Region 9

Mt. Pinukis an arena of debate on mining

Ryan Rosauro, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
14 November, 2010

Filed Under: Mining and quarrying, indigenous people, Philippines – Regions, Protest, Environmental Issues, Graft & Corruption
WE DON’T want the machines to run because that will signal the destruction of our remaining source of water,” declared Subanen woman leader Manuela Patinio.
Her tribe recently rose in protest against a planned mineral exploration in the Pinukis mountain range in Midsalip town in Zamboanga del Sur by Geotechniques and Minerals Inc. (Gami). The company commissioned Construction and Drilling Specialists Inc.

Subanen tribe stops mineral exploration

Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
24 October, 2010

MIDSALIP, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines – The Subanen tribe in this frontier town has gained victory over its fight to prevent a mineral exploration in the Pinukis mountain range.

On Friday, the workers of Construction and Drilling Specialists Inc.

Gov't Plans Moratorium on New Mining Project Applications Due to NCIP Issues

Date of publication: 
25 October, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The government mulls a moratorium in accepting mining project applications in light of the 2,800 applications that have been pending because of difficulties of mining proponents in getting permits and licenses from the National Indigenous People’s Commission (NCIP).

Environment and Natural Resources undersecretary Jeremias Dolino revealed this plan to reporters at the sidelines of the “Blue Skies Alliance, ” an environment forum of Honda Cars Philippines Inc.

Dolino said they are still discussing this plan with Secretary Ramon Paje.

“We are looking into t

Statement on GAMI mining in Midsalip

The Director, Mines and Geosciences Bureau
Date of publication: 
12 October, 2010

To whom it may concern:

We citizens of Midsalip, members of ASIN organization (Alliance to Save Integrity of Nature) wish to inform you that we strongly oppose the exploration of GAMI and Alpha Sibuco Investment mining companies in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur. GAMI have no moral or legal rights to begin operations for the following reasons:

a) The Supreme Court has not yet issued its finding on the Petition (Motion for Reconsideration) brought by citizens of Midsalip against the MGB and GAMI.

b) The TIMPOBIA (Timbaboy Pob. B.

Advancing (ir)responsible mining in Mindanao

Working Group on Mining in the Philippines (WGMP)
Date of publication: 
14 October, 2010

According to a report published on the Philippine Information Agency website on October 4th 2010 (‘Mindanao mining group advances responsible mining’ a number of mining companies with operations in Mindanao, the Philippines, recently launched what they refer to as the Coalition for Responsible Mining in Mindanao or COREMIN2.

Amnesty International urges deliver Justice and Basic Services to Indigenous Peoples

Amnesty International Philippines Press Release
Date of publication: 
19 September, 2010

Pagadian City – Amnesty International, a human rights organization, called on President Aquino and local government officials to deliver justice to victims of human rights violations and deliver basic services to indigenous peoples in the country, particularly in Zamboanga Peninsula.

“In our conversations with indigenous peoples from Zamboanga del Sur, particularly from ten (10) municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur, Subanens revealed very disturbing human rights concerns in their communities.

IPs cry for help vs. miners in Zamboanga Peninsula

16 August 2010

Frustrated and helpless about government utter failure to protect their ancestral domains in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Subanen leaders have reached out to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to seek advice on how to protect their remaining swathe of lands from incursions by both local and international mining companies.

NCIP Asked to Respect Subanen Decision Making Process

Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center Press Release
Date of publication: 
27 April, 2010

QUEZON CITY — Subanen leaders from Western Mindanao trooped to the office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to demand a stop to the present Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) processes currently being implemented by the agency in Zamboanga Peninsula and demanded the adoption of their own traditional consent processes.

Lumads need to know impact of mining, climate change, says NCIP official

Walter I. Balane/MindaNews -
Date of publication: 
29 September, 2009

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 September) – Indigenous peoples need to know and should demand full disclosure of the impact of mining projects on their environment, culture, and economic conditions before deciding on the proposed entry of such projects in their communities, Commissioner Janette Serranoof the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) said.

“What is imperative is equitable benefit sharing,” Serrano-Reisland said.

The commissioner, who spoke at the First Mindanao Tribal Summit here over the weekend, also said it is imperative to educate the indigenous communities on

Subanon holds successful traditional festival

Tito Natividad Fiel
Date of publication: 
26 September, 2009

Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines – About 1,500 Subanon People and visitors have witnessed a weeklong “buklog”, the highest form of Subanon traditional festival, in Barangay Conacon this municipality.

The majority of the Subanon attending came from the 16 Barangays of Bayog, which cover the Ancestral Domain Application area, as well as different provinces and municipalities throughout Zamboanga Peninsula.

“Peksalabukan Gukom de Bayog (PGB)”, a traditional Subanon organisation led by “Timouy”, or Chieftain, Lucenio Manda held the activity with the purpose of celebrating the reconci