Forests and Logging

Indigenous Women's Legislative Agenda of Surigao del Sur

IP Women Gathering, Surigao del Sur
Date of publication: 
23 October, 2010

In Celebration of the Indigenous Peoples Month, will share the Indigenous Women’s Legislative Agenda of Surigao del Sur

IP Women Gathering
Diocesan Pastoral Center
Tandag, Surigao del Sur

The Indigenous Peoples Women of the towns of Carrascal, Cantilan, Tandag, and San Miguel Surigao del Sur are Aware of the worsening state of our source of survival which affects our role as women in asset and resource governance of our respective sovereign territories.

Recognizing that indigenous peoples particularly the women are vulnerable to the effects of environmental degradation brought by th

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.

IPs block roads leading to logging company in Surigao Sur

Noel B. Najarro, PIA Press Release -
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2010

Buatuan City — Undetermined number of indigenous people believed to be belonging to Manobo tribes established barricades and blocked the concession roads of the Surigao Development Corporation (SUDECOR), early morning, Monday at Sitio Gacub, Brgy. Hinapoyan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur.

The indigenous people’s action according to police reports from Surigao del Sur police, prevented the logging trucks from passing the concession area going to the company’s main office at Brgy.

Lumads hit ‘deception’ in carbon trading, demand ‘climate justice

Keith Bacongco - MindaNews
Date of publication: 
12 July, 2010

DAVAO CITY – Lumads or indigenous peoples belonging to 12 tribes in Mindanao’s southern provinces have declared their opposition to what they call the deceptive nature of treaty-based schemes to reduce carbon emissions, saying these are being promoted by countries that are being accused as the main culprits of climate change.

In a manifesto sent to media, the Lumads cited in particular the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+).

The CDM is one of the “flexibility mechanisms” defined in the 1991 Kyoto Protoco

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.

Environmental activists laud Supreme Court's issuance of Writ of Kalikasan as an early Earth Day gift

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
15 April, 2010

Environmental groups have reason to celebrate Earth day as the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday issued the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases, the rules and regulation which will govern the procedure in legal actions involving enforcement or violations of environmental and related laws.

“We commend the SC for issuing an ‘environment-friendly’ Rules of Procedure. This early Earth Day reward is a result of grassroots communities’ arduous and untiring struggle to protect the environment and natural resources and uphold their basic rights,” said Clemente Bautista Jr.

Groups question Arroyo conservation award

Christian V. Esguerra, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
8 April, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to fly to the United States next week to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., where she will also receive the International Conservation Award from the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF).

Ms Arroyo will be conferred the award during formal rites at the US Congress on April 14.

An alliance of local environmental groups and religious organizations, however, has expressed its “absolute opposition” to Ms Arroyo’s being so honored.

Misamis Oriental Largest Illegal Logging is still Unresolved

Date of publication: 
21 April, 2010

Berting Pinagawa, a Higaonon farmer has to walk almost 40 kilometers to the downtown of Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental to account his testimony to a priest on the massive cutting of trees inside their ancestral territory. His account led the 25,000 residents calling the immediate cancellation of the Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) issued to Southwood Timber Corporation (STC) covering 11,476 hectares.

After the initial sign-on petition were filed at the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Gingoog City, he was murdered in the eve of December 24, 2009 in Sitio Papataon, Brgy.

Barrage of mining operations feared to make Caraga a 'ghost region'

PIA Press Release -
Date of publication: 
5 April, 2010

Butuan City – Shortening the time in acquiring mining permits in the country is both bad and sad news for communities protecting environment and will bring sooner the Philippine’s Mining Capital, Caraga Region, lived up to its name — a ghost region.

Environmental groups claimed that the barrage of mining activities in Caraga Region had made some portions of the once high, towering and mighty “Red Mountain” in the boundary of Surigao provinces an instant “swimming pool”.