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