Region 12

SMI renews bid for $5.9bn mining project

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By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/125933/philippines-smi-renews-bid-for-5-9bn-mining-project/
Date of publication: 
20 August, 2014

Despite government failure to address policy issues in the mining industry, Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) is still hopeful it will get the necessary permits and clearances needed to pursue its stalled Tampakan Copper and Gold Project.

It is poised to conduct more rounds of consultations with stakeholders, including obtaining the consent of communities and local government units that will be affected by its multi-billion dollar project.

The Tampakan project straddles the Mindanao provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur and Sarangani in the Philippine covering more than

Philippine education department publishes revised edition of "Understanding the Lumad"

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http://tebtebba.org/index.php/content/304-understanding-the-lumad-revised-edition
Date of publication: 
1 July, 2014

Understanding the Lumad (Revised Edition)

The Philippine Department of Education, with the permission of Tebtebba and Silingang Dapit sa Sidlakang Mindanao (SILDAP-SE), has published the revised edition of “Understanding the Lumad.” The education department, through its Indigenous Peoples Education Office (IPsEO), decided to publish this “to make it more widely available to…public school teachers in Mindanao and others who are working with indigenous peoples in various education programs.”

“The Department of Education (DepED) has earlier adopted the National Indigenous Peoples Educatio

Mindanao natural resources, protectors under siege

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By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/05/25/mindanao-natural-resources-protectors-under-siege/
Date of publication: 
25 May, 2014

First of two parts

Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) warned that the largely undocumented biodiversity in Pantaron Range might disappear, along with the indigenous knowledge of the Talaingod Manobos who have protected the forests of the mountain range over the past decades, if they continue to be driven out of their ancestral domain as a result of massive troop deployment and military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

MANILA – This is a familiar story by now – once upon a time, the Philippines had an extensive forest cover.

Action around Glencore Xstrata AGM on Tampakan

The following articles are timed with the Glencore Xstrata AGM.

Local knowledge on biodiversity in Pantaron Range might vanish along with flora and fauna

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Kalikasan PNE / KAMP statement
Date of publication: 
18 May, 2014

The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) warned that the largely undocumented biodiversity in Pantaron Range might disappear, along with the indigenous knowledge of the Talaingod Manobos that have protected the forests of the mountain range over the past decades, if the displacement of the indigenous Lumad communities caused by the militarization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) persists.

This was among the major conclusions of the environmental group during their participation in a National Solidarity Mission (NSM) organized by national and local peo

Solidarity for the Manobo people’s struggle for the protection of land rights, self-determination, and the environment

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Kalikasan PNE / Karapatan / KAMP Joint appeal
Date of publication: 
11 May, 2014

Dear fellow advocates:

The Pantaron Range is a mountainous area that contains one of the last remaining primary forests in Mindanao, a part of our few remaining biodiversity corridors, and is a critical watershed for major river systems such as the Pulangi, Lasang and Davao rivers.

Tribesmen celebrate pull out of troops from Davao town

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By Mindanao Examiner - http://www.mindanaoexaminer.com/news.php?news_id=20140430113946
Date of publication: 
1 May, 2014

DAVAO CITY – Philippine tribesmen on Wednesday celebrated the pull out of government troops in Davao del Norte’s Talaingod town and praised all those who supported their plight at the height of military offensive against communist rebels in the area.

More than 1,000 tribesmen have fled the town and sought safe refuge with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Davao City.

Anti-mining protests mark Earth Day celeb in Mindanao

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By Tyrone A. Velez and Myrah G. Acuzar, Davao Today - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/04/24/anti-mining-protests-mark-earth-day-celeb-in-mindanao/
Date of publication: 
24 April, 2014

DAVAO CITY — The Talaingod Manobos highlighted an Earth Day protest rally here where they slammed government agencies for allowing the entry of five mining companies into their homeland in Davao del Norte.

This as other rallies in General Santos City and Surigao City gathered indigenous peoples and environment advocates to oppose the entry of large-scale mining companies in Mindanao.

Led by the organization Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon, some 50 of its leaders and members picketed the offices of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) an

Philippines deadliest Asian country for environment activists – report

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INQUIRER.net - http://globalnation.inquirer.net/102121/ph-deadliest-asian-country-for-environment-activists-report#ixzz2z1sf5Ve4
Date of publication: 
15 April, 2014

[Global Witness have produced a report focussing on the rise in killings of those people defending environmental and land rights (including mining activists).

Bishops seek stop to Tampakan mining in Mindanao

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http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/352786/economy/agricultureandmining/bishops-seek-stop-to-tampakan-mining-in-mindanao
Date of publication: 
16 March, 2014

Catholic Church officials in Mindanao on Thursday reiterated their plea to the government to stop the mining of gold and copper in South Cotabato.

Bishops led by new Cardinal and Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo wrote a letter to President Benigno Aquino III asking for a “God-enlightened decision” on the matter.

“The cost, Mr.