Region 11

IPs block roads leading to logging company in Surigao Sur

Noel B. Najarro, PIA Press Release -
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2010

Buatuan City — Undetermined number of indigenous people believed to be belonging to Manobo tribes established barricades and blocked the concession roads of the Surigao Development Corporation (SUDECOR), early morning, Monday at Sitio Gacub, Brgy. Hinapoyan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur.

The indigenous people’s action according to police reports from Surigao del Sur police, prevented the logging trucks from passing the concession area going to the company’s main office at Brgy.

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.

Stay order on mining project issued

Leonardo B. Corrales, Business World -
Date of publication: 
2 July, 2010

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Civil society groups have obtained a restraining order against three mining firms involved in a project in Surigao del Norte province, the first issued under a legal instrument introduced by the Supreme Court.

Judge Evangeline Yuipco-Bayana of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 30 in Surigao City has issued a 20-day temporary environmental protection order (TEPO) after conducting a hearing a week ago against Manila Mining Corp., Kalayaan Copper Gold Resources and Silangan Mindanao Mining, Inc.

Lumads end protest as DENR settles row

MIKE U. CRISMUNDO, Manila Bulletin -
Date of publication: 
8 July, 2010

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has resolved its dispute with a group of 200 lumads after a five-hour dialogue last Tuesday that finally ended the protest rally at the DENR compound in Barangay Ambago, this city, officials said Thursday.

The lumads belonging to the different tribes of Mamanwa, Manobo and Higaonon under the “Diwata-Tricom-Yellow Force” held the rally to air their grievances on forestry and mining issues.

The dialogue between the protesting tribal group headed by the tribal consultant Victoriano Vidal and the DENR officials headed b

Lumads hit ‘deception’ in carbon trading, demand ‘climate justice

Keith Bacongco - MindaNews
Date of publication: 
12 July, 2010

DAVAO CITY – Lumads or indigenous peoples belonging to 12 tribes in Mindanao’s southern provinces have declared their opposition to what they call the deceptive nature of treaty-based schemes to reduce carbon emissions, saying these are being promoted by countries that are being accused as the main culprits of climate change.

In a manifesto sent to media, the Lumads cited in particular the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+).

The CDM is one of the “flexibility mechanisms” defined in the 1991 Kyoto Protoco

AFP vows full support of RP mining industry projects

Aurelio A. Pena, PNA -
Date of publication: 
10 June, 2010

DAVAO CITY – Citing its bright economic prospects, the Philippine mining industry has the full support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), according to Brig. Gen. Romero Fajardo, deputy commanding general of the 10th Infantry Division based here in the Davao Region.

“We are ready to help in the security requirements of mining companies operating in this country,” Fajardo told participants of the Mining Industry Forum held here recently at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.

First Environmental Case Against Mining Giants

LRC-KsK Media release
Date of publication: 
21 June, 2010

SURIGAO CITY — Hundreds of residents from a village in Surigao del Norte will storm the hall of justice here to file an ‘environmental case’ against three mining companies and a government agency at around 9:30 am, Tuesday.

Calling themselves the Anislagan Bantay Kalikasan Task Force, Inc. (Abakataf), the complainants from barangay Anislagan, in Placer town, Surigao del Norte, will file an injunction ‘mandamus’ class suit against Manila Mining Corp. (MMC), Kalayaan Copper Gold Resources (KCGR), Silangan Mindanao Mining, Inc.

Community resisting benefits of mining venture

Date of publication: 
24 May, 2010

SURIGAO CITY — Scarecrows stand in front of tattered tarpaulins that serve as protest messages to miners approaching Barangay Anislagan in the remote town of Placer in Surigao del Norte.

A stone’s throw away from the village’s boundary in Barangay Timamana in the municipality of Tubod, backhoes are working overtime, scarring the land for copper, nickel and gold.

“We have been holding protest actions against mining since 2002,” said Mario E.

House to probe mining intrusion in Davao Oriental

Date of publication: 
6 May, 2009

THE House of Representatives is set to look into the alleged intrusion of mining companies in ancestral lands of the indigenous people in a mining area in Mati, Davao Oriental.

Reports reaching Sun.Star Davao showed that House committee on environment and natural resources chair, Representative Ignacio Arroyo, has already invited the local government of Mati, lumad representatives in barangays Macambol and Cabuaya, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), and the two mining companies — Asiaticus Management Corporation (Amcor) and international mining giant BHP Billiton.

Farmers launch "Piso-piso" [i] for the bail-out of Anti-Mining Activist

LRC-KsK statement
Date of publication: 
7 April, 2010

Close to a hundred farmers from the small village of Anislagan, Surigao, Mindanao, Philippines visited the Surigao provincial jail in Surigao City where Rico T. Amarille has been detained since March 24 for two counts of attempted homicide and handed the 1,000 pesos they raised over the weekend.

Anislagan is an agricultural village on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao with two thousand residents has vowed to keep their land protected from one of the world’s largest mining conglomerates, Anglo American Plc., and free of mining projects.