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.

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Mindoro governor leads rally vs mining company

Source: 
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/697855/mindoro-governor-leads-rally-vs-mining-company
Date of publication: 
12 June, 2015

CITY OF CALAPAN—The provincial government is taking the lead in a rally against a mining firm here today, issuing a memorandum on June 9 requiring all officials and employees of capitol to take part in the protest action.

The memo was issued by Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr.

“To demonstrate our constant opposition and strong objection to the operation of Intex in the province…all will gather at the provincial government grounds at 2 p.m.

Mindoreños to mount huge rally vs mining on Independence Day

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http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/697711/mindorenos-to-mount-huge-protest-vs-mining-on-independence-day#ixzz3dUFQ5nWX

CITY OF CALAPAN—A mammoth multisectoral rally is set to be held in this city on Friday, Independence Day, to protest the decision of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to allow a European nickel company to operate on Mindoro Island.

Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr.

Green groups, lawmakers ask Congress to investigate approval of DMCI coal-fired power plant in Palawan

Source: 
Joint press release
Date of publication: 
10 June, 2015

House resolution filed inquiring on irregularities, environmental risks of coal project

Environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE), Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy (PACE) joined progressive lawmakers yesterday in filing House Resolution No.

Catholic Church airs strong opposition to coal mining

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http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/499602/economy/agricultureandmining/catholic-church-airs-strong-opposition-to-coal-mining
Date of publication: 
6 June, 2015

A Philippine Catholic Church official on Friday voiced “strong opposition” to coal mining, saying it may contribute greatly to climate change and endanger the ecosystem and people’s health.

National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice, and Peace (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines executive secretary Fr.

Peace, development and the BBL: The Lumad view

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By Timuay Alim Bandara, Timuay Justice and Governance, InterAksyon.com
Date of publication: 
5 June, 2015

Timuay Alim Bandara is a member of Minted sa Inged (Supreme Council) of the Timuay Justice and Governance (TJG).

Indigenous peoples score DMCI on World Environment Day

Source: 
KATRIBU News Release
Date of publication: 
5 June, 2015

MAKATI—Indigenous peoples from KATRIBU Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas along with environment activists conducted a protest action at the office of D.M. Consunji, Inc (DMCI) on Friday, June 5, on the commemoration of the World Environment Day.

Philippine indigenous peoples support struggle against Jalaur dam

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Press release - http://iva.aippnet.org/philippine-indigenous-peoples-support-struggle-against-jalaur-dam/
Date of publication: 
29 May, 2015

TAPAZ, Capiz – After a successful exchange program, 83 indigenous peoples from different indigenous groups and communities around the country forged unity to support the Tumandok in opposing the multibillion Jalaur dam project in Calinog, Iloilo.

“The construction of the Jalaur multi-purpose dam in the territories of the Tumandok in Central Panay will threaten the livelihoods, culture and right to land and self-determination of indigenous peoples.

DMCI, Palawan Council’s railroading of Narra coal power plant a ‘serious blow to our natural, national heritage’

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
1 June, 2015

National environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) denounced the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and the DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI) in their railroading of the Strategic Environmental Plan clearance of the company’s coal-fired power plant project in Narra, Palawan.

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

Source: 
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.

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