Region 11

There are many distinct peoples living across the many islands of the Philippines. We have chosen to break the regional section of the site down via administrative region, as opposed to via specific tribe or people, in numerical order of those regions (leaving out the National Capital Region), as this may make it more precise in locating information.

SC sets deliberations on Diwalwal case

Source: -
Date of publication: 
7 April, 2008

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court has set for deliberation Tuesday a motion that urges the high court to take a second look at its 2006 decision, which gave the Executive Department the authority to rescind subsisting mining contracts in the Diwalwal Gold Rush Area.

The deliberation in Baguio City follows reports that the decision paved the way for the Palace to negotiate a deal with Chinese firm ZTE Corporation, to mine gold in the 8,100-hectare mining site.

Due to the urgency of the issue, the high court has included in its en banc (full court) session the urgent manifestation and

Military operations in ComVal is linked to mining – environmental alliance

Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Press Release
Date of publication: 
10 November, 2008

A broad alliance of environmental groups, human rights organizations, religious groups, research organizations, academe, civil society groups, and people’s organizations called Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao lambasted the ongoing military operations in the hinterlands of Compostela Valley, particularly in the municipality of New Bataan.

In the dark

Carlos Isagani T. Zarate, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Date of publication: 
10 November, 2008

MANILA, Philippines – Immoderate greed and corruption, no doubt, will become hallmarks of the present administration when it exits, hopefully, in 2010: from the agriculture funds used by Joc-Joc Bolante to “fertilize” the results of the 2004 elections, to the overpriced projects like the cancelled NBN-ZTE deal and, recently, with the “polished” script as to the real source of the stash money caught in the hands of one of the “euro generals.”

Greed and corruption, surely, are sins not of the original making of the Arroyo administration.

Davao Villagers Battle World’s Largest Mining Company

Keith Bacongco-Philippine Human Rights Reporting Project
Date of publication: 
17 November, 2008

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental – Waves lap up the shallow shores of Sitio Wagon in Barangay (village) Macambol as fishermen and their families work and live off the bountiful waters of Pujada Bay.

The noise of the waves mixes with that of an electric plainer being used to shape the belly of a new banca – a simple fishing boat — under the shade of some coconut trees.

Community 'kept in the dark' while mine exploration goes forward on Philippine island

Shipra Prakash, Media Global
Date of publication: 
18 November, 2008

The land of Macambol in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines lies between two areas of rare natural beauty: the Hamiguitan Mountain range and Pujada Bay. According to the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), approximately 25 percent of the 5,000 people living there are indigenous people.

Uphold Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Stop Development Aggression

10 December 2008

Philippines Mining – Uphold Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Stop Development Aggression!

LRC-KsK Press Statement

10 December 2008

While the world commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Filipino people, especially the Indigenous Peoples and the rural poor have yet to realize their worth as humans as the Arroyo administration continues to trample on their fundamental rights.

Indigenous communities, despite the promises of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) remain largely neglected, underserved and undeveloped.

Anti-Mining Activist Gunned Down in ComVal

Pinoy Press
Date of publication: 
24 December, 2008

An anti-large scale mining activist was killed by unidentified men yesterday, 23 December 2008, at New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province, environmental activist group Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR) today reported.

At around 7:00 in the evening, an unidentified men brutally killed 39-year old environmental activist leader Fernando “Dodong” Sarmiento, Secretary General of Panalipdan-New Bataan, at Purok 1, Barangay Cabinuangan, New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province, said Panalipdan-SMR spokesperson Francis Morales, citing reports from the field.

“Dodong Sarmiento susta

BHP Billiton Can Proceed With Philippines Nickel Mine-Secy

Dow Jones Commodities News Select via Comtex
Date of publication: 
21 January, 2009

MANILABHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) will be allowed to pursue development plans for a Philippine nickel mine after an international arbitration panel ruled in the Australian miner’s favor in a conflict with a local partner, Philippines Environment Secretary Jose Atienza said Wednesday.

BHP won the case and this should wake up the local partner that BHP is decided to remain in the Philippines and exercise their rights on the (joint venture) agreement.” Atienza told reporters.

Britain's Crew Gold cuts jobs at Philippines mine

Agence France Presse
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2008

MANILA – Crew Gold Corp. of Britain said Thursday it was cutting 150 workers from its gold mine in the southern Philippines to save money amid depressed metal prices.

The Maco mine on the island of Mindanao cut the jobs “to sustain the economic viability of the mine project,” Crew’s listed local unit Apex Mining Co. told the Philippine Stock Exchange in a disclosure.

About 150 rank and file managers and staff have been laid off, including all but two specialised foreign technicians, it added.

Crew had hired 1,955 people for the project, which had just started production.

Lumads: militarization is number one problem

Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews -
Date of publication: 
1 March, 2009

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) — Twenty three years after the dismantling of the Marcos dictatorship, leaders of regional organizations of indigenous peoples (IPs or Lumads) in Mindanao say militarization remains their number one problem. “Sa pagsumada namo.. sa kasinatian..

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