Cordillera Administrative Region
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) strongly denounces the massacre and brutal killing of Freddie “Fermin” Ligiw, Edie Ligiw and their father Licuben Ligiw on March 2, 2014 in Sukaw, Domenglay, Baay-Licuan, Abra by elements of the 41st Infantry Battalion, which has a notorious track record of rights violations in Abra, such as indiscriminate firing, arrest and detention, harassment and intimidation of community members. The victims’ bodies were recovered on March 8 by kakailian in a shallow grave near the victims’ pacalso, a temporary shelter for farmers and small-scale miners.
The indigenous communities of the entire Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) stand four-square behind the Balatoc tribe of Pasil, Kalinga province that is currently waging a relentless campaign to protect their ancestral lands from illegal mining operators.
Leaders of the BAMIKBA, Inc. issued an open letter to help resist the Chinese-led consortium Carrascal Nickel Corp.
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Indigenous women in the Cordillera played a significant role in the history of the indigenous peoples struggle for land, food and rights. Ibaloi women took part in rolling boulders to block the entry of Spanish conquistadores in their several gold expeditions. Women of Mainit, Bontoc bared their breasts to drive mine prospectors in the early 1970’s.
Elsie Mokudef, a Teduray elder from Looy, South Upi town in Maguindanao province, appreciates the government initiative to put a face to poverty when it embarked on a national household survey aimed at profiling the poorest people who qualify for its poverty alleviation projects.
That is until she realized that the “face” bears little resemblance to her and her clan.
“Many of my fellow Teduray have no birth certificates, which make it difficult for us to access the 4Ps (the government’s conditional cash transfer project called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) and other social
When Canadian politicians began studying in earnest the ethical conduct of the extractive sector overseas as a foreign policy problem, one of the first countries they looked at was the Philippines.
In 2005, the House of Commons’ Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Development held hearings on TVI Pacific Inc., a Calgary-based firm, and its Canatuan zinc and silver mine on the southern Filipino island of Mindanao.
The allegations – which included disrespecting indigenous rights, damaging the environment and allowing violent crackdowns on dissenting locals – were wrapp
Fredericton – On October 21st, Forest Hill United Church was host to Vernie Yocogan-Diano of the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA), a federation of grassroots-based indigenous people’s organizations in the Philippines. The CPA is an organization dedicated to the protection of the Cordilleran peoples whose lives, cultures and lands are threatened by transnational mining companies, including Canadian mining companies. Yocogan-Diano represents United Church overseas partners on the United Church Partners in Mission Committee.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The “Guinaang” tribal folks in Pasil town in Kalinga province have rejected a mining application over at least 3,000 hectares of their ancestral lands.
In a manifesto of the Guinaang Indigenous People Organization (GIPO), the folks signified their rejection of the proposed mining application of the Makilala Mining Co. Inc.
Consent given by indigenous peoples in Mankayan, Benguet to allow South African mining company Gold Fields Ltd. is described as a mockery of the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) by indigenous people’s alliance Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.)
According to KAMP, the FPIC process overseen by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples was irregular and inconclusive of the communities’ decisions.
Philex “must understand that it is being punished for its unsafe and irresponsible mining practices, which is the basis for the fine.” It is the company’s responsibility to cleanup and rehabilitate the waters it damaged, and to compensate the adversely affected residents. – KAMP
MANILA – Bearing mugshots of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, Philex Mining Corp. chairman Manuel V.
MANILA, Philippines – A mercury-free gold mining process being practiced by small-scale miners in Benguet for several years is getting the attention of their foreign counterparts.
The process does not require rocket science and does not involve the use of a substitute to mercury or expensive equipment, but merely the tweaking of the ore grinding process during which rocks are crushed to get to the gold within.
Leoncio Na-oy, a member of the Emerald Small-Scale Miners Multi-purpose Cooperative under the Benguet Federation of Small-Scale Miners Associations, Inc., said their system has b