Region 13

6 current and former officials charged by Ombudsman for various offenses

Leila B. Salaverria, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
10 June, 2011

—The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of criminal charges before the Sandiganbayan against a governor, two incumbent mayors, a former mayor and several others for various offenses.

Agusan del Norte governor Erlpe John Amante was ordered charged with violation of the anti-graft law for allegedly favoring small-scale mining operator SR Metals Inc.

Amante constantly issued transport permits to SR Metals, the Office of the Ombudsman alleged.

House committee to probe mining royalties

Date of publication: 
1 February, 2011

LAGAWE, Ifugao — The House of Representatives committee on National Cultural Communities (NCC) is set to investigate some officers of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) over their alleged involvement in a fund reparations anomaly.

The NCIP could be involved in irregularities concerning over P 71 million in royalties due to the Mamanwa tribe in Surigao Del Norte, said Ifugao Rep.

Lumad’ oppose arming mine firms to repel rebel attacks

Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
5 January, 2011

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines—Tribal leaders in Northern Mindanao expressed alarm over a supposed proposal to allow mining companies to maintain small armies to repel communist guerrilla attacks.

Jomorito Guaynon, chair of Kalumbay, an umbrella organization of lumad groups in the region, said the idea “runs counter to the general sentiment of …

Agusan Norte officials, town folk urge nickel miner to go

Ben Serrano, GMANews.TV
Date of publication: 
5 December, 2010

BUTUAN CITY — The Agusan del Norte Provincial Board has endorsed the petition of the Sangguniang Bayan of Tubay urging Pres. Benigno Aquino III to order San Roque Metals Inc. (SRMI) to stop its mining operations in that coastal town surrounding Butuan bay.

The provincial board passed on Nov. 15 Sanggunian Resolution No. 117-2010, supporting an earlier town council resolution passed on Aug.

Mamanwa tribes protest the exploration of MRL mining company

Nokie Calunsag, Green Mindanao Association Inc., BIC Newsletter
Date of publication: 
1 December, 2010

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, PHILSIFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today agreed to invest about 2.1 million Canadian dollars in Mindoro Resources Ltd to support a nickel exploration project in the Philippines.
Mindoro Resources Limited (MRL), a Canada-based mining exploration company, will use IFC’s investment for exploration at the Agata nickel project in the Surigao district on Mindanao Island. IFC claimed that it will work with the company to ensure that exploration and any subsequent mine development is carried out in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.

Manobos, Mamanwa ask ancestors’ spirits for help vs logging firm

Date of publication: 
18 October, 2010

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur—The Mamanwa and Manobo tribes in Surigao del Sur are leaving no stones unturned in an effort to stop a logging company from cutting trees in their ancestral domain—legally protesting and petitioning the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and even performing rituals to “awaken” the spirits of their ancestors and asking God to help in their struggle against “the encroachment of a mining firm on their ancestral land.”

Datu Bidao, the Manobo tribe’s chieftain and babaylan (spiritual leader

House Committees got no copy of resolution yet to probe 3 Surigao mining firms, NCIP execs

Date of publication: 
8 October, 2010

Two house committees tasked to conduct congressional inquiry on alleged connivance of three mining firms and two local officials of the National Commission on the Indigenous People (NCIP) claimed the Congress House Rules Committee has not yet officially forwarded to them the resolution for official action.

It can be recalled that two congressmen, Representatives Guillermo Romarate, Jr.

Indigenous Women's Legislative Agenda of Surigao del Sur

IP Women Gathering, Surigao del Sur
Date of publication: 
23 October, 2010

In Celebration of the Indigenous Peoples Month, will share the Indigenous Women’s Legislative Agenda of Surigao del Sur

IP Women Gathering
Diocesan Pastoral Center
Tandag, Surigao del Sur

The Indigenous Peoples Women of the towns of Carrascal, Cantilan, Tandag, and San Miguel Surigao del Sur are Aware of the worsening state of our source of survival which affects our role as women in asset and resource governance of our respective sovereign territories.

Recognizing that indigenous peoples particularly the women are vulnerable to the effects of environmental degradation brought by th

Mamanwa and Manobo tribes oppose logging inside their ancestral domain

By Nokie Calunsag, Green Mindanao Association, Inc.
Date of publication: 
6 October, 2010

LANUZA, SURIGAO DEL SUR—Calling for the stoppage of logging in their ancestral domain, members of the Kahugpongan Tribung Mamanwa—Manobo (KATRIMMA) trooped last week to Sibahay, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur and to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) office in Tandag.

Sibahay is the site of the logging camp of the Ventura Timber Corporation (VTC) which has signed an Integrated Forestry Management Agreement (IFMA) with the Department of Environment andNatural Resources (DENR).

The IFMA, approved on Feb.

Mayor, anti-mining group unite vs mining project in Surigao Sur

Franklin A. Caliguid, Inquirer Mindanao -
Date of publication: 
24 August, 2010

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Sur — The local government of Cantillan, Surigao del Sur found an ally in an anti-mining group amid criticisms over its decision not to issue permit to a major mining company.

On August 2, Cantillan Mayor Genito Guardo rejected for the sixth time the application for business and mining permit of Marcventures Mining Development Corp. to extract minerals from its hinterland areas.