Forests and Logging

IP group, supporters call for congressional inquiry into killings of lumad leaders

Date of publication: 
2 August, 2011

CAGAYAN DE ORO City, —The leaders of an indigenous peoples group and a representative of an alternative legal group fighting for the protection of the rights of marginalized people in Mindanao has called for a congressional inquiry into the unsolved murders of lumad leaders in Southern Philippines.

Lawyer Jarley D.

Carbon credits a threat to indigenous peoples?

Date of publication: 
29 July, 2011

Indigenous peoples and their support groups are quite upbeat about reforms in the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

They look forward to the genuine and implementation of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act, particularly the provisions on Free, Prior and Informed Consent to any matter that affect their lives and communities.

However, “a new threat in the horizon looms,” according to the annual Green Convergence report in mid-July.

Mindanao Tribal Leaders Urge Stoppage Of Large-Scale Mining, Dev't Projects

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Date of publication: 
26 April, 2011

DAVAO CITY — Mindanao tribal leaders are calling for the stoppage of large-scale mining activities and other development projects leading to the destruction of ancestral domain, environment, and life.

KALUMARAN, or the Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa Mindanao, in a press statement said about 100 tribal leaders made the call at the Datu Bai Conference held at the San Isidro Labrador Parish, Digos City on Monday.

KALUMARAN claimed that large-scale mining, agri-business, and coal fired power plants have encroached in the Lumads’ ancestral lands.

The tribal leaders represented various trib

Why PH needs a national land use code—now

Date of publication: 
20 April, 2011

Various laws that affect farmers, indigenous peoples and companies overlap and confuse

MANILA, Philippines – There are many reasons why the actions of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos continue to scar the nation.

Philippines: UNESCO stands by as forests and livelihoods are destroyed on Palawan

Date of publication: 
28 January, 2011

He worked for the protection of his island, its people and natural treasures – but he could not win in his lifetime. Environmental campaigner and radio jouranlist Gerry Ortega was shot dead on 24th January, just as he was leaving his radio station DWAR Palawan.

Aquino declares indefinite log ban nationwide

Date of publication: 
3 February, 2011

UPDATED 11:22 p.m. – President Aquino on Thursday ordered a logging moratorium on Philippine national and residual forests to protect and stop the destruction of watersheds and river systems.

Aquino also created a task force to lead the government’s campaign against illegal logging.

Aquino signed Executive Order (EO) 23 and made the announcement during the inauguration of the newly-constructed water treatment plant of Maynilad Water Services, Inc.

Postcard campaign to protect the people of Midsalip

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Date of publication: 
1 February, 2011

The following pdf attachments are campaign postcards that have been created to support the Subaanen people of Midsalip, who are facing threats to their land and livelihoods from mining companies (see other articles on this site for more background).

Dear Mr President,

We support the cancellation of all exploration and mining permits for open-pit mineral extraction in the critical watersheds of the Mt Sugarloaf Key Biodiversity Area (No.

Tribal Rights Still Being Violated to Favor Mining Interests

Date of publication: 
31 December, 2010

MANILA – For the indigenous peoples in the Philippines, the year 2010 is a continuation of their struggle for land, their right to self-determination and their most basic human rights.

In August, leaders of the Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP or Alliance of Indigenous Peoples) submitted an indigenous peoples (IP) agenda to President Benigno S. Aquino III.

IPs demand rights, not just consent

Date of publication: 
28 November, 2010

MANILA — The indigenous peoples’ organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) and indigenous peoples party, KATRIBU Partylist picketed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), demanding the revocation of mining permits especially in ancestral lands.

DENR secretary Ramon Paje announced during the National Mine Environment Conference held in Baguio City last Saturday that President Noynoy Aquino “supports mining” but is tiptoeing in issues of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) process enshrined in the Indigenous People’s Rights Act

Manobos, Mamanwa ask ancestors’ spirits for help vs logging firm

Date of publication: 
18 October, 2010

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur—The Mamanwa and Manobo tribes in Surigao del Sur are leaving no stones unturned in an effort to stop a logging company from cutting trees in their ancestral domain—legally protesting and petitioning the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and even performing rituals to “awaken” the spirits of their ancestors and asking God to help in their struggle against “the encroachment of a mining firm on their ancestral land.”

Datu Bidao, the Manobo tribe’s chieftain and babaylan (spiritual leader