Region 9

Canatuan residents report that TVI mine tailings are leaking into their creeks.

Date of publication: 
4 May, 2005

DCMI has recently heard reports from the community on Canatuan that mine tailings from TVI’s operations have been leaking out into the Lumot Creek. This creek runs into the Lituban River which, in turn, runs into the Siocon River and to the coastal area.

Over 2600 Participate in an Anti-Mining Caravan which Culminates in Dipolog City

Source: 
by Maryanne Mutch, DCMI
Date of publication: 
17 June, 2005

A Failed Promise - The Dumingag Case

Source: 
By Ellen Red Inside Mindanao, Published in Mindanao Monitor
Date of publication: 
1 November, 2006

Dumingag, Zamboanga Del Sur – Reforestation was promised by logging companies to the people in this town. This never happened.

This time, with the promise of responsible mining of TVI Minerals Processing, Inc., the people in this town are wary; while others are downright saying not to the planned entry of the mining company. “Based on our experience, the areas that were destroyed by logging never again regained its former appearance and state. What more with mining where the mountain itself will be destroyed?”

Church and Government Leader Calls TVI Pacific a 'liar'

Source: 
By Tito Natividad Fiel, DIOPIM Committee on Mining Issues (DCMI)
Date of publication: 
11 November, 2006

Dipolog City – The Canadian mining company TVI Pacific has been portraying itself as a responsible miner, not just in the Philippines, but all over the world. However this image has been ruined when the highest church leader in the province of Zamboanga Del Norte has accused it recently of being a ‘liar company.’

Subanon of Mount Canatuan

Source: 
ATM Press Release
Date of publication: 
12 March, 2008

The UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has issued a follow up letter to the Philippine Government
(letter dated March 7th 2008 attached available at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/ docs/early_warning/Philippines070308.pdf)

The following is a summary of the content of the letter:

Referring to its Early Warning Urgent Action letter of August 2007 the committee states that it ‘remains preoccupied by the situation of the community of the Subanon of Mount Canatuan.

Subanon of Mount Canatuan return to the United Nations

Source: 
Task Force Canatuan
Date of publication: 
14 March, 2008

The UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has issued a follow up letter to the Philippine Government
(letter dated March 7th 2008 attached available at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/early_warning/Philippines...)

The following is a summary of the content of the letter:

Referring to its Early Warning Urgent Action letter of August 2007 the committee states that it ‘remains preoccupied by the situation of the community of the Subanon of Mount Canatuan. It notes with concern that the situation has not improved and …

Subanon tribe pushes ancestral domain claims

Source: 
MindaNews
Date of publication: 
1 December, 2007

ZAMBOANGA CITY -– Traditional leaders of the
Subanon tribe in Zamboanga Peninsula issued a statement Friday
reiterating their appeal to concerned government agencies “to respect
their legitimate claims of ancestral domain in this region.”

In an assembly Friday at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University here, 35
of these tribal leaders also slammed what they called government
“discrimination” against the rights of Subanons in the peninsula.

The tribal conference dubbed “Glumpuk Nog Kobogolalanan Sog Pigsungan
Nog Nawan (Assembly of Tribal Traditional Leaders of Zamboanga

Subanons Swarmed Government Agency for Indigenous Peoples

Date of publication: 
19 November, 2007

More than a hundred Subanon leaders from all over the Zamboanga Peninsula swamped the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Pagadian City this morning to assail the government agency for turning its back against the indigenous peoples that it is mandated to protect.

MILF urges IPs to think out of IPRA

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http://www.luwaran.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=472
Date of publication: 
28 October, 2007

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has reiterated its call to
members of the Indigenous peoples in Mindanao to conduct their struggle
outside of the framework of the Indigenous People’s Republic Act (IPRA),
which it describes as clearly pro-mining and pro-logging that could
ultimately deprive them of their remaining ancestral lands in Mindanao .
Jun Mantawil, head of the MILF peace panel Secretariat, told Luwaran
that it is not too late for the indigenous tribes to wake up and
conclude that their future with their ancestral domain and ancestral

UN Committee sets deadlines for Philippine Government to address accusations of violations of IP rights

Source: 
Task Force Canatuan
Date of publication: 
9 September, 2007

Following its 71st session this August the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has invoked its Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedure imposing deadlines on the Government of the Philippines to respond to accusations regarding its failure to uphold, protect and respect the rights of the Subanon and other Indigenous Peoples in the context of mining operations on their lands.