Cordillera Administrative Region

Giving indigenous peoples a face

By Vincent Cabreza -
Date of publication: 
26 November, 2013

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

The Philippines still a hotbed of opposition to Canadian mines, says priest

By James Munson -
Date of publication: 
27 October, 2013

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

Indigenous resistance to mining from the Philippines to New Brunswick

Written by Asaf Rashid -
Date of publication: 
22 October, 2013

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.

Tribe rejects mining bid in Kalinga land

Date of publication: 
18 September, 2013

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.

Consultations in Mankayan a mockery

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) -
Date of publication: 
31 July, 2013

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 still needs to clean up, pay compensation – indigenous peoples

Date of publication: 
2 August, 2013

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.

Pinoy develops environment-friendly gold mining technology

By Rainier Allan Ronda, The Philippine Star -
Date of publication: 
8 July, 2013

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

Philex mine resumption a precedent for more environmental crimes

Letter to the Editor
Date of publication: 
12 July, 2013

The lifting of the cease-and-desist order on the operations of Philex Mining Corporation’s Padcal mine in Itogon, Benguet, first issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through its Mines and Geosciences Bureau on July 1 and reiterated through its Pollution Adjudication Board on July 5, would set a precedent for more mining disasters with greater impunity.

FPIC in Mankayan town resumes

By Maria Elena Catajan -
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has resumed Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) proceedings in Mankayan town.

The halted talks are for Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation’s (LCMC) Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.

Mankayan elders reject NCIP list of reps

By ALDWIN QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch -
Date of publication: 
30 June, 2013

BAGUIO CITY – Elders from Mankayan town refused to be included in the list of representatives made by the National Commision on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Cordillera for the Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) processes regarding mining applications and land conversions affecting the area.

Under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), FPIC from affected indigenous communities is required for all permits and licenses. An FPIC is presently being sought regarding a proposed technical exploration of Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.