Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) exists to uphold and promote the collective and individual human rights of Indigenous Peoples and other land-based communities. PIPLinks was founded in 1992 in response to requests for support from Philippine Indigenous Peoples' organisations, where much of our work is focussed. Also known as Indigenous Peoples Links, the organisation, which is based in the United Kingdom, works on the same issues globally.

This website is divided between materials on Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines and around the world. These materials are divided under specific subject headings - such as those to do with the legal rights or culture of Indigenous Peoples - or geographically. Although the site contains many published materials available elsewhere, and links to other sites, we are aiming where possible to publish unique materials, such as statements from communities or interviews, that are not available elsewhere.

We welcome inquiries, comments on this site and invitations to speak. We are always in need of active supporters, donations, volunteers and friends of all kinds. Please contact us for more information.

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

Philippines: Sustainable development through community engagement

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By Cielo Magno - http://www.publishwhatyoupay.org/sustainable-development-through-community-engagement-the-case-for-the-sdgs/
Date of publication: 
9 July, 2015

Sustainable development through community engagement: the case for the SDGs

The mineral resources of many developing countries have been viewed as a potential capital that can finance initiatives for sustainable development. However, in the Philippines, mining has never been an agent of development. Instead the decades-long operations of large-scale mining companies in the country have not made any noticeable dent on the fiscal health of the country.

In fact, the overall contribution of mining to the economy is less than one percent of the Philippines’ GDP.

Urgent Action: Philippine indigenous community schools being shut down

PHILIPPINES: Community schools for indigenous children being shut down by Department of Education in Caraga region

ISSUES: Childs right; indigenous people; rule of law

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONURGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-082-2015

6 July 2015

Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes with deep concern about the endorsement by the Department of Education Region XI to shut down at least 24 accredited community schools, which will affect 2,896 Lumad children.

Philippines - Tribal people who sold mine lands lose money

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By: Melvin Gascon, Inquirer Northern Luzon - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/702688/300-who-sold-mine-lands-lose-p40m
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2015

300 who sold mine lands lose P40M

Tribal folk who got paid to allow mining duped in investment scam

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—At least 300 people have fallen victims to an investment scam, most of them members of the Ifugao tribe who had invested the proceeds of the sale of their land rights to a foreign-owned mining project in Kasibu town in Nueva Vizcaya province, the National Bureau of Investigation said.

The NBI has warned people against falling for the get-rich-quick schemes of a syndicate, whose members are operating in Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Ifugao and Benguet.

Lawyer

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.

Urgent Action: Call for the immediate pull-out of military troops from Mindanao

Source: 
KARAPATAN Human Rights Update
Date of publication: 
26 June, 2015

Urgent Action : Call for the immediate pull-out of military troops from the communities of peasants and indigenous peoples in Mindanao

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call for the immediate pull-out of AFP troops from the communities of peasants and indigenous peoples in Mindanao. There are at least three groups of evacuees from the provinces of Saranggani, Bukidnon and Davao del Norte.

Glencore exit from Tampakan project a victory for the people

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Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
27 June, 2015

Anglo-Swiss mining firm sells it shares in South Cotabato mining project

Environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) hailed as a victory for the people’s movement the divestment of Anglo-Swiss mining giant Glencore from the $5.9 billion Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato, SOCSKSARGEN region.

“Glencore, potentially the largest mining project in the country to date, ultimately failed in the face of massive people’s resistance against foreign and large-scale mining.

Philippines: Glencore sells share of Tampakan mine to Indophil Resources

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By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/133781/philippines-glencore-sells-share-of-tampakan-mine-to-alsons-prime/
Date of publication: 
24 June, 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Commodities trader Glencore Plc has reportedly agreed to sell its entire stake at Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) to Indophil Resources NL, which was acquired by Alsons Prime Investment Corporation for a yet-to-be-disclosed amount and acquisition terms.

This breaking development followed the January completion of the sale of Indophil Resources NL to Alsons Prime.

The report means the complete exit of the Switzerland-based Glencore PLC from the US$5.6 billion copper and gold project of SMI in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

It also ended several months of uncertainty

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

Hustisya demands pull out of “massacre troops” in Mindanao

Source: 
Hustisya News Release
Date of publication: 
17 June, 2015

Rights group Hustisya demanded the pull-out of the 69th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in Southern Mindanao, calling them “massacre troops” after the killing of an indigenous people leader, a purok (small village) leader and a farmer, while wounding a child and a woman farmer leader in Paquibato District, Davao City on June 14.

In a protest action infront of the AFP Headquarters, Camp Aguinaldo this morning, the group together with Karapatan, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and KATRIBU, cried out justice for the victims, identified by Karapatan Southern Mindanao as Ruben E

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