Cordillera Administrative Region

Ifugao folk hit DOE's SN Aboitiz contract without consent

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By Arthur Allad-iw, Northern Dispatch (special to InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/article/95322/ifugao-folk-hit-does-sn-aboitez-contract-without-consent)
Date of publication: 
13 September, 2014

LAMUT, IFUGAO – Can a Department of Energy-approved hydro-power contract be valid without the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of the affected indigenous communities?

This is one of the questions that representatives of the six villages of Lagawe and two villages of this town raised when they gathered in a forum that tackled the plan to build a hydro-electric power dam at Alimit River that traverses various towns of the province.

Recently, the DOE approved and signed the renewable energy service contract with SN Aboitiz Power Group (SNAP) for an integrated hydropower complex

NGO worker Delle Salvador is killed in Lacub, Cordillera

Justice for Engr. Delle Salvador!

Hold the 41st IB Accountable!

Joint Statement of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance and Cordillera Human Rights Alliance

11 September 2014

We cry out for justice for Engr. Fidela “Delle” Salvador, staff of activist NGOs CDPC and CORDIS – an engineer of the people, a woman and a mother, who was killed by troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a Northern Luzon Command-led military operation in Lacub, Abra participated in mainly by the 41st Infantry Battalion deployed in the area.

Aside from Engr.

Stop the military operations in Lacub, Abra

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Joint Statement of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA)
Date of publication: 
7 September, 2014

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) call on all units under the 5th and 7th Infantry Divisions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to stop its ongoing military operations and terrorism in Lacub, Abra province, for the safety of the communities and to give way to for the communities to attend to their livelihood.

We urgently call on government officials and local government units in Abra province, including the Church, and to all who believe in life, to call on the AFP to stop its military operations in Lacub.

The Philippines is a

Philex Mining bags final clearance

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http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=TopStory&title=philex-mining-bags-final-clearance&id=93650
Date of publication: 
28 August, 2014

PHILEX Mining Corp. has secured final regulatory clearance to resume full operations at its Padcal gold-and-copper mine in Benguet, a little more than two years after the facility shut down due to a tailings leak.

In an Aug. 27 letter to Philex Mining President Eulalio B. Austin, Jr., Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Leo L. Jasareno noted that “issues emanating from the tailings spill incident (on Aug.

CPA supports Tinoc move to retract MOA with Quadriver

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Cordillera Peoples Alliance Press release
Date of publication: 
22 August, 2014

“Nasaor, saan mi naawatan ken naapura kami iti panagpirma mi iti MOA. (We were deceived, we did not understand and we were rushed in signing the MOA)” – Teofilo Wenhay, Barangay Captain of Eheb, Tinoc, Ifugao.

The Cordillera Peoples Alliance supports the decision of the indigenous peoples of Eheb and Tokucan in Tinoc, Ifugao in retracting their signatures in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Quadriver Energy Corporation. Quadriver intends to operate a hydro project that will affect the said communities. Quadriver Energy Corp.

Indigenous peoples submit cases of rights abuses to UN official

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By Dee Ayroso, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/08/09/indigenous-peoples-submit-cases-of-rights-violations-to-un-special-rapporteur/
Date of publication: 
9 August, 2014

“More than 100,000 indigenous peoples from 39 tribal groups all over the country will be dislocated or will lose their livelihood as an effect of the all-out mining liberalization under Aquino.

Philippine Celebration of the World's Indigenous Peoples' Day highlights UNSRRIP

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Tebtebba Foundation - http://www.tebtebba.org/index.php/content/318-ip-day-celebration-highlights-unsrrip
Date of publication: 
8 August, 2014

Quezon City, Philippines – In celebration of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Tebtebba organized on 8 August 2014 a National Consultation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli­‐Corpuz in Quezon City, Philippines.

The national consultation was a very successful event since this brought together indigenous peoples representatives, government agencies and bodies, UN agencies, multilateral banks, the academe, religious, and NGOs. Almost a hundred participants listened to the Special Rapporteur share her vision, thrusts and priorities.

Kalinga tribe vs mining

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Manila Bulletin - https://ph.news.yahoo.com/kalinga-tribe-vs-mining-174321511.html
Date of publication: 
5 July, 2014

Baguio City — Members of the Guinaang tribe of Pasil town in Kalinga and the group Indigenous Farmers of Guinaang, Pasil Inc.

Kalinga’s small-scale miners now employ mercury-free methods

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Written by Marilou Guieb / Correspondent - http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/regions/34129-kalinga-s-small-scale-miners-now-employ-mercury-free-methods
Date of publication: 
20 June, 2014

SMALL-SCALE miners in the village of Ga-ang in Kalinga are now 95 percent operating without the use of mercury. This translates to the non-release of at least two tons of toxic mercury during the mining process.

This was disclosed by the environment group Ban Toxics (BT) as part of its three-year intervention from 2011 to 2014 in Kalinga, a province of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), to use Mercury-free methods in processing gold.

The activity is part of BT’s Elimination of Mercury in Artisanal Small-Scale Mining (ASGM) Program.

Citinickel and Philex: latest cases of impunity in big mines

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Letter to the editor from Kalikasan-PNE
Date of publication: 
18 June, 2014

Two recent incidents involving large-scale mines reminded us once again of the impunity of destructive big mining projects in the Philippines.

The first is instructive of why large-scale miners are a long-standing bane to the Philippine environment.