Cordillera Administrative Region

Ruling on Lepanto permit

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By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/05/24/ruling-lepanto-permit-409265
Date of publication: 
24 May, 2015

THE government cannot shut down Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation’s gold mining operations in Benguet while a court case is pending, a mining official has admitted.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau is insisting that Lepanto cannot operate because its mining contract in Benguet expired in March.

But the mining firm contested the MGB order before a Makati City court and the court ruled that Lepanto can continue its operations until dispute over the renewal of its contract is resolved by an arbitration council.

“We cannot do anyt

Temporary halt to Benguet Corp. operations urged

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Giovani Joy Fontanilla - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/04/01/temporary-halt-benguet-corp-operations-urged-400753
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2015

ITOGON Mayor Victorio Palangdan wants Benguet Corporation’s operations temporarily suspended.

Palangdan is seeking for the issuance of an order for temporary suspension of the operation of the Benguet Corporation and its contractor ACMP Contractors in Itogon, Benguet from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-CAR.

In a letter dated March 5, 2015, the mayor raised the threats of danger brought about by Benguet Corp.‘s Tailings Storage Facility No.

Tuba IPs give consent to four hydro plants

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By Dexter A. See - http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/03/23/tuba-ips-give-consent-to-four-hydro-plants/
Date of publication: 
23 March, 2015

TUBA, Benguet – Indigenous peoples in this town gave their free and prior informed consent (FPIC) for the establishment of four mini-hydro power plants in two barangays.

The plants will maximize the potential of available water resources to produce additional renewable power for the Luzon grid.

The consent of the Tuba indigenous peoples to the renewable power projects was made official in a memorandum of agreement signed between their representatives and Goldlink Global Energy Corporation, a local hydro power developer based in the municipality.

Three of the mini-hydro power plant

Let Our Rivers Flow!

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Written by Tyrone Edward Beyer - http://philtfip.net/main/index.php/news-and-press-releases2/tfip-news/161-let-our-rivers-flow-tfip-statement-on-the-occasion-of-international-day-of-action-for-rivers
Date of publication: 
14 March, 2015

TFIP Statement on the Occasion of International Day of Action for Rivers

Rivers are an essential part of indigenous peoples’ lives and communities, and have been integral to their holistic development. Rivers form part of the territories of many indigenous peoples and serve as good sources of food and water for household and agricultural uses. Rivers also play a major role in the spirituality and belief systems of many indigenous groups.

March 14 is International Day of Action against Dams, for Rivers, Water, and Life.

Stop political vilification of activists. Uphold people’s democratic rights

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Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) Press Release
Date of publication: 
12 March, 2015

The Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) and the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) raise our strong concern over the heightened political vilification against community organizers, members and leaders of people’s organizations by suspected State security forces in Ifugao province. Pictures of active members of people’s organizations and community organizers are being circulated in certain social media groups in Ifugao that are labeled with malicious, baseless and libelous statements that these people are members and sympathizers of the New People’s Army.

Lepanto seeks arbitration over Benguet mine

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By Daphne J. Magturo, Reporter - http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Corporate&title=lepanto-seeks-arbitration-over-benguet-mine&id=103282
Date of publication: 
24 February, 2015

LISTED Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co.

#16days - Indigenous women stand against all forms of VAW

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By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/12/01/16days-indigenous-women-stand-against-all-forms-of-vaw/
Date of publication: 
1 December, 2014

“With the continuous mining in our communities, the indigenous women and the whole community continue to fight.”

MANILA – Indigenous women led by Bai Indigenous Women Network (BAI) protested at the Chino Roces Bridge (former Mendiola Bridge) on Thursday, Nov.

Tinoc IPs ready to go to court to stop mini–hydro project

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by Rimaliza A. Opiña - http://baguiomidlandcourier.com.ph/ifugao.asp?mode=%20archives/2014/november/11-23-2014/ifug1.txt
Date of publication: 
23 November, 2014

Residents of Tinoc, Ifugao who withdrew their consent for the construction of a mini-hydro power plant at Barangay Eheb are prepared to seek court intervention if the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples will not issue an order directing the contractor to stop from proceeding with its project.

Lawyer Maria Lulu Reyes, a trustee of Igorota Foundation Inc., said under the law, if the free, prior and informed consent process was issued without properly informing the community of the pros and cons of a project, there is basis to rescind their memorandum of agreement.

“This is not just

Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) wins international Water Awards

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Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Press release
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) is greatly honored as the recipient of the Eco Water Awards 2014 Gaia Prize presented by the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM)/Friends of Earth Korea, Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) and Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea. CPA received the award through its Secretary General, Ms.

Cordillera folk call for NCIP abolition

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By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL, www.nordis.net - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/10/28/indigenous-folk-call-for-ncip-abolition
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2014

“Instead of protecting the indigenous peoples, the NCIP served as a bridge for the entry of destructive projects.”

BAGUIO CITY — Cordillera indigenous peoples called for the abolition of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) saying that the agency betrayed their interests.

In a protest action in front of the NCIP regional office, Oct.