Region 2

Statement by Peter Duyapat of DESAMA

Speaker: Peter Duyapat from the Didipio Earthsavers Multipurpose Association
Date of publication: 
13 August, 2009

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Presentation under Agenda Item 4

Thank you Madam Chair for this opportunity to share with the participants of this session our experience in the Philippines and to give our recommendations for the consideration of the UN Human Rights Council through the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

I am Peter Duyapat, belonging to the Ifugao indigenous community living in Didipio, Municipality Kasibu, province of Nueva Vizcaya.

Mining for Answers in the Philippines

Reynard Loki, -
Date of publication: 
13 June, 2009

The Philippine mining industry is running rough-shod on indigenous people and the environment. For President Macapagal-Arroyo, it presents a great opportunity

The municipal government of Nueva Valencia in the Philippine island province of Guimaras last year passed a resolution opposing the proposed mining exploration by the Fil-Asian Strategic Resources and Properties Corporation. Environmental groups and Guimaras residents fear that the project will threaten the natural resources of the island, which is still recovering from a massive oil spill in 2006.

Issue more CADTs! Says the Philippine Indigenous Peoples

Date of publication: 
29 May, 2009

Today, we congratulate the 454 Aeta families in Floridablanca, Pampanga for receiving their Certificates of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT). Finally, they now have a legal instrument that should effectively protect and safeguard their ancestral land.

The awarding of the CADT in Pampanga looks very nice in picture and sounds very good in the news.

Reality check

This has long been overdue and ironic at the same time. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) in her State of the Nation Address in 2001, promised to issue one hundred (100) ancestral domain titles by that year.

British miner gets FTAA for gold project

Business World - Vol. XXII, No. 155 -
Date of publication: 
10 March, 2009

A BRITISH miner has been allowed to fully own and operate a gold mine in Northern Luzon, a move that is expected to boost mining investment prospects and create more than a thousand jobs.

The Environment department approved the permit of London-based Metals Exploration PLC for the fourth fully owned foreign mining venture in the country.

In a telephone interview, Environment Secretary Jose L. Atienza, Jr.

Ground opposition to Royalco strengthened in the Cordillera

Date of publication: 
22 February, 2009

GAMBANG, Bakun -­The Kankanaey indigenous peoples of Bakun here in Benguet province are strengthening still their community efforts against Australian mining company Royalco Minerals, which has applied for exploration in some 5,000 hectares of the said peoples’ ancestral domain.

Vizcaya town seeks TRO vs mining firm

Date of publication: 
25 January, 2009

THE local government of Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya on Thursday petitioned the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order enjoining the Department of Environment and Natural Resources against allowing mining company Oceana Gold to operate in the ore-rich Didipio region.

The Sangguniang Bayan of Kasibu through Mayor Romeo Tayaban also asked the high court for a writ of injunction against Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes for continuing to implement the Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) of Oceana Gold by issuing the necessary permits for its implementation.


Video of the International Solidarity Mission

Video of the International Solidarity Mission
Date of publication: 
22 January, 2009

Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment and Kodao productions are pleased to announced that the short version of the video of the International Solidarity Mission (ISM) can now be viewed.

Mining firm backed group acquires water rights in Vizcaya town

Floro Taguinod, GMANews.TV
Date of publication: 
24 January, 2009

BAYOMBONG, Philippines – Water has become a highly precious resource. There are some places where a barrel of water costs more than a barrel of oil.

Hyundai keen on OceanaGold project

Date of publication: 
8 January, 2009

MANILA, Philippines — Australian miner OceanaGold is in talks with South Korea’s Hyundai Group to help fund its $320-million Didipio gold and copper project in the Philippines, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Hyundai is among several investors OceanaGold is negotiating with since putting the mining project on hold in December due to funding difficulties, Horacio Ramos, director of the mines and geosciences bureau, told reporters.

He declined to name the other potential investors.

Ramos said in October that Hyundai was looking at investing in mining projects in the Ph

Australian Mining Company Royalco Violates Indigenous Community’s Collective Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Cordillera Peoples Alliance Urgent Action
Date of publication: 
12 December, 2008

Australian mining company Royalco Resources Limited has grossly violated the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the Kankanaey indigenous community in Gambang, Bakun municipality, Benguet province here in the Cordillera region, for manipulating the FPIC process for a 5,400-hectare (Exploration Permit Application No. CAR-0001) in the said community. The community has collectively declared and asserted that it is not allowing large mining in Gambang, but inspite of the manifested community opposition and rejection, Royalco continues to manipulate the FPIC and insist its exploration.