Abra elders poised to sue mining firm

By Ma. Elena Catajan, Sun Star Baguio
Date of publication: 
11 December, 2010

ELDERS from Licuan Baay Abra are unified in protest against mining.

Ibinongan elders and leaders of Licuan-Baay trooped to the city to dialogue with Bridget Pawid Hamada, newly appointed National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) commissioner.

The elders are poised to file a class suit with the NCIP in Cordillera Administrative Region for alleged irregularities in procedures involving mining companies.

Indigenous communities are protesting against Canadian mining company Olympus Pacific Minerals for alleged violations in the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) consultations

Mamanwa and Manobo tribes oppose logging inside their ancestral domain

By Nokie Calunsag, Green Mindanao Association, Inc.
Date of publication: 
6 October, 2010

LANUZA, SURIGAO DEL SUR—Calling for the stoppage of logging in their ancestral domain, members of the Kahugpongan Tribung Mamanwa—Manobo (KATRIMMA) trooped last week to Sibahay, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur and to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) office in Tandag.

Sibahay is the site of the logging camp of the Ventura Timber Corporation (VTC) which has signed an Integrated Forestry Management Agreement (IFMA) with the Department of Environment andNatural Resources (DENR).

The IFMA, approved on Feb.

NCIP Useless in Protecting Indigenous Rights

LRC-KSK Press Release
Date of publication: 
18 August, 2010

This is a classic case of the National Commission on the Indigeous Peoples (NCIP) which is mandated to protect the rights of the indigenous peoples from the ancestral territories as enshrined by the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) or R.A. 8371.

The Mamanwa tribe of Surigao del Sur asked help from the provincial officer to intervene in the on-going forcible entry of the Ventura Timber Corporation (VTC) in the mountains of Tandag, Cortez, and Lanuza, all in the province of Surigao del Sur.

Indigenous Peoples Call for Review of IPRA, Other Laws Affecting Their Communities

Date of publication: 
14 August, 2010

MANILA —- A review of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), a mining moratorium and to put a stop to the counterinsurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) became the rallying calls for more than 200 delegates representing the country’s 14 million indigenous peoples from more than ten regions in the country as they celebrated the World Indigenous Peoples Day on August 9.

Gathered in a forum that challenged the administration of Pres. Benigno Simeon C.

Lumads gather to forge own agenda

LSR-KsK Press Release
Date of publication: 
25 July, 2010

LANTAPAN, BUKIDNON—-Some 100 indigenous peoples (IP) leaders representing lumad communities all over the country gathered here to forge an IP Agenda for the newly inaugurated Aquino administration.

Dubbed as the State of the Indigenous Peoples Address (SIPA ’10 kicked off yesterday at the Hall of Peace, Sungco, Lantapan town, here in Bukidnon. The opening coincides with the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

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.

CPA Pioneer Receives International Recognition for Protection of Indigenous Rights, Ancestral Land and Culture

5 October 2009

BAGUIO CITY – Cordillera Peoples Alliance founding member and pioneer Mother Petra Macliing, was chosen as one of the awardees of Women’s World Summit Foundation’s (WSSF) Laureate Prize for Rural Women for the year 2009. Mother Petra’s invaluable and historic contribution for the protection of indigenous rights to self determination and ancestral land was distinctly recognized alongside the efforts and contributions of the other 9 awardees worldwide.

Indigenous Peoples, Climate Change and the Right to Self Determination

Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2009

Such arrogance to speak of owning the land.
How can you own that which will outlive you?

Land is life, What is the most precious thing to man? Life. If life is threatened, what ought a man do? Resist.

Asia Indigenous Caucus Statement in UN EMRIP

2nd session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Agenda Item 3:
Lessons Learned and Challenges to Achieve the Right to Education by Indigenous Peoples.

Thank you, Mdm. Chairperson.

First of all, I would like to congratulate you on behalf of Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus for your election as Chairperson of this session. We are confident that under your able leadership the EMRIP will be able to advance indigenous peoples’ rights worldwide.

PIPLinks letter to President Arroyo re CERD

Date of publication: 
18 September, 2009

President Arroyo
c/o the Philippines Embassy
8 Suffolk Street
London, SW1 4HG

18 September 2009

Your Excellency,

I am taking the opportunity of your visiting the United Kingdom, to write on behalf of Indigenous Peoples Links, a UK-based support organisation working to uphold and promote the collective and individual human rights of Indigenous Peoples. We would like to raise issues around the concluding observations of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which were made public on 31st August 2009.