Protected Areas

‘Still no peace for majority of BangsaMoro people in new Aquino-MILF deal’

By Marya Salamat, -
Date of publication: 
31 March, 2014

“The Moro people will continue to endure the national oppression, economic subjugation and dire poverty and backwardness albeit under the signboard of a supposedly newer and better form of regional autonomy.” – Moro Christian Peoples’ Alliance

MANILA – Amid the euphoria and plaudits that greeted the newly-signed Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the ordinary Moro and those supporting their centuries-old struggle cannot clap yet nor rest their case.

“We recognize the determined effort of the MILF to mainstream the Bangsamoro problem and put forward solutions t

Send the Aurora Free Port Zone project to the grave – farmers, fisherfolk

Date of publication: 
23 January, 2014

“The Apeco law, which established the freeport zone in the province, ushered a new era of land grabbing and plunder of natural resources to the detriment of the indigenous people, farmers and small fisherfolk in Casiguran, Aurora.

MANILA- Groups opposed to the controversial Aurora Pacific Economic and Free Port zone pressed members of the House of Representatives to start the debate and pass House Bill No.

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 peoples press for ancestral land, other rights

Date of publication: 
12 August, 2013

The updated IP Agenda was divided into four themes: on IP lands, territories, resources and development aggression; on human rights, militarization and peace; NCIP, conflicting laws and FPIC; and on social services, Post-2015 Development goals, Climate Change adaptation and Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Preparedness and Response Measures.

MANILA — About 80 tribe leaders from different communities in the country gathered to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in a forum held in Quezon City.

The National Forum on Indigenous Peoples and

Palawan: Stop oil palm expansion now!

A statement from ALDAW
Date of publication: 
24 March, 2013

My people, the indigenous communities of southern Palawan URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP. Please sign and circulate the two petitions against
oil palm expansion that we have just launched through and platforms.

Citinickel pays P375,000 fine for Palawan mine spill

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Date of publication: 
8 February, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. has paid the over P375,000 penalties to the government following the November silt spill in its Palawan operations.

In a disclosure to the stock exchange on Friday, February 8, Citinickel’s parent, Oriental Peninsula Resources Group Inc., said it has also constructed additional silting pond to prevent a similar incident in the future.

“Yes we confirm that there was an incident of overflowed water with silt in one of our silting pond…in one of our nickel mining operation located in Brgy.

MGB to probe, fine mining firm over silt spill in Palawan

Written by Jonathan L. Mayuga / Reporter -
Date of publication: 
3 February, 2013

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will investigate the extent of the environmental damage caused by a spill at a silt pond in Palawan province’s Narra town that belonged to the Citinickel Mines and Development Corp. (CMDC), it was learned over the weekend.

MGB Director Leo Jasareno said the CMDC, the mining unit of publicly listed Oriental Peninsula, is liable for the spill and would be fined the same way Philex Mining Corp. was over the August 1, 2012, tailings pond leak at the Pacdal mine in Tuba and Itogon towns, Benguet province.

“We need to make an assessment.

Death of two rivers in Palawan imminent if Citinickel mining continues

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
3 December, 2012

The large-scale mining operations of the Citinickel Mines and Development Corporation’s Pulot nickel mining project will potentially result in the biological death of at least two rivers adjacent to its tenement in the province of Palawan.

Nelson Mallari: Hero of the Aetas, champion of people’s rights

Date of publication: 
5 August, 2012

He was an Aeta who held his head up high while fighting for the rights of Aetas, indigenous peoples, and oppressed sectors of Philippine society. Ka Nelson was a “treasure of the Aeta people.”

FLORIDABLANCA, Pampanga – After ten years, Nelson Mallari was finally back in his hometown in Nabuclod mountain.

The Aeta leader would have wanted to return alive but circumstances did not allow him to.

Zamboanga del Sur hosts biggest anti-mining protest

Jun Pasaylo Home -
Date of publication: 
10 December, 2011

PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines – More than five thousand residents of Zamboanga del Sur province started a two-day march Friday (Dec.