Cordillera Administrative Region

NCIP issues injunction over gold miner’s drilling in Benguet

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Liza T. Agoot / Correspondent - http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/home/regions/21818-ncip-issues-injunction-over-gold-miners-drilling-in-benguet
Date of publication: 
11 January, 2012

LEPANTO, Mankayan, Benguet—The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) regional office has issued an injunction on the confirmatory drilling activity of the subcontractor of Gold Fields at Barangay Pacu, Mankayan, Benguet.

The order was issued on Dec.

Communities with mining applications suffer ‘legal terrorism’-Canadian church mission

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ALDWIN QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/01/16/communities-with-mining-applications-suffer-legal-terrorism-canadian-church-mission/
Date of publication: 
16 January, 2012

BAGUIO CITY – Members of the Beaconsfield Initiative, an exposure mission comprised mostly of Canadian church members, visited the Cordillera Region last week. Focusing on areas where Canadian Mining Companies operate, they found out that there is an ongoing “legal terrorism” victimizing the community people.

Reverend Patricia Lisson, directress of the St. Columbia House in Canada, defined “legal terrorism” as the use of law over the rights of the people.

Mining firm denies manipulating indigenous people’s office

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By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/07/01/mining-firm-denies-manipulating-indigenous-people-s-office-229654?utm_source=digest-en-mining-120701&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=digest
Date of publication: 
1 July, 2012

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc. (FSGRI) denies manipulating the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Regional Office (NCIP).

“We respect the NCIP and its role as the government agency responsible for upholding the rights of the Indigenous People (IP). The case filed by the Save Mankayan Movement went through a standard legal process and we adhered to that process,” read FSGRI’s official statement.

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Mining divides IP communities

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By Rubyloida Bitog - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/06/27/mining-divides-ip-communities-228885
Date of publication: 
27 June, 2012

TUBA, Benguet — Mining operations of the Philex Mining Corporation in town caused division among the indigenous peoples (IPs) lately.

The legislative council received complaints on issues concerning the operation of the mining company Monday during their regular session.

Around 40 members of the IP Organization–Alluyon Inc.

Governor inducts officers of Tuba indigenous group

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By Ma. Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/06/20/guv-inducts-officers-tuba-indigenous-group-227728
Date of publication: 
20 June, 2012

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A promise of good luck and governance was imparted by Governor Nestor Fongwan Tuesday morning to newly elected officers of the embattled the Indigenous Peoples Organization of Alang, Pokis, Sabian, Sta.

Mankayan folk told to decide on mining

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By Ma. Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/06/08/mankayan-folk-told-decide-mining-225784
Date of publication: 
8 June, 2012

BENGUET Governor Nestor Fongwan is asking Mankayan folk to decide on their future.

An independent decision on the issues of mining is what Fongwan wants from his people. “I want them to decide among themselves in determining their future.”

Over 300 Mankayan folk trooped to the Provincial Capitol last week to have a dialog with the governor on the matter.

Group slams mining, militarization

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By Ma. Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/05/02/group-slams-mining-militarization-219297
Date of publication: 
2 May, 2012

KATRIBU national president Beverly Longid is backing groups in the Cordillera calling for a halt in mining in the mountains.

Longid said: “The havoc of rape and militarization in an indigenous community” is a direct result of mining operations of multinational companies.

During Cordillera Day celebrations, there were over 2,000 who joined protests against Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company and its partner Gold Fields.

“It is high time that Lepanto’s operations stop after almost 70 years of raking profits at the cost of people’s rights and environmental protection, to save l

Cordillera Day 2012 Central Statement

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Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Date of publication: 
24 April, 2012

Ilaban ti Daga, Biag ken Karbengan!
Fight for Our Land, Life and Rights!

We mark Cordillera Day 2012 with a rallying call to fight for our ancestral lands, our lives and human rights through a week of protest activities and celebrations of indigenous peoples’ struggles in Apayao, Abra, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao, the Mountain Province and Baguio City. On this 28th Cordillera Day, let our protests echo with renewed vigor and commitment to defend our ancestral lands against development aggression. Let us strengthen and sustain our protests in the communities, town centers and urban areas.

Tribal people’s agency gives South African mines go signal

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Inquirer Northern Luzon - http://business.inquirer.net/55207/tribal-people%E2%80%99s-agency-gives-south-african-mines-go-signal
Date of publication: 
23 April, 2012

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has allowed a South African mine venture to proceed with drilling operations on ancestral lands, after dismissing a January 27 petition for a writ of preliminary injunction filed by residents of Mankayan, Benguet.

In an April 4 resolution, NCIP Cordillera hearing officer Brain Masweng denied the request of residents belonging to the group, Te-eng di Mankayan, to stop the Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.

IP representation in councils now mandatory

Source: 
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2012/04/13/ip-representation-councils-now-mandatory-216080
Date of publication: 
13 April, 2012

THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is seeking for more indigenous peoples’ (IP) empowerment.

DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo announced this during the second day of the 9th International Igorot Consultation (IIC) on Thursday at the Baguio Country Club.

“Indigenous Act of 1997 or the IPRA, in particular guarantees the right of tribal people to ancestral domain, social justice and human rights.