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.

Ifugao tribe snaps at short-circuited consultations for dam project

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By: Arthur L. Allad-iw, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/113989/ifugao-tribe-snaps-at-short-circuited-consultations-for-dam-project
Date of publication: 
11 July, 2015

LAMUT, Ifugao – For more than an hour from the poblacion of this town, we traversed rugged and slippery roads, where a driver’s miscalculation could mean a fatal fall onto the ravines.

It was back-breaking travel for city-based journalist with friends from the National Union of Peoples Lawyers, but our consolation was the beauty of the landscape, the rolling hills, the floating clouds of various shapes, and rivers that surged in between mountains.

Finally we reached our destination – the rich agricultural village of Barangay Dulao, Lagawe of this province.

But juxtaposed again

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.

MGB, NCIP stop mining activities in ancestral domain of IPs in Zambo Sur

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http://www.zambotimes.com/archives/news/90941-MGB,-NCIP-stop-mining-activities-in-ancestral-domain-of-IPs-in-Zambo-Sur.html
Date of publication: 
22 June, 2015

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) jointly issued a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) against mining operations within the Indigenous Peoples (IP) ancestral domain areas in this province.

Timuay Langhap Rio Olimpio Lingating, head of the Subanen tribes, said Monday that covered by the CDO are the mining operations in Barangays Deborok and Lourdes in this city; Barangay Mati, Tigbao; and in Barangays Langapod and Noboran, Labangan.

Lingating’s group is known as the Pikumpungan Subanen Gataw Te

Lepanto needs community's consent - mayor

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By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/05/28/lepanto-needs-communitys-consent-mayor-410083
Date of publication: 
28 May, 2015

THE mayor of Mankayan town is convinced Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation (LCMC) still needs the consent of the community to keep its gold mines in the area open.

Lepanto needs a Free Prior Informed Consent because “that is the law,” Mayor Materno Luspian said.

Lepanto is seeking renewal of its Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) for its Victoria mine in Benguet after it expired last March.

Local officials insist the company cannot apply for a renewal without an FPIC, which is required by the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA).

But Lepanto said it is not covere

B’laan leaders submit petition to NCIP en banc, claim illegal activities of regional offices

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Tampakan Forum Press Release
Date of publication: 
27 May, 2015

Cagayan de Oro – Leaders of B’laan from Bong Mal in Tampakan, South Cotabato submitted today a position paper to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) en banc against their regional counterparts’ activities to facilitate the free prior and informed consent (FPIC) required for the Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

Five leaders went to CDO to request the en banc to immediately order the postponement of any FPIC-related activities in their area.

Lumad in the Bangsamoro: Dreams and Fears

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LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women's Rights) & Focus on the Global South release
Date of publication: 
26 May, 2015

The Lumads have consistently expressed their support for the peace process in Mindanao; and have been equally consistent in articulating their position that a genuine and lasting peace can only be based on inclusiveness and justice.

In May 2014, Lumad leaders both from the core areas and the adjacent areas of the proposed Bangsamoro territory came to Manila to reach out to peace and human rights advocates, and the public in general, to articulate their side of the story on this peace process.

Ruling on Lepanto permit

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By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/05/24/ruling-lepanto-permit-409265
Date of publication: 
24 May, 2015

THE government cannot shut down Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation’s gold mining operations in Benguet while a court case is pending, a mining official has admitted.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau is insisting that Lepanto cannot operate because its mining contract in Benguet expired in March.

But the mining firm contested the MGB order before a Makati City court and the court ruled that Lepanto can continue its operations until dispute over the renewal of its contract is resolved by an arbitration council.

“We cannot do anyt

Bangsamoro Basic Law falls short on UN indigenous peoples rights

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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz - http://www.rappler.com/views/imho/93758-bbl-falls-short-un-indigenous-peoples-rights
Date of publication: 
20 May, 2015

Part 1 of 2

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples thinks the proposed Bangsamoro law falls short in meeting the minimum international standards for the survival, dignity, and well being of indigenous peoples

In light of the Bangsamoro Basic Law’s (BBL) impending adoption by the Philippine House of Representative and Senate, I would like to share my views on House Bill No. 4994 and its amended version.

The final adopted version of the BBL will have direct impacts on the rights of the Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples.

Mining Companies in Philippines Face Many Travails

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By Trefor Moss, Wall Street Journal - http://www.wsj.com/articles/mining-companies-in-philippines-face-many-travails-1431467078
Date of publication: 
12 May, 2015

Red tape, opposition from indigenous people mar efforts to fulfill country’s mining potential

On the island of Mindoro in the Philippines, a tribe contemplates the impact a proposed nickel mine will have on its way of life.

MINDORO, The Philippines—The island’s name means “gold mine” in Spanish, but it was nickel that was ultimately found in the mountains of Mindoro two decades ago.

Since then, like so many Philippine mining ventures, the proposed Mindoro Nickel project roughly 100 miles south of Manila has struggled to break ground because of onerous red tape and opposi

Philippines: Palm oil plantations left peasants and indigenous peoples landless, deprived of livelihood, says APC

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http://iva.aippnet.org/philippines-palm-oil-plantations-left-peasants-and-indigenous-peoples-landless-deprived-of-livelihood-says-apc/
Date of publication: 
10 May, 2015

On May 09-10, a National Oil Palm Conference was held in Davao City, Philippines which was organized by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Region (RMP-NMR), Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) and Hongkong-based Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC).

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