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.

Traditional knowledge finds place in mining

By: Vincent Cabreza, Inquirer Northern Luzon -
Date of publication: 
20 February, 2012

BAGUIO CITY—When a layman says the skies have turned much more silvery compared to the blue skies of yesteryears, mining leaders should not dismiss the opinion offhand as idle chatter.

Often, a cattle raiser or a village chief will express changes in the environment, which can help industry leaders understand their fears and objections to corporate mining, said Jeffrey Joseph Araula, an Ateneo de Manila University researcher sent to study Australian mining communities.

Araula spoke at the January 25 forum on “After Mining Workshop: Improving Training of Environmental Scientists and D

Visayan People's Declaration on Mining and the Ecology

Conference Statement, Sun Star
Date of publication: 
15 February, 2012

Scrap the Philippine Mining Act of 1995,
Enact the Philippine Mineral Resources Act of 2011!

WE, the PARTICIPANTS to the 1st Visayan Conference on Mining and Ecology, representing various organizations of farmers, indigenous people communities, women, urban poor, workers, service workers, students, professionals, the church, media, and business from the many islands of Visayas, conscious of our right to a balanced and healthy ecology in the spirit of precautionary principle and inter generational responsibility are deeply concerned.

Our economy is based on agriculture, forestry, fishe

International organisations respond to Chamber of Mines and Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Statement on behalf of MiningWatch Canada, Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) and the Working Group on Mining in the Philippines
Date of publication: 
13 February, 2012

We are writing, as concerned international organisations, in response to press adverts and statements by the mining industry and their supporters regarding the ‘leaked' draft Executive Order on mining (apparently titled "Institutionalizing and Implementing Reforms in the Philippine Mining Sector, Providing Policies and Guidelines, and for Other Purposes).

Provincial-wide forum in Pampanga signals start of intensified campaigns against 'irresponsible mining'

Kalikasan PNE Press Statement
Date of publication: 
20 January, 2011

Groups under the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) trooped to a province-wide forum at the St. Scholastica’s Academy in San Fernando, Pampanga to discuss the threat of foreign large-scale mining on Mt. Abo, an important watershed of the province and a sacred ancestral domain to thousands of indigenous Aetas in the area. The forum signals the beginning of what the groups said was an intensified national campaign against irresponsible mining.

“We join our Kapampangan brothers and sisters, united under the Ipamingwa network opposed to mining in Mt.

Nationwide talk on FPIC heats up

Date of publication: 
16 August, 2011

QUEZON CITY — “Abolish the NCIP (National Commission on Indigenous Peoples).”

This was the statement of some of the IP representatives during the heated discussion and sharing on the free prior and informed consent (FPIC) on the 1st day of the International IP day celebration and conference here.

Barangay Captain Davidson Aggulin of Gawaan, Balbalan of the province of Kalinga said, the agency is not serving the interest of its bosses (the IPs) specially when it comes to FPIC, therefore, the agency should be abolished.

Respect our rights to land and life, indigenous peoples asked on World IP Day

Date of publication: 
12 August, 2011

MANILA – “We’re not asking for money, we’re just bringing to the attention of the Aquino government our pleas—that they stop those who try to deceive us and dig up and destroy our lands. We have nowhere else to go to.

Earth Borrowed From Our Children

Privilege speech of AKBAYAN Partylist Representative Kaka Bag-ao
Date of publication: 
11 August, 2011

(On the celebration of the World Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Akbayan Representative Kaka J. Bag-ao discusses the repercussions of mining to our indigenous peoples, and the need to legislate the Minerals Management Bill or House Bill 3763 in Congress.)

I rise on a matter of personal and collective privilege.

Mr. Speaker, the World Indigenous Peoples Day, which we commemorate today, should be a celebration of multiculturalism and mutual recognition of rights amidst diversity and adversity.

Subanons Seek the Issuance of Writ of Kalikasan at SC to Stop Mining in Zampen

Philippine Misereor Partnership Press Release
Date of publication: 
9 August, 2011

We will never allow all forms of mining in Zamboanga Peninsula. As a Subanen, we do not want that our ancestral domain which is the source of everything that we need will be destroyed. Our ancestral domain supplies us with everything that we need. It provides us with fresh air, medicines, clean water and healthy food.

Let Itogon heal — CPA

Date of publication: 
31 July, 2011

BAGUIO CITY — The militant alliance of Cordillera peoples organizations here called for concerned agencies and local government units (LGU) to let the Municipality of Itogon heal from several decades of natural resources exploitation.

This was in relation to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s (MGB) approval of the exploration project of Cordillera Tiger Gold Resources Inc. located in the said municipality.

Santos Mero, the deputy secretary-general of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) and also a native of Itogon said the municipality had enough of mineral exploitation.