Region 4b

Aeta tribal leaders assert control on ancestral lands

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By Reynaldo G. Navales - http://www.geekwire.com/2015/house-passes-space-mining-bill-allowing-companies-to-keep-what-they-find-in-asteroids/
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2015

CLARK FREEPORTLEADERS of the different Aeta tribal groups in Clark have asserted that they are in control of their ancestral lands and not the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) or any other entities.

The Aeta leaders, belonging to the Mabalacat Aeta Tribal Association (Mata) issued the statement in reaction to the work stoppage order issued by the CDC against the proponents of a US$2 million sewerage and sanitary disposal facility in Mabalacat City.

The CDC has issued a cease and desist order against the L.C.

Mindoro governor leads rally vs mining company

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http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/697855/mindoro-governor-leads-rally-vs-mining-company
Date of publication: 
12 June, 2015

CITY OF CALAPAN—The provincial government is taking the lead in a rally against a mining firm here today, issuing a memorandum on June 9 requiring all officials and employees of capitol to take part in the protest action.

The memo was issued by Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr.

“To demonstrate our constant opposition and strong objection to the operation of Intex in the province…all will gather at the provincial government grounds at 2 p.m.

Mindoreños to mount huge rally vs mining on Independence Day

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http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/697711/mindorenos-to-mount-huge-protest-vs-mining-on-independence-day#ixzz3dUFQ5nWX

CITY OF CALAPAN—A mammoth multisectoral rally is set to be held in this city on Friday, Independence Day, to protest the decision of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to allow a European nickel company to operate on Mindoro Island.

Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr.

Green groups, lawmakers ask Congress to investigate approval of DMCI coal-fired power plant in Palawan

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Joint press release
Date of publication: 
10 June, 2015

House resolution filed inquiring on irregularities, environmental risks of coal project

Environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE), Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy (PACE) joined progressive lawmakers yesterday in filing House Resolution No.

Indigenous peoples score DMCI on World Environment Day

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KATRIBU News Release
Date of publication: 
5 June, 2015

MAKATI—Indigenous peoples from KATRIBU Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas along with environment activists conducted a protest action at the office of D.M. Consunji, Inc (DMCI) on Friday, June 5, on the commemoration of the World Environment Day.

DMCI, Palawan Council’s railroading of Narra coal power plant a ‘serious blow to our natural, national heritage’

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
1 June, 2015

National environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) denounced the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and the DM Consunji Inc. (DMCI) in their railroading of the Strategic Environmental Plan clearance of the company’s coal-fired power plant project in Narra, Palawan.

Philippines: Palm oil plantations left peasants and indigenous peoples landless, deprived of livelihood, says APC

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http://iva.aippnet.org/philippines-palm-oil-plantations-left-peasants-and-indigenous-peoples-landless-deprived-of-livelihood-says-apc/
Date of publication: 
10 May, 2015

On May 09-10, a National Oil Palm Conference was held in Davao City, Philippines which was organized by the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Region (RMP-NMR), Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) and Hongkong-based Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC).

Mining Companies in Philippines Face Many Travails

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By Trefor Moss, Wall Street Journal - http://www.wsj.com/articles/mining-companies-in-philippines-face-many-travails-1431467078
Date of publication: 
12 May, 2015

Red tape, opposition from indigenous people mar efforts to fulfill country’s mining potential

On the island of Mindoro in the Philippines, a tribe contemplates the impact a proposed nickel mine will have on its way of life.

MINDORO, The Philippines—The island’s name means “gold mine” in Spanish, but it was nickel that was ultimately found in the mountains of Mindoro two decades ago.

Since then, like so many Philippine mining ventures, the proposed Mindoro Nickel project roughly 100 miles south of Manila has struggled to break ground because of onerous red tape and opposi

Court of Appeals upholds NCIP, thumbs down MacroAsia’s Palawan mining bid

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by Leonard Postrado - http://www.mb.com.ph/court-of-appeals-upholds-ncip-thumbs-down-microasias-palawan-mining-bid/#GEXQZrm2kVUgpMvo.99
Date of publication: 
4 May, 2015

The Court of Appeals (CA) has thumbed down the bid of Lucio Tan-owned MacroAsia Corporation to conduct mining operation covering 1,113.98 hectares located at Sitio Linao, Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

In an 18-page decision penned by Associate Justice Danton Bueser, the CA’s Special Sixteenth Division upheld the validity of the resolution issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) denying MacroAsia’s application for issuance of a certification precondition necessary for the latter to proceed with the extraction activities at Brooke’s Point.

The appellate court agr

Iraya Mangyans to be evicted for Puerto Galera Municipal Waste Dump

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By Robert A. Evora Manila Standard Today - http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/04/17/iraya-mangyans-p66-million-galera-dump-will-displace-us/
Date of publication: 
17 April, 2015

PUERTO GALERA, Oriental Mindoro—Mangyan representatives walked out on a meeting called by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples after refusing to sign a resolution endorsing the P66-million dump project that they said would encroach on their ancestral land.

“The proposed Categorized Waste Disposal Facility/Sanitary Landfill Project will displace us and contaminate the purity of the nearby source of springwater (bukal) flowing into the Tamaraw Falls,” said Ciriaco Bibo, who led the tribesmen belonging to the Iraya Mangyan subtribe.

But NCIP Provincial Officer Karen Ignacio