Region 12

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.

Agency rushing titling of ancestral lands

Business World - Vol. XXI, No. 76 -
Date of publication: 
13 November, 2007

KORONADAL CITY — The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) is
fast-tracking the titling of ancestral domain claims in Central Mindanao
region to keep up with developments in the Mindanao peace process, a
ranking official said.

Jeanne Anne Zoilo, NCIP regional director, said there are at least
395,656 hectares of land that are being processed in the region for
conversion to Certificate of Ancestral Domain Titles from Certificate of
Ancestral Domain Claims.

Central Mindanao has been considered a bailiwick of the Moro Islamic

100 tribal leaders hold first nat’l conference in GenSan

Manila Bulletin
Date of publication: 
3 June, 2008

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Tribal leaders, civil society leaders and representatives of various government and non-government agencies in Region 12 or South-western Mindanao will gather here Tuesday to assess and map out various strategies to ensure the protection of the indigenous peoples’ (IPs) ancestral domain in the region.

Rhoda Ruth Pillerin, executive director of the Tri-People Concern for Peace, Progress and Development of Mindanao Inc.

Village officials close road leading to mining base camp

Date of publication: 
19 November, 2008

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Residents of a remote village in Tampakan town in South Cotabato barricaded a road leading to the base camp of mining firm Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) allegedly in protest of the company’s supposed meager assistance to their community.

Senior Insp.

Fostering Dependence

Date of publication: 
28 November, 2008

Sagittarius Mines is spending close to P30 million a year in financial aid to the B’laan tribes and host barangays.

Troops deployed to secure Tampakan minesite

Date of publication: 
2 January, 2008

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/2 Jan) — To prevent another attack on the facilities of Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI), elements of the Philippine Army will be fielded to the company’s base camp in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

First Lieutenant Nathaniel Morales, 27th Infantry Battalion civil affairs division in-charge, said the military will field soldiers whether the company will request it or not.

Moratorium on mining activities sought to avoid food shortage

Business World - Vol. XXII, No. 126
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2009

KORONADAL CITY — Foreign environmentalists asked the government yesterday to impose a moratorium on mining to avoid food problems, specifically rice shortage, in the long term, echoing the sentiment earlier raised by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

The London Working Group on Mining in the Philippines unveiled here results of their study conducted across six mining sites in the country, which was attended by multisectoral stakeholders including the local Catholic Church, academe, nongovernmental organizations, farmers and local government officials.

The stu

BHP can buy out Philippine nickel mine partner -Min

Date of publication: 
3 February, 2009

MANILABHP Billiton Ltd/Plc (BHP.AX) (BLT.L) can buy out its local partner in a Philippine nickel mine if both firms fail to settle a dispute that has stalled the $2 billion venture, a top government official said on Tuesday.

BHP, the world’s biggest miner, has been in disagreement with unlisted Asiaticus Management Corp over when to start commercial production at the Pujada nickel site in the southern Mindanao region, a debate that has reached the courts.

“It is an option for one of them to buy the other out,” Lito Atienza, the minister in charge of the mining sector, told Reuters in

Tribal council asks Army, rebels to leave B’laan area

Manila Bulletin
Date of publication: 
14 February, 2009

KIDAPAWAN CITY — A tribal council in a lumad-dominated village in Tulunan, North Cotabato has urged both the rebels and the Army to withdraw from the area so they could return home. The B’laan natives have expressed fears that the fighting might again erupt “because both forces refused to leave our place.” Earlier, Army Lt. Col. Milfredo Meligrito, commander of the 57th Infantry Brigade (IB), has announced a pullout of his troops in Tulunan area. The La Bugal Tribal Council, however, said the Army is still visible in the area. “We want our land back. We want to return to our land.

T'bolis welcome NCIP delineation of ancestral domain

PIA Press Release
Date of publication: 
11 February, 2009

Davao City – (LRC-KsK/FoE Phil) T’bolis belonging to the Taboli Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization (TAMASCO) expressed relief when, after a long wait, the office of NCIP XII finally started the perimeter survey delineating their ancestral domain claim including portions of the coffee plantation of the Consunjis, in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

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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