), warned and cautioned government officials from closing their eyes to the violations committed by 168 Ferrum Pacific Mining Corporation (168 Ferrum), IPs Official said.

SUGATAI Chairman Timuay Carlito Dalangon said Monday calling the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J.P.

Philippines: Tribes want lands out of Bangsamoro

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http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/615343/tribes-want-lands-out-of-bangsamoro
Date of publication: 
30 June, 2014

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Leaders of indigenous peoples have demanded that their ancestral lands be excluded from the proposed Bangsamoro territory, saying failure to do so would go against their “inherent and inalienable right to self-determination.”

“We cannot accept Bangsamoro as our identity.

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.

Philippines: 1500 IPs attended 1st Visayas-wide Rights Platform Consultation

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AIPP - http://iva.aippnet.org/philippines-news-release-1500-ips-attended-1st-visayas-wide-ppipr-consultation/
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2014

Baranggay Aglinab, Tapaz, Capiz. They came by teams, in batches of 10s, and groups of 20s and 30s.

Blaan leaders to NCIP: “No to Tampakan Mining – We want non-FPIC coverage!”

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Social Action Center of the Diocese of Marbel / Tampakan Forum press release
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2014

Social Action Center of the Diocese of Marbel / Tampakan Forum press release

Quezon City Leaders of the Blaan tribe of Bong Mal, Bong Banwe’, lobbied the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for a resolution on non-FPIC (Free, Prior and Informed Consent) coverage on the Tampakan mining project on Thursday, January 23, 2014.

Fulong Eking Freay, Erita Capion Galang and Sheryl Masday, with the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Marbel (SAC Marbel), were welcomed during the NCIP en banc meeting where they submitted a petition signed by community members.

Their petitio

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