Region 3

The March to Progress in the Philippines

By Ditsi Carolino, Al Jazeera -
Date of publication: 
4 November, 2014

A tribesman leads his village in resisting a development project that promises progress but threatens his tribe.

“Mr President, your idea of progress is not our idea of progress”, admonishes tribal man Vic to President Aquino of the Philippines.

Vic is one of 120 people from Casiguran, north of the Philippines, marching across the country to protest a controversial land development created by a powerful political dynasty.

The development promises to bring economic progress with resorts, an airport and factories. Construction has begun, destroying ricelands and displacing fisherfolk.

Aurora project draws flak

by Macon Ramos-Araneta -
Date of publication: 
3 May, 2012

OPPOSITORS of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Free Port project in Casiguran led by the town’s parish priest on Wednesday slammed the apparent inaction of Malacañang on their plight.

Senator Edgardo Angara and his son, Aurora Rep. Jun Edgardo “Sonny” Angara co-sponsored Republic Act 10083, creating APECO.

The younger Angara and Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, the senator’s sister, sit on the economic zone’s Board.


Groups from Northern Luzon hold protest against mining corporations

Date of publication: 
1 March, 2012

Some 300 members of anti-irresponsible mining groups and residents from various provinces in Northern Luzon held a rally in front of the offices of well-know mining corporations in Manila earlier this week in protest against what they said are the countless rights violations these companies have been perpetuating as they implement their mining projects.

Northern Luzon is composed of the Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and Cordillera regions where famous man-made and natural wonders can be found such as the Baguio rice terraces.

Aetas fighting for land rights draw inspiration from fallen leader

Robert Gonzaga, Inquirer Central Luzon
Date of publication: 
22 August, 2011

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Before he died on July 31, Aeta leader Leonardo Abraham, who had fought for more than a decade for the rights of indigenous peoples in Bataan, was able to leave a blueprint for his community to follow in dealing with people and institutions that want to benefit from their lands.

In a July 19 letter to Zenaida Hamada-Pawid, chair of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Abraham rejected the Joint Management Agreement (JMA) proposed by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority on the ancestral domain of the Pastolan Aeta community.

The community holds a Cert

The plight of the Aetas

Rey Salita, Manila Standard

Aetas begging on the streets during the holidays are met with amusement and some degree of curiosity.

We frown on them when they use makeshift musical instruments in an attempt to provide their potential benefactors some entertainment.

Only a few of us urban dwellers appreciate the fact that the problems facing these indigenous peoples go deeper than cultural discrimination.

Agency wants 10% cut on Aeta claim in Subic

Ayen Infante, Tribune -
Date of publication: 
23 August, 2010

The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), the agency overseeing the welfare of indigenous communities in the country, was reportedly demanding 10 percent of the future earnings of an Aeta community from its shares on projects being set up in so-called ancestral domains in Subic Bay.

Pastolan Community Tribal chieftain Condrado Frenilla said NCIP head Roque Anton was said to be demanding from them a 10 percent equivalent share from the 10 percent take that the Aetas are getting from future investors locating in areas classified as ancestral domain inside the Subic Freeport zone.

Ebdane suspends small mining in Zambales

Henry Empeno / Correspondent -
Date of publication: 
13 July, 2010

IBA, Zambales—-Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. has ordered the suspension of all mining and quarrying operations in this province pending a review of permits and compliance by mining firms with environmental-protection requirements.

Ebdane, who issued the order just four days after his inauguration as Zambales governor on June 30, also began inspecting mining and quarrying sites in the province last week in accordance with his call for “judicious utilization of resources” here.

Zambales mining outposts demolished

Robert Gonzaga Cesar Villa, Central Luzon Desk -

MASINLOC, Zambales — At least two mining outposts here were demolished last week on the order of the municipal council, but the firm’s owner called the move political harassment.

Officials and personnel of Compania Minera Tubajon Inc. (formerly Coto Mining Corp.) said the demolition was carried out by the municipal engineering personnel and policemen without a court order.

CMTI security personnel said the demolition team and armed policemen, some of who were not in uniform, disarmed them as they destroyed the structures on Friday.

Defending Ancestral Domain

Father Shay Cullen, Manila Times -
Date of publication: 
24 January, 2010

Aeta Groups with Fr. Shay Cullen and the Preda Staff , happy after receiving their ancestral land title recognizing their rights to more than 15,000 hectare of land in Botolan.

It was a happy day and a happier event for hundreds of the descendants of the original inhabitants of the Philippines. They were gathered in the covered basketball court of Botolan, Zambales, to be recognized as the rightful inhabitants and owners of 15,000 square kilometers of ancestral domain.

Quarrying Threatens Floridablanca CADT; Aetas Stand Their Ground Vs Quarry Operations

LYN V. RAMO, Indigenous Peoples Watch,
Date of publication: 
16 January, 2010

QUEZON CITY — A score of Aeta families are holding their ground amid threats of an imminent demolition by virtue of a request from a prospective quarry site operator in a resettlement site in Floridablanca, Pampanga.

The said site is in the Aeta territory in Floridablanca town, which recently acquired a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and has since been a show window of her administration’s implementation of various programs including the “poverty alleviation” package.