Dams and Water

Lawmaker, activists blamed unbridled logging, mining in Mindanao pre-Xmas tragedy

By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Franklin Roosevelt Dimaguiba - http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/11120829-lawmaker-activists-blamed-unbridled-logging-in-mindanao-prexmas-tragedy
Date of publication: 
17 December, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – A member of the Philippine parliament and an activist fisherfolk federation on Sunday blamed the unbridled large-scale mining and logging activities in Northern Mindanao region behind the pre-Christmas environmental tragedy that sent scores of ordinary people killed and hundreds missing.

Despite, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III order last February to halt all logging and mining operations in the region, local government officials closed to Malacanang, big mining and logging firms and their protectors in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were very enterprisi

Intex Resources Found in Breach of International Guidelines

Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) Press Release
Date of publication: 
30 November, 2011

Tribal leaders to withhold support for Pulangui V

By Carrell C. Magno and Laurie Ailynne M. Benito, Bangsamoro Center for Just Peace (Mindanews), http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2011/09/28/special-report-tribal-leaders-to-withhold-support-for-pulangui
Date of publication: 
28 September, 2011

Leaders of indigenous communities in Bukidnon have refused to engage in any discussion over the planned construction of the Pulangui V Hydroelectric Project (HEP), until dam proponents submit a cultural impact assessment that will detail the damage the dam will cause the tribes.

The dam, which is expected to generate 300 megawatts into the Mindanao grid, and 1,256 gigawatt hours of cheap renewable energy nationwide, is touted to provide more than half the projected power shortage in Mindanao by 2014.

Indigenous peoples dismayed by their absence in Sona

Violeta M. Gloria, MindaNews - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2011/07/26/indigenous-peoples-dismayed-by-their-absence-in-sona
Date of publication: 
26 July, 2011

KORONADAL CITY – Delegates to an assembly of indigenous peoples expressed dismay at their being not mentioned in the second State of the Nation Address of President Benigno S.

Free and Prior Informed Consent screening sought

Ma. Elena Catajan, http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2011/08/01/free-and-prior-informed-consent-screening-sought-170202
Date of publication: 
1 August, 2011

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet –- First district Board Member Johnny Waguis is seeking to look into all transactions involving Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) proceedings.

Waguis said he already submitted the title of the proposed resolution seeking to have all large scale mining, dam projects, as well as explorations requiring FPIC process to seek an endorsement from the Provincial Board.

The proposed ordinance requires all persons or entities intending to engage in large mining activities, hydroelectric power plants, engineered sanitary landfill and other projects requiring FPIC provide

Tribes to hold SIPA Monday

Date of publication: 
24 July, 2011

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines (PNA) – Leaders and members of the indigenous peoples (IPs) groups in Mindanao have started to gather at the Christ the King Retreat Center (CKRC) in Koronadal City in South Cotabato since Thursday to deliver their State-of-the-Indigenous-People Address (SIPA) – their own version of President Aquino’s State-of-the-Nation Address (SoNA) Monday.

In a press statement, Legal Rights Center (LRC) official Cocoy Rebuta claimed that around 100 key leaders and chieftains from tribal groups – like the Manobo, Mamanwa, T’boli, B’laan, Subanen, Teduray, Higaonon, Ta

“Oceana Gold continues environmental and livelihood destruction, dislocation in Didipio, NV”-International study group

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
11 July, 2011

BAYOMBONG, NUEVA VIZCAYA—An international study tour recently held in large-scale mining affected communities in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya concluded that the mining development of foreign-owned Oceana Gold Philippines Inc.

Lumad datu not happy with P-noy’s visit to ‘anti-Lumad’ power plant

PASAKA Press Release
Date of publication: 
16 September, 2010

Davao City —- Pnoy’s [President Benigno Aquino III] visit to the site of the 42.5 MW hydroelectric power plant in Sta. Cruz Davao Del Sur yesterday alarms Datu Monico Cayog, vice – chairperson of the PASAKA Confederation of Lumad Organizations in Southern Mindanao, for this signifies the president’s support to investments that have contributed to the dislocation and degradation of the lumads’ culture.

Cayog, a Bagobo-Tagabawa lumad from the foot of Mt.

Alternative Law Groups (ALG) commends the Supreme Court for issuing the New Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases

Alternative Law Groups (ALG) Press Release
Date of publication: 
22 April, 2010

The Alternative Law Groups (ALG) commends the Supreme Court for issuing the New Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases just before the Earth Day Celebration. The new rule will be effective on April 29, 2010.

“The new rules would greatly help in the immediate resolution of cases as the high court has provided new remedies for the protection of the environment and new rules that are expected to facilitate the resolution of these cases”, said Atty. Marlon Manuel, coordinator of ALG.

Lumads And Bangsamoro Communities Bear the Costs of Development Projects that are Imposed against their Will

DUYOG-Mindanao (DM) Statement
Date of publication: 
16 April, 2010

The Pulangi V Megadam Issue in Bukidnon

The Manobo tribes and the BangsaMoro communities from various towns in Cotabato and Bukidnon in Mindanao are facing increasing threats of either being drowned or displaced by the proposed Megadam project, the Pulangi V which they have staunchly opposed to this day. They protest that the Megadam Project is being imposed on them against their will, and without their free, prior and informed consent.

Government officials and the power firm behind the project say that the Pulangi V Dam is about development and progress in Mindanao.