Region 3

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.

Clark management examines validity of NCIP resolution

Manila Times
Date of publication: 
22 November, 2008

CLARK FREEPORT : The Clark Development Corporation (CDC), through the Metro-Clark Advisory Council (MCAC) will examine the validity of the order of a National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) commissioner which intends to ban signatories and proponents of the Joint Management Agreement (JMA) from pursuing a program that looks after the welfare of the Aetas residing in the proclaimed ancestral lands.

For Aetas, Struggle for Land Half-Won

By Tonette Orejas, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
29 May, 2009

FLORIDABLANCA, Pampanga – Listing tribal land titles at the Registry of Deeds is a struggle half-won.

The other half of the struggle – protecting and defending the indigenous abode from encroachments or losing ownership of these in the future – is the most difficult, elders of Aeta, Abelling and Dumagat tribes said on Wednesday.

The four Certificates of Ancestral Domain Title (CADTs) given out by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday were the first to be registered among 29 CADTs in the country.

Rolando Rivera, commissioner for Luzon of the National Commission on Indige

Mining mayhem triggers eco-disaster in Zambales

Jaemark Tordecilla, PCIJ-
Date of publication: 
18 August, 2009

Our latest offering is a two-part report on the mining mayhem that is now unfolding in Zambales province, one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Kiko last week. Earlier last year, the people of Zambales had endured a similar tragedy when Typhoon Cosme struck.

Zambales, widely held to be rich in nickel, chrome, gold and other mineral deposits, has lured a bevy of mining companies big and small. But the surge in mining operations, as the first part of the report reveals, is now taking its toll on the livelihood, the environment, and the safety and well-being of the residents.

For the Philippines's Tribal Folk, a Constant War Against 'Development Aggression'

Date of publication: 
11 September, 2009

MANILA —- Aeta leader Nelson Mallari seemed to have unending stories on the plight of indigenous peoples in Central Luzon.
“Mining, military reservation and dam constructions dislocate indigenous peoples in the region,” Mallari, chairman of the Central Luzon Aeta Association (CLAA) and secretary-general of Katribu party list, told Bulatlat in Filipino. CLAA’s members include Aeta with six sub-tribes, Dumagats, Ilongots and Agta in Pampanga, Tarlac, Aurora and Zambales.
“Places we consider sacred are now up for grabs by mining companies,” Mallari said.

It’s official: Pinatubo is now owned by Aetas

By Tonette Orejas, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Date of publication: 
26 November, 2009


Quarrying Threatens Floridablanca CADT; Aetas Stand Their Ground Vs Quarry Operations

LYN V. RAMO, Indigenous Peoples Watch,
Date of publication: 
16 January, 2010

QUEZON CITY — A score of Aeta families are holding their ground amid threats of an imminent demolition by virtue of a request from a prospective quarry site operator in a resettlement site in Floridablanca, Pampanga.

The said site is in the Aeta territory in Floridablanca town, which recently acquired a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and has since been a show window of her administration’s implementation of various programs including the “poverty alleviation” package.

Defending Ancestral Domain

Father Shay Cullen, Manila Times -
Date of publication: 
24 January, 2010

Aeta Groups with Fr. Shay Cullen and the Preda Staff , happy after receiving their ancestral land title recognizing their rights to more than 15,000 hectare of land in Botolan.

It was a happy day and a happier event for hundreds of the descendants of the original inhabitants of the Philippines. They were gathered in the covered basketball court of Botolan, Zambales, to be recognized as the rightful inhabitants and owners of 15,000 square kilometers of ancestral domain.

Zambales mining outposts demolished

Robert Gonzaga Cesar Villa, Central Luzon Desk -

MASINLOC, Zambales — At least two mining outposts here were demolished last week on the order of the municipal council, but the firm’s owner called the move political harassment.

Officials and personnel of Compania Minera Tubajon Inc. (formerly Coto Mining Corp.) said the demolition was carried out by the municipal engineering personnel and policemen without a court order.

CMTI security personnel said the demolition team and armed policemen, some of who were not in uniform, disarmed them as they destroyed the structures on Friday.

Ebdane suspends small mining in Zambales

Henry Empeno / Correspondent -
Date of publication: 
13 July, 2010

IBA, Zambales—-Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. has ordered the suspension of all mining and quarrying operations in this province pending a review of permits and compliance by mining firms with environmental-protection requirements.

Ebdane, who issued the order just four days after his inauguration as Zambales governor on June 30, also began inspecting mining and quarrying sites in the province last week in accordance with his call for “judicious utilization of resources” here.

Agency wants 10% cut on Aeta claim in Subic

Ayen Infante, Tribune -
Date of publication: 
23 August, 2010

The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), the agency overseeing the welfare of indigenous communities in the country, was reportedly demanding 10 percent of the future earnings of an Aeta community from its shares on projects being set up in so-called ancestral domains in Subic Bay.

Pastolan Community Tribal chieftain Condrado Frenilla said NCIP head Roque Anton was said to be demanding from them a 10 percent equivalent share from the 10 percent take that the Aetas are getting from future investors locating in areas classified as ancestral domain inside the Subic Freeport zone.

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