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.
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 9 (PIA) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 12 is pushing a mineral reservation project in the municipalities of Kiamba and Maitum in Sarangani.
Just recently, Engr. Hernani G. Abdon, OIC chief of the Mine Management Division (MMD) of MGB 12, presented the project proposal to members of the Sangguniang Bayan of both municipalities in separate occasions.
In these meetings, Engr.
KORONADAL CITY—South Cotabato has shut the door on a possible review of the 2010 provincial environment code that bans open-pit mining and other mining practices.
Governor Daisy Fuentes made the pronouncement on Saturday shortly after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) endorsed for further review and evaluation a project feasibility study undertaken by Sagittarius Mines Inc.
Makati—Outraged indigenous Lumad people led protest actions in business offices of mining corporations in Metro Manila on Tuesday, demanding the withdrawal of mining corporations in their ancestral lands.
Some 200 protesters trooped the offices of Apex Mining Corporation, Sagittarius Mines Inc., TVI Resource Development, and Nickel Asia Corp.
PAGADIAN CITY, ZAMBO DEL SUR (April 27, 2014-MPF NEWS) – The Indigenous Peoples represented by the Council of Elders and Leaders belong to the Subanen Gataw Taasan Association, Inc.
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III today urged local government units to disallow “open-pit mining” that have turned precious farmlands into a moonscape.
“We cannot allow the unabated destruction of our land and water resources due to open-pit mining.
Protests across PH call for revocation of Aquino’s mining liberalization policies, cancellation of destructive mining projects
On the 19th anniversary of the passage of RA 7942 or the Mining Act of 1995, nationally-coordinated actions across the Philippines were launched today to call for the revocation of Pres.
The role of irresponsible large-scale mining in the heightening risks of disaster was highlighted during a People’s Forum on the Philippine Mining Situation held today at the Balay Internasyunal in the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the provincial government of Nueva Vizcaya from seizing and impounding freight containers containing mining products of OceanaGold Philippines Inc.
In a six-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Victoria Isabel Paredes, the CA’s Fourteenth Division held that OceanaGold’s operations may be paralyzed if the provincial government is not prevented from confiscating its products.
The appellate court also directed the provincial government, specifically its Environment and Natural Resources Office (En
We think of gold as a sign of prosperity, but the farmers and communities most affected by mining just want their rivers and land back.
“An engine of growth and prosperity,” announces the deep blue OceanaGold sign that greets us as we enter a small town in the northern Philippines. We’ve come a long and windy 12-hour drive through seven provinces from the Philippines’ capital city into the clouds of the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains.
Kalikasan fears more land grabs, disasters from big mines
A picket protest led by the Defend Patrimony!