Forests and Logging

WWF launches book on Palawan indigenous group

Date of publication: 
19 March, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines on Thursday launched a book on the conservation strategies for nature of an indigenous group in Northern Palawan.

“The Tagbanua of Malampaya Sound” chronicles the lives of the Tagbanua indigenous people and their stewardship efforts to preserve the natural beauty of Malampaya Sound.

Noting the thousand-year pristine state of the Tagbanua’s forests, rivers and coasts, author Dr.

Mining share to GDP in past decade “very modest,” MGB stats reveal

Stsatements, ABS-CBN et al
Date of publication: 
5 March, 2012

‘Mining a social justice issue’

By Christian S. Monsod –

3 March 2012

The mineral wealth of our country, as the mining industry reminds us, is “staggering” – about $840 billion. Its potential to contribute to our country’s development cannot be discounted. While mining has never been a driver of our development, not even during the mining boom of the seventies, we are here to find out if there is a way to realize that potential.

Mining Conference Declaration: repeal Mining Act, enact new law, declare moratorium

Mindanao Declaration: repeal Mining Act, enact new law, declare moratorium

By Carolyn O.

‘Broken record’: Tribe appeals for stop to logging

By Delfin T. Mallari Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon -
Date of publication: 
21 January, 2012

LUCENA CITY—A tribe calling Sierra Madre its home is calling on President Benigno Aquino to heed calls for his administration to clamp down on logging in the mountain range and stop its destruction.

“We never waver in our belief that President Aquino will respect the indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination,” said Ramcy Astoveza, head of the Agta tribe in Sierra Madre.

“We’re now reiterating our appeal to him to protect Sierra Madre, to ensure the bright future of our tribe,” he said.

He said while the law mandates the consent of tribal people as a prerequisite to

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

By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Franklin Roosevelt Dimaguiba -
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

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.

Sadanga tribe opposes mine in communal forest

Date of publication: 
17 July, 2011

BAGUIO CITY — Standing firm on the community’s united decision and indigenous political systems in protecting their homeland, members of the Sadanga tribe of Mountain Province opposed the latest move of a mining company to explore parts of the virgin forest within their ancestral domain, which serves as the watersource for the ricefields and downstream Chico River.

On the other hand, officials of the local government units of Sadanga said that the mining applicant should consult them for them to know whether the people are infavor or against the said exploration project.

Officers and

Indigenous peoples dismayed by their absence in Sona

Violeta M. Gloria, MindaNews -
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.

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

Green groups call for green PNoy, solons Urge passage of 3 envi bills

SOS – Yamang Bayan - Sagip GUBAT press release
Date of publication: 
23 July, 2011

“Gawing luntian ang tuwid na daan,” more than two thousand indigenous peoples, farmers, fisherfolks, urban poor, students, church people, and environmentalists asked President Benigno Aquino III yesterday (July 23), two days before his State of the Nation Address (SONA), as they paraded around the Quezon Memorial Circle and held a program in front of the Quezon City Hall.

The Campaign for Land Use Policy Now!, Sagip GUBAT, and SOS-Yamang Bayan networks organized the Green Parade to celebrate the country’s environment and natural resources and call for the immediate passage of the Nation