Protected Areas

Priest hits ‘destruction’ of Sierra Madre

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http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=64757
Date of publication: 
30 September, 2015

BULACAN – A Catholic priest has minced no words in blaming developers for the alleged destruction of Sierra Madre, exhorting the government and the public to do what they can to conserve, protect, and restore the little that remains of the mountain range.

“We call on the government to stand up against those who are blinded by greed and do not see the Sierra Madre Mountain as a mother who also needs to be nourished,” said Fr.

Missionary’s fear: More IP rights violations without gov’t action

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CBCP News - http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=62949
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2015

NORZAGARAY, Bulacan – A Catholic religious doing mission work among the Dumagats of Sierra Madre has denounced the recent killing of three civilians, including the head of a local Lumad school, in Surigao del Sur by alleged members of paramilitary group “Magahat,” fearing like incidents can happen to other IP communities in the country if the government remains blind to their plight.

Justice now

“Government authorities must do all they can so that victims of the crime get the justice they deserve.

Court of Appeals upholds NCIP, thumbs down MacroAsia’s Palawan mining bid

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by Leonard Postrado - http://www.mb.com.ph/court-of-appeals-upholds-ncip-thumbs-down-microasias-palawan-mining-bid/#GEXQZrm2kVUgpMvo.99
Date of publication: 
4 May, 2015

The Court of Appeals (CA) has thumbed down the bid of Lucio Tan-owned MacroAsia Corporation to conduct mining operation covering 1,113.98 hectares located at Sitio Linao, Brooke’s Point, Palawan.

In an 18-page decision penned by Associate Justice Danton Bueser, the CA’s Special Sixteenth Division upheld the validity of the resolution issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) denying MacroAsia’s application for issuance of a certification precondition necessary for the latter to proceed with the extraction activities at Brooke’s Point.

The appellate court agr

For indigenous voices in land use, a seat at the table isn’t necessarily enough

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BY Kate Evans - http://blog.cifor.org/26469/indigenous-participation-land-use-management-philippines-forests-protected-areas#.VOWR9CwlJ_i
Date of publication: 
20 January, 2015

Formalizing indigenous people’s participation in protected area management is not enough to ensure they can actually defend their interests against more powerful actors, a new study has found.

If participation is to meaningfully include marginalized groups, we must examine how it happens on the ground, says the paper’s lead author, Tessa Minter, a post-doctoral researcher from Leiden University and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

That’s exactly what Minter and colleagues did, studying how a group of indigenous people in a Philippines protected area partici

MGB 12 proposes mineral reservation project in Sarangani towns

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http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611418100542/mgb-12-proposes-mineral-reservation-project-in-sarangani-towns
Date of publication: 
9 December, 2014

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 9 (PIA) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 12 is pushing a mineral reservation project in the municipalities of Kiamba and Maitum in Sarangani.

Just recently, Engr. Hernani G. Abdon, OIC chief of the Mine Management Division (MMD) of MGB 12, presented the project proposal to members of the Sangguniang Bayan of both municipalities in separate occasions.

In these meetings, Engr.

Philippine ethnic groups want bill recognizing conservation rights

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Pia Ranada, http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/environment/72866-ph-indigenous-peoples-icca-bill-conservation-rights
Date of publication: 
23 October, 2014

They say existing laws on conservation do not address new concerns on preserving ecologically-important sites that are also sacred to the IPs

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine indigenous peoples want a bill that will strengthen their rights to conserve and protect natural resources inside their ancestral domains.

On the second day of the National Conference on Indigenous Communities Conserved Areas on Wednesday, October 22, tribal leaders applauded plans for such a bill to be sponsored by Ifugao representative Teddy Baguilat Jr.

“The bill will see to it that indigenous initiatives, i

Philippines: Probe into relocation of Badjaos sought

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Inquirer - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/642918/probe-into-relocation-of-badjaos-sought
Date of publication: 
6 October, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Militant lawmakers have sought an investigation into the relocation of Badjaos to the mountains of Zamboanga City after the failed Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) siege last year.

Gabriela Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus filed House Resolution 1409 to call for the probe.

Hundreds of Badjao families were relocated to Tulungatong, Mampang and other villages far from the sea, Ilagan and De Jesus said.

Mindanao natural resources, protectors under siege

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By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/05/25/mindanao-natural-resources-protectors-under-siege/
Date of publication: 
25 May, 2014

First of two parts

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 who have protected the forests of the mountain range over the past decades, if they continue to be driven out of their ancestral domain as a result of massive troop deployment and military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

MANILA – This is a familiar story by now – once upon a time, the Philippines had an extensive forest cover.

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

Source: 
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

Source: 
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.