Region 10

Lumads gather to forge own agenda

LSR-KsK Press Release
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2010

LANTAPAN, BUKIDNON—-Some 100 indigenous peoples (IP) leaders representing lumad communities all over the country gathered here to forge an IP Agenda for the newly inaugurated Aquino administration.

Dubbed as the State of the Indigenous Peoples Address (SIPA ’10 kicked off yesterday at the Hall of Peace, Sungco, Lantapan town, here in Bukidnon. The opening coincides with the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

Tribal leader to PEF: Secure FPIC before eagle releases

Walter I. Balane -
Date of publication: 
18 July, 2010

MALAYBALAY CITY – Manobo tribal leader Datu Ampuan Jeodoro Sulda has a word of advice to the people at the Philippine Eagle Foundation — secure a free and prior informed consent (FPIC) first if they plan to release an eagle, according to a report from the secretariat of the Kitanglad Integrated NGOs (KIN).

Sulda was quoted as saying the PEF needs to undergo the FPIC as spiritual and cultural consultation with the lumads and their ancestors who live in the protected areas.

Two eagles, Kagsabua and Hineleban, which the PEF released to the wilds of Mt.

Apu Mamalu Burial Site Listed as National Cultural Treasure

Legal Rights & Natural Resources Center Cagayan de Oro Regional Office Press Release
Date of publication: 
26 April, 2010

Manila, Philippines – The National Museum is now finalizing the declaration of Apu Mamalu Burial in the tribal Barangay of Mikasili, Damulog, Bukidnon as a National Cultural Treasure. “It’s on the 3rd of our list for approval after Maribojoc Church of Bohol, and Manila Metropolitan Theater in Manila” an update made by Angel Bautista, Curator from the National Museum today to LRC-KsK. Maribojoc Church and Metropolitan Theater are classified as important cultural property as enshrined in the R.A.

Misamis Oriental Largest Illegal Logging is still Unresolved

Date of publication: 
21 April, 2010

Berting Pinagawa, a Higaonon farmer has to walk almost 40 kilometers to the downtown of Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental to account his testimony to a priest on the massive cutting of trees inside their ancestral territory. His account led the 25,000 residents calling the immediate cancellation of the Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) issued to Southwood Timber Corporation (STC) covering 11,476 hectares.

After the initial sign-on petition were filed at the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Gingoog City, he was murdered in the eve of December 24, 2009 in Sitio Papataon, Brgy.

Lumads And Bangsamoro Communities Bear the Costs of Development Projects that are Imposed against their Will

DUYOG-Mindanao (DM) Statement
Date of publication: 
16 April, 2010

The Pulangi V Megadam Issue in Bukidnon

The Manobo tribes and the BangsaMoro communities from various towns in Cotabato and Bukidnon in Mindanao are facing increasing threats of either being drowned or displaced by the proposed Megadam project, the Pulangi V which they have staunchly opposed to this day. They protest that the Megadam Project is being imposed on them against their will, and without their free, prior and informed consent.

Government officials and the power firm behind the project say that the Pulangi V Dam is about development and progress in Mindanao.

Anti-mining activist shot dead in Cagayan

Villamor Visaya Jr., Inquirer Northern Luzon -
Date of publication: 
2 March, 2010

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines—-A leader of an anti-mining group in Cagayan was shot dead in Buguey town on Monday afternoon, police said on Tuesday.

Senior Superintendent Moro Virgilio Lazo, Cagayan police director, said Gensun Agustin, 30, was on his way home aboard his motorcycle when two men on another motorcycle shot and killed him in Barangay (village) Calamegatan at 4:15 p.m.

Indigenous groups still not a gov't priority

Date of publication: 
21 February, 2010

SURIGAO CITY —- Indigenous communities continue to get sparse attention from the government despite a 13-year-old law mandating their protection, nongovernment groups told a recent workshop here.

The absence of a sustainable source of livelihood, coupled with uncertainty over their ancestral lands, is the top cause of poverty among indigenous communities. And up to now, the exact population of indigenous people is unclear, making it difficult to develop an action plan for the group.

Philippine's Largest Mining Company pushes for Re-entry in Anislagan

Date of publication: 
15 February, 2010

Anislagan, Surigao del Norte – In December 11, 2009, the Asst. Mgr. for Environment of Philex Mining/ Silangan Mindanao Mining Company (SMMC), MR. EUFRONIO A. ORTIZ, JR., wrote to the Bgy. Capt. Manuel Tejada of their intention to make a Livelihood Training Center within the 1 hectare land they purchased within the barangay.

The Barangay Council provided a venue to hear their planned project in a barangay session.

Alsons’ bioethanol project a threat to food security

Date of publication: 
29 January, 2010

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY —Alcantara and Sons Consolidated Resources, Inc.’s (Alsons) bioethanol plant project in the hinterland barangays here is a big threat to this city’s food security program.

This as the city land use plan (CLUP) for Year 2000 of Cagayan de Oro stated that land devoted to crop cultivation is only 22 percent or 4,529 hectares of the city’s total land area.

Cagayan de Oro only has 20,646 hectares of agricultural land left, the CLUP 2000 said.

Carl Cesar Rebuta, team leader of the Cagayan de Oro City office of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasam

Alsons’ “enemies” declare victory

Date of publication: 
4 February, 2010

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The “enemies” of publicly-listed Alcantara and Sons Consolidated Resources, Inc.