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.

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

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.

Giving indigenous peoples a face

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By Vincent Cabreza - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/535431/giving-indigenous-peoples-a-face#ixzz2lrOiiF2o
Date of publication: 
26 November, 2013

Elsie Mokudef, a Teduray elder from Looy, South Upi town in Maguindanao province, appreciates the government initiative to put a face to poverty when it embarked on a national household survey aimed at profiling the poorest people who qualify for its poverty alleviation projects.

That is until she realized that the “face” bears little resemblance to her and her clan.

“Many of my fellow Teduray have no birth certificates, which make it difficult for us to access the 4Ps (the government’s conditional cash transfer project called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) and other social

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.

Corporate projects in ancestral domains causing conflicts with Lumads, says NCIP-10

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By Walter I. Balane - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2013/09/25/corporate-projects-in-ancestral-domains-causing-conflicts-with-lumads-says-ncip-10/
Date of publication: 
25 September, 2013

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 September) – Conflicts between corporations and Lumads or indigenous peoples were among the cases filed before the Regional Hearing Office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Region 10, an official said Wednesday.

Lawyer Trinidad Cardona, NCIP-10 hearing officer said the conflicts involve companies that are using portions of ancestral domains for business projects.

She said one recent case was between a group of IP leaders in Bukidnon and a foundation formed by a fruit company that wanted to implement a watershed project in areas w

Tribe rejects mining bid in Kalinga land

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http://www.philstar.com/nation/2013/09/18/1224971/tribe-rejects-mining-bid-kalinga-land
Date of publication: 
18 September, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The “Guinaang” tribal folks in Pasil town in Kalinga province have rejected a mining application over at least 3,000 hectares of their ancestral lands.

In a manifesto of the Guinaang Indigenous People Organization (GIPO), the folks signified their rejection of the proposed mining application of the Makilala Mining Co. Inc.

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