Region 9

Bukidnon State University (BSU) host IP Month Celebration

Source: 
LRC-KsK Cagayan de Oro regional office
Date of publication: 
4 October, 2009

Malaybalay City – Bukidnon State University (BSU) under president Barroso in cooperation with Legal Rights and Natural Resources Inc-Kasama sa Kalikasa/Friends of the Earth Philippines (FoE-Phils) Cagayan de Oro regional Office will host the Indigenous People (IP) Month Celebration on October 5 – 9, 2009 to be held at BSU compound.

The activity would be a venue for the IP to celebrate the richness of their unique culture and allowing a cultural exchange that will foster deeper cultural understanding of the struggle of the IPs to self-determination.

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Affirmation of Subanon leader sends strong message to gov't, mining company

Source: 
LRC-KsK Press Release
Date of publication: 
28 August, 2009

Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines—-The Subanons of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte took a crucial step towards securing their ancestral domain against encroachment from Canadian mining firm TVI Resource Development, Inc.

Treaty urges govt to protect indigenous peoples

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Manila Times, By Ira Karen Apanay, http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/aug/22/yehey/prov/20090822pro1.html
Date of publication: 
22 August, 2009

A United Nations human rights treaty has urged the Philippines to protect indigenous peoples (IPs) from armed conflict, extrajudicial killings and discrimination, as the body examined the Philippines ‘ compliance with the international Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

Human Rights Commissioner Cecilia Quisumbing said the current fighting in Mindanao and its effect on indigenous peoples and evacuees has attracted the concern of UN experts on racial discrimination.

“This brings another human rights dimension to the renewed combat in the South.

Sagittarius Mines urged to be transparent in its dealings

Source: 
http://www.bworldonline.com/BW063009/content.php?id=077
Date of publication: 
30 June, 2009

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The Catholic Church on Monday urged foreign-backed miner Sagittarius Mines, Inc. to be transparent in its community dealings, especially now that the firm has announced commitments for a feasibility study.

At the same time, Fr. Romeo Q. Catedral, social action director of the Diocese of Marbel, called on the South Cotabato Sangguniang Panlalawigan to finally enact the environment code that prohibits open-pit mining in the area.

“We appeal to the people in the affected communities to give us feedback.

Tampakan miner airs security, social concerns

Source: 
Business World - http://www.bworldonline.com/BW060809/content.php?id=049
Date of publication: 
8 June, 2009

GENERAL SANTOS — Foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc.

Charter change might lead to more abuses of indigenous peoples’ rights–Amnesty

Source: 
http://thephilsouthangle.com/?p=3015
Date of publication: 
3 June, 2009

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Amnesty International expressed alarm that the planned charter change to open up the economy to more foreign investors might lead to further abuses of indigenous peoples.

In a forum at Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Amnesty International Director Dr. Aurora Corazon Parong said, “The indigenous peoples are already marginalized with very inadequate social services and struggling against incursion of government projects and mining operations in their lands without their free, prior informed consent (FPIC).

The impact of UK-based mining companies on the Philippines, particularly focusing on the right to food

Source: 
Submission to the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights - Call for Evidence on Business and Human Rights by Working Group on Mining in the Philippines (WGMP)
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2009

Contents

  1. Introduction and background
  2. Case studies
  3. Conclusions and recommendations
  4. Basis of submission

1. Introduction and background

This submission focuses on the way existing and proposed mining by global companies in the Philippines poses a threat to human rights, particularly the human right to food of local communities. Its findings build on the WGMP’s recent publication Philippines: Mining or Food?

Lumads say Mining Act has only worsened their lot

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Keith Bacongco/MindaNews-http://www.mindanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6017&Itemid=160
Date of publication: 
2 March, 2009

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 March) — Fourteen years after it was signed into law, the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 or Republic Act 7942 has failed to bring development to the indigenous communities, a lumad leader today said.

Some 200 Lumads (indigenous peoples) today expressed their dismay over RA 7942 by staging a protest action in front of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) here and called for the scrapping of the law which they said has only worsened their living condition.

The protest came a day before the 14th anniversary of the signing of the law.

Then President Fidel Ramos

"Largest royalty payment" to Lumads divides Mamanwas

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Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews - http://www.mindanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5965&Itemid=160
Date of publication: 
23 February, 2009

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) – The estimated 400 families of Mamanwas in five towns in Surigao del Norte ought to be celebrating: they now have P51.5 million, the “largest royalty payment” made by a mining firm to a Philippine tribe, in their bank account. And there will be more payments, for 2008 and every year thereafter, not only from the Taganito Mining Corporation (TMC) but the two other mining firms operating in their ancestral domain.

But no one is celebrating.

Lumads: militarization is number one problem

Source: 
Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews - http://www.mindanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6002&Itemid=50
Date of publication: 
1 March, 2009

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) — Twenty three years after the dismantling of the Marcos dictatorship, leaders of regional organizations of indigenous peoples (IPs or Lumads) in Mindanao say militarization remains their number one problem. “Sa pagsumada namo.. sa kasinatian..