Forests and Logging

Local knowledge on biodiversity in Pantaron Range might vanish along with flora and fauna

Kalikasan PNE / KAMP statement
Date of publication: 
18 May, 2014

The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) warned that the largely undocumented biodiversity in Pantaron Range might disappear, along with the indigenous knowledge of the Talaingod Manobos that have protected the forests of the mountain range over the past decades, if the displacement of the indigenous Lumad communities caused by the militarization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) persists.

This was among the major conclusions of the environmental group during their participation in a National Solidarity Mission (NSM) organized by national and local peo

Solidarity for the Manobo people’s struggle for the protection of land rights, self-determination, and the environment

Kalikasan PNE / Karapatan / KAMP Joint appeal
Date of publication: 
11 May, 2014

Dear fellow advocates:

The Pantaron Range is a mountainous area that contains one of the last remaining primary forests in Mindanao, a part of our few remaining biodiversity corridors, and is a critical watershed for major river systems such as the Pulangi, Lasang and Davao rivers.

Philippine biodiversity faces dire threats

Roxana Isabel Duerr, Deutsche-Welle – Global Ideas -
Date of publication: 
17 December, 2013

The incessant exploitation of natural resources in the Philippines is crippling the country’s rainforest and biodiversity as well as robbing indigenous people of their livelihoods.

The Philippines are part of the so-called “megadiversity regions,“ a group of 17 countries home to a significant proportion of the world’s biodiversity

Considered to be protectors of nature and the environment, the dryad or tree nymph “Diwata” is worshipped as a God-like creature in some regions of the Philippines.

Indigenous People Struggle for Their Rights

by Fr. Shay Cullen, PREDA Foundation
Date of publication: 
22 October, 2013

The leader of the community of the Aeta indigenous people proudly led me around the hillside resettlement community where the 200 or so families were establishing a new village community. Their ancestral village and lands were wiped out in a torrential typhoon and gigantic floods. My mission, helped by the German Church agency Misereor, was to help them resettle and develop basic organic agriculture, coffee, coconut, and mangos.

As I walked the hillside, I passed dozens of small grass-roofed huts with walls of bamboo matting.

Surigao Sur environmentalist fears for life; says mining, logging and politics behind threats

By Roel Catoto -
Date of publication: 
19 July, 2013

SURIGAO CITY—“My life is now becoming harder,” said Chito Trillanes, who for two months now has been hiding in different safe houses afraid that he would be killed.

Trillanes is the spokesperson of the Social Action Center (SAC) in the Vicariate of Carrascal-Cantilan-Madrid-Carmen-Lanuza and Parang Zone (CarCanMadCarLanPar) in Surigao del Sur.

As the SAC spokesperson, he’s been leading the campaign against destructive mining and logging in their area.

Respecting Indigenous Peoples' Sacred Sites

Tebtebba E-Newsletter
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2013

COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines, 28 January (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service)—Owing to his close affinity with the spirit world, his ancestors, his ancestral domain and Mother Nature, Datu Doming Tumaytay is adept in identifying medicinal and other important plants he has been familiar with since childhood. The tribal chief from Sto.

The brave non-violence of the Subaanen people

Fr. Shay Cullen, Fr. Shay's columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK & Hong Kong
Date of publication: 
6 July, 2012

Some thousands of indigenous people all over the Philippines, especially in Mindanao, especially the Subaanen people, on the Zamboanga Peninsula have struggle for years to stop mining corporations from moving in to explore and mine the mountains and hills. They are victims of corrupt government officials and even judges who are captivated by the vested interest of the mining industry.

Some Indigenous people are sadly being forced to turn to armed resistance as the mining corporations move into their lands.

Another environmental activist assassinated!

Kalikasan PNE Press release
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2012

A Dutch environmental advocate based in the Philippines was killed this afternoon in front of his office in Sto. Domingo, Angeles City Pampanga. Willem Geertman is the executive director of Alay Bayan Inc. (ABI), a non-government organization that works on community-based and development-oriented responses in addressing the vulnerabilities stemming from poverty, powerlessness, environmental degradation and political abuse.

Illegal loggers, miners target Manobos’ ancestral land

Zaff Solmerin -
Date of publication: 
1 July, 2012

THE Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (AILTF) on Sunday said President Aquino was privy since May 2012 about the conspiracy of environmental plunderers and some people in government to implement logging and mining activities in the Manobo tribe’s 51,000-hectare ancestral home in Barangay Kasapa, Lapaz, Agusan del Sur where the Manobo Agroforestation Complex is located.

In its May 2012 report to Mr.

Hope for indigenous peoples

Ka Iking Seneres,
Date of publication: 
29 March, 2012

It’s good to have ancestral domains for indigenous peoples (IPs), but let us be aware of the fact that not all indigenous tribes have their own ancestral domains.