Region 13

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.

Gov’t urged to act on foreigners’ raid of RP’s minerals

Tribune -
Date of publication: 
12 November, 2007

Tribal groups have called on the government to act and address the
alleged raids of the mineral ores obtained in the Caraga Region in the
South by foreigners, warning that allowing such activities to go
unabated may lead to the depletion of the natural reserves and cause an
environmental disaster.

According to the umbrella organizations which united under the federated
Tribal Coalition in Mindanao (Tricom), aside from sponsoring
applications for large-scale mining activities in the region, a number
of foreigners, mostly Chinese traders from mainland China have been

Tribes warn buying spree of mineral ores in Caraga Region lead to environmental catastrophe

By Ben Serrano, PNA -
Date of publication: 
12 November, 2007

BUTUAN CITY — Umbrella organizations under the federated Tribal
Coalition in Mindanao or TRICOM warned the government that buying spree
of Chinese traders from mainland China will lead to environmental
disaster if concerned government agencies continue sleeping on their jobs.

Aside from sponsoring application of large-scale mining permits, some
Chinese traders since last year come in hordes and visit different small
scale mining sites in the region in buying spree of copper, nickel,
manganese and other mineral ores to as low as P6.00 per kilo.

Anglo wants out of RP mine venture

Date of publication: 
11 November, 2008

MANILA – Anglo American wants to pull out from a gold and copper venture in southern Philippines due to resistance from the local government and residents, its partner Manila Mining said on Tuesday.

It is the second major mining project in the Philippines that the world’s fourth-largest diversified mining group is exiting from.

Farmers install 15–foot scarecrow to ward off mining firm

Date of publication: 
4 December, 2008

“The women, men, youth, and children assisted in the installation of a 15 feet tall scarecrow as our symbolic edifice against mining,” Rizalina Lisbos, a mother of four, narrated.

The members of Anislagan Bantay Kalikasan Task Force (ABAKATAF) of barangay Anislagan, Placer, Surigao del Norte installed a scarecrow as a symbol of the community’s strong staunch against mining which threatens their farm lands.

Anislagan is an agricultural community of about 400 households or roughly 2,000 individuals.

Filipino environment advocates slam Australian mining project

The Philippine Times
Date of publication: 
6 December, 2008

A group of environment advocates from the Philippines recently slammed an Australian mining company.

Sibuyan Island Sentinels coordinator Rodne Galicha vented the group’s sentiments against the nickel supply agreement between BHP Billiton, the mining company, and the Sibuyan Nickle Properties Development Corporation (SNPDC).

Chief among these concerns are their group’s concern for what the mining project would do to the environment of Sibuyan.

Galicha said that they are worried over the activities of Queensland Nickel, a BHP Billiton subsidiary, which wants to establish a nickel mine

400 Mamanwa communities installed human barricade to demand royalty fees promised

LRC Urgent Action
Date of publication: 
4 February, 2009

“Today, 4 February 2009, is our seventh day of human barricade along the highway of Taganito, Claver, Surigao del Norte to demand before the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) on our share agreed for allowing the mining companies to ruin our lives and our ancestral domain”- Datu Joel Buklas of Taganito Mamanwa Association.

Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC) have been operating in the ancestral domain of the Mamanawa since 1960’s, and recently negotiated a new contract to operate for another 25 years in the red mountain of Surigao del Sur.

Mamanwa tribe now on their 2nd week of "human barricade" vs mining firms in Taganito

9 February 2009

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 February) — Some 400 members of the Mamanwa tribe are now on their second week of staging a “human barricade” along the highway of Taganito in Claver, Surigao del Norte, demanding their right to one percent royalty from the gross output of the operations of four mining firms there.

Mamanwa members earlier sent notice of termination to the mining firms, informing them they will no longer allow mining in their ancestral lands, claiming the firms failed to pay their one percent royalty fees since 1997.

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..

Mamanwas lift barricade at Taganito mines; tribe to meet March 12 to settle internal conflict

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

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 March) – The Mamanwa tribe has lifted the barricade at the entrance of the production site of the Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC) in Claver, Surigao del Norte and chieftains are preparing a general assembly on March 12 to settle an internal conflict over who should benefit from the “largest royalty payment” ever made to a Philippine tribe in mining history.

The barricade, set up on January 29 to pressure the Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC) into paying at least 1% royalty due the tribe was lifted on March 4 following a meeting at the governor’s office, Da

Atienza aborts IP uprising in Caraga

Manila Bulletin -
Date of publication: 
19 March, 2009

Tribal leaders in Caraga Region representing the Amamanwa and Manabo tribes in the provinces of Surigao and Agusan hailed Wednesday Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Lito Atienza for acting swiftly to the plight of the indigenous peoples (IPs) in the region.

The leaders led by Datu’s from both tribes and their anointed legal representative Sergio C.

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