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.
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The Philippines has an estimated $840 billion worth of untapped mineral resources, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Philippines which is responsible for giving permits to mining companies to do exploration of mining areas and to commence operation. Small-scale mining industries have contributed to national revenues.
A big problem ensued with the signing of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 authored by then Senator Gloria Macapagal Arroyo which allowed 100% ownership of the claimed mining land area and minerals by foreign multinational mining corporations.
Provincial and national environmental groups held a picket protest at the national office of Australian large-scale mining corporation OceanaGold today, as tunneling activities for its underground mining commenced today amidst widespread opposition from local communities.
“OceanaGold’s demonstrates once again its penchant to brazenly bulldoze over the mounting opposition of communities in commencing its expansion towards underground mining.
For 20 years of continuing pollution and plunder, indigenous peoples, environmental advocates demand: ‘Scrap the Mining Act, PNoy resign!’
On the 20th year anniversary of the Mining Act of 1995, hundreds of indigenous peoples, environmental advocates and grassroots activists marched to Malacanang today bearing torches, makeshift spears, and a 10-foot effigy depicting President Noynoy Aquino as a backhoe-bulldozer monster.
Green NGO calls on gov’t to enact pro-people, patriotic People’s Mining Bill
Center for Environmental Concerns – Philppines (CEC) joined the call of various green and indigenous peoples groups and called on the government to junk the “inutile” Philippine Mining Act of 1995 and pass the alternative mining policy People’s Mining Bill into law, in a forum today at UP Diliman Balay Kalinaw.
“After 20 years of PMA, 10 years of mining revitalization, what has the Philippines gained? How much of our foreign debt have mining revenues paid?
Scrap the Mining Act Network led by Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) is gathering 20,000 signatures to sign the petition for the repeal of Republic Act 8371 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.
In a forum held Friday in St.
The Chamber of Mines says proposals to declare mining-free zones could limit the country’s potential for economic growth
MANILA, Philippines – Representatives from the mining sector expressed their reservations about the plan to declare 8 provinces as mining-free zones during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, February 17.
The hearing looked into 8 bills filed separately by 8 congressmen to declare their provinces and one district as off-limits to mining.
These areas are:Cagayan de Oro City Catanduanes Nueva Vizcaya Eastern Samar Nueva Ecija Biliran
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.
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.
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.
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.