Region 13

Urgent Action: Philippine indigenous community schools being shut down

PHILIPPINES: Community schools for indigenous children being shut down by Department of Education in Caraga region

ISSUES: Childs right; indigenous people; rule of law


Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-082-2015

6 July 2015

Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes with deep concern about the endorsement by the Department of Education Region XI to shut down at least 24 accredited community schools, which will affect 2,896 Lumad children.

Urgent Action: Call for the immediate pull-out of military troops from Mindanao

KARAPATAN Human Rights Update
Date of publication: 
26 June, 2015

Urgent Action : Call for the immediate pull-out of military troops from the communities of peasants and indigenous peoples in Mindanao

Dear friends,

Please join us in our call for the immediate pull-out of AFP troops from the communities of peasants and indigenous peoples in Mindanao. There are at least three groups of evacuees from the provinces of Saranggani, Bukidnon and Davao del Norte.

Manobo activist disappeared while with Consunji company guards, feared dead

News Release -
Date of publication: 
15 May, 2015

An officer of organization Kisasabanay Dulangan Manobo (KIDUMA) was invited inside the Consunji compound in Brgy.

Lumad leader faces another trumped-up criminal charge

Press Statement -
Date of publication: 
21 April, 2015

Mindanao indigenous leader Jomorito Goaynon faces another trumped-up criminal case for the murder of his cousin Dorlito Goaynon dela Mance on March 28, 2015.

Goaynon, Chairperson of Kalumbay, a regional organization of Lumad in Northern Mindanao, was named in a complaint filed by Jenita dela Mance, Dorlito’s wife, at the Malaybalay City police station. Also named respondents in the murder charge were seven of Jomorito’s siblings.

Red 5 - Surigao mining firm pays initial P5 million to Mamanwas, barricade lifted

By Roel Catoto -
Date of publication: 
26 March, 2015

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Mamanwas have lifted their barricade against a mining firm on Saturday after Greenstone Resources Corporation initially paid at least P5 million to the tribesfolk, belated reports said.

Vicente Baldoza, provincial director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), said Mamanwa lumads ended their six-day barricade at the Greenstone mining site in Cawilan, Tubod town in Surigao del Norte.

Baldoza told MindaNews on Wednesday afternoon that the P5 million was an initial payment of the P19 million demanded by the Mamanwas.

Last March

International mission probes human rights violations in Agusan Sur

Date of publication: 
16 March, 2015

The “Balit mission” confirms cases of rights abuses by soldiers in Lumad communities, who were forced to evacuate.

San Luis, AGUSAN DEL SUR — When Marissa Wakdas, 25, a Banwaon, and her family evacuated from sitio Nakadayas, Mahagsay village, San Luis, Agusan del Sur, what was in her mind was that they were fighting for their ancestral land. Instead of giving in to the harassment of soldiers, they would rather evacuate so the soldiers will not bother them, she said.

Wakdas was one of the 969 Banwaons who left their homes, starting from Dec.

Indigenous Ritual for Peace in Mindanao

Timuay Justice and Governance statement
Date of publication: 
22 March, 2015

(Tulak Fantag Kétanék [in Téduray])

The Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao and the Philippines have similar beliefs and systems of worshiping the Divine Creator. This worship and belief systems of the IPs are connected to nature and is not religion. It is for this reason that Indigenous Peoples have a strong connection to the environment – they know that the environment is their life and their place of worship.

The Indigenous Peoples believe that in times of crisis, the Divine Creator must be called upon; for He is the Creator of all beings – living or non-living.

Banwaon datus: Mining interest leads to human rights violations

Joint Press Release -
Date of publication: 
2 February, 2015

Around 207 Banwaon households became victims of human rights violations as recorded by Karapatan-Caraga due to the ceaseless military operations in four villages in San Luis, Agusan Del Sur, to pave way for the entry of mining companies in the area.

Two hundred families involving 969 individuals were forced to evacuate their community due to threats by paramilitary groups and elements of the 26th Infantry Battalion- 4th Infantry Division Philippine Army (26IB-4th ID PA) under Lt. Col. Rolando Dumawa.

Government told: Stop forcible entry of mining firms

By Jigger J. Jerusalem -
Date of publication: 
30 January, 2015

A TRIBAL group leader is pressing on the government to stop coercing the indigenous people (IP) of San Luis, Agusan del Sur to sign the document that would pave the way for the entry of mining companies, which he said could destroy not just the environment but the culture of the lumad communities.

Rogelio Plana, secretary-general of the lumad group Kalumbay, said Friday the Banwaon tribe members living in hinterland areas in San Luis are being pressured to sign the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT).

The signing of the CADT, Plana said, would give mining firms the legitimate

Mindanao folks troop to Makati to warn mining companies: ‘Get out of Mindanao now’

Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

Anti-mining activists, environmental advocates and indigenous peoples from Mindanao held protest actions in front of the Makati offices of mining corporations responsible for environmental destruction and rampant human rights violations in the country’s southern region, namely the Filipino-Malaysia-owned Apex Mining, Canada-owned Toronto Venutres Inc (TVI), and Swiss-owned Glencore.

“This is a warning to these companies: get out now. The people of Mindanao are raging and our resistance grows stronger every day.