Region 10

Letter to DENR Secretary to Correct the Facts on the Gingoog Case

Ecology Care (ECO-CARE) and Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center –Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth-Philippines
Date of publication: 
25 January, 2009

Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro City (ACDO) Ecology Care (ECO-CARE) and Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center –Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth-Philippines
25 January 2009
DENR Secretary
DENR Compound, Visayas Ave., Diliman,
Quezon City
Dear sir:
Congratulation as the new DENR Secretary!
The Growing cry of the people of Gingoog City on the logging issue and the fear of any flashflood that would hit again in the village as the cutting of trees in the remaining forest of Gingoog and Claveria continued as of this writing.
This letter is a response

Double Whammy for Two Largest Mining Firms in a Small Village-Community Victory

LRC Press release
Date of publication: 
15 January, 2010

Surigao del Norte — It is little known that a small village in Mindanao thwarted Philex Mining, the Philippine’s largest mining firm, after the community blocked the firm’s entry to inaugurate a pseudo-livelihood training center on 11 January 2010.

Almost the entire populace of Anislagan, Placer, Surigao del Norte installed a makeshift checkpoint as early as 5:00am in preparation for the inauguration of the newly bought 1 hectare of land by Philex for the proposed livelihood training center.

No “LUMAD” Consent of Mis. Or. Largest Approved Logging Project

Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center
Date of publication: 
14 January, 2010

Cagayan de Oro City – The Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) permit issued by DENR and Awarded to Southwoods Timber Corporation (STC) is without the IP Community consent as showed by the opposition signed by the key leaders of MIHITRICO ( Minalwang Higaonon Tribal Council) last January of 2007. MIHITRICO was granted the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) by the National Commission on the Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) last October 9, 2008 covering 18,028.63 hectares in the Barangay of Minalwang, Claveria Misamis Oriental.

Septagenarian Mother Lead A Tree Planting Against Mining Giant

LRC Cagayan de Oro Press Release
Date of publication: 
21 December, 2009

Surigao del Norte — a weekend of drizzle from inter-tropical storm in the province didn’t stop a septuagenarian woman leading the entire community in a tree planting initiative of a small village threatened by giant mining firm.

Anislagan, Placer, Surigao del Norte is an area very rich in natural resources. It has been identified by the government as its priority area in mining because of its rich mineral resources. It has first-class nickel and gold minerals. It is also abundant in its farm produce. Lakes, rivers, and spring, also surround it.

Ex-Arroyo Aide Among Execs of Mining Firm Terrorizing Bukidnon Lumads

Date of publication: 
14 December, 2009

MANILA —- A former chief of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), who is also one of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s most trusted men, is one of the directors of a big mining company that operates in a number of provinces, among them Bukidnon, which is one of the provinces where several indigenous-peoples’ communities are suffering under a reign of terror perpetrated by the military and paramilitary groups.

12000 Signatures calling to cancel the “Legal Logging Permit” in Gingoog City

Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth (LRC-KsK/FoE) release
Date of publication: 
18 December, 2009

Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental – The insurmountable calamities and political tragedies which have battered our country has left our country in a dismal state. In the aftermath of the events of the floods Ondoy and Pepeng alone, thousands of Filipinos are left without homes and grieving over loved ones, whether they were actually lost or found. In the local scenario, the people of Misamis Oriental are no stranger to these calamities.

Lumads seek help from Government Historical & Museum Institutes

Legal Rights & Natural Resources Center Cagayan de Oro Regional Office Press Release
Date of publication: 
8 December, 2009

Manila – The recent industrial developments in areas of Mindanao have endangered the lives and the very existence of various tribes in Mindanao, especially for the Manobo tribe in Bukidnon. Located in the area of Barangay Mikasili, Damulog, Bukidnon, is the centuries old sacred burial site of Apo Mamalu, the supreme ancestor of the Manobo, T’duray and other Lumad tribes in Mindanao. He was the brother of Apo Tabunaway, the ancestor of the Moro tribes.

According to oral traditions, Tabunaway and Mamalu were Manobo brothers.

Kalumbay denounces latest lumad killing

Kalumbay Press Statement
Date of publication: 
23 November, 2009

Kalumbay denounces latest lumad killing – Government strikes again

Kalumbay Press Statement Re: Latest killing of lumad leader

23 November 2009

[NB – Editorial comment. This is the 12th case of extrajudicial killings among the Lumads (Banwaon, Manobo, and Higaonon) of Northern Mindanao region since January 2009.]

Kalumbay, the regional formation of indigenous peoples’ organization, condemns today in the strongest term possible the killing of another lumad leader on Friday, Nov.

7 environment workers reported missing in Mindanao

Mindanao Examiner -
Date of publication: 
21 October, 2009

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines —- The Philippine military said it was verifying reports Wednesday that seven environment workers went missing in the hinterlands of Mindanao.
The seven are employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources who were manning a checkpoint in Butuan City in Agusan del Norte province.
“We have contacted two army battalions in the area to check on the reports, but so far we have not received anything about those reported missing in Butuan,” Major Michelle Anayron, a regional army spokesman, told the Mindanao Examiner.
The area is a known lair

4 killed, 1 injured in mining dispute

Dennis Jay Santos, Inquirer Mindanao -
Date of publication: 
11 October, 2009

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—-Four were killed and one was injured during a gunfight arising from a dispute among security personnel manning a chromite mining company in Bukidnon province.
Major Michele Anayron, spokesperson of the 4th Infantry Division based in Cagayan De Oro City, said the clash occurred in the village of Calabugao in Impasug-ong town of Bukidnon province on Saturday.