Indigenous Rights

Indigenous women – still at the margins of development

Date of publication: 
31 July, 2013

by judy a. pasimio, LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights)

“In a period of lethargic global economic activity, we registered an astounding 6.8 percent GDP growth in 2012. We surpassed this in the first quarter of 2013, when we reported growth of 7.8 percent—the highest recorded GDP in East and Southeast Asia.” This was what President PNoy Aquino declared in his latest State of the Nation Address (SONA).

IP groups to launch nationwide streamer campaign vs mining

Date of publication: 
18 February, 2012

MANILA,—A network of anti-mining organizations is launching a nationwide movement to protest the ongoing mining activities within the ancestral domain of the indigenous people.
Dubbed as “Thousand Streamer Campaign” (TSC) the movement is a protest against the ongoing sell-out of the country’s mineral resources to local and transnational mining corporations, as well as an expression of unity and support to the struggle of indigenous peoples for self-determination.
About 60 percent of more than one million hectares of land that have been approved for mining explorations are situate

Palace thumbs down suspension of revised NCIP rules

Mia M. Gonzalez / Reporter -
Date of publication: 
21 May, 2012

Malacañang has thumbed down a request of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) to suspend implementation of the Revised Guidelines on Free and Prior Informed Consent of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP).

Palace Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on Monday the Office of the Executive Secretary has discussed the matter with the NCIP and that “there had been no substantial change in the rules on FPIC [Free and Prior Informed Consent].”

He added that getting the consent of host indigenous communities for mining operations in their areas, which the COMP is against,

FPIC guidelines reviewed

Rubyloida Bitog -
Date of publication: 
18 December, 2011

THE National Cultural Committee (NCC) came up with a new set of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) guidelines.

NCC chairman Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat said the review of the 2006 FPIC guidelines was made because of the numerous complaints that prompted investigation on the irregularities of its implementation.

Baguilat earlier filed House Resolution 887 calling for the review of the implementation of the FPIC for mining and other development projects proposed to be implemented in the areas of the indigenous peoples.

A technical working group (TWG) was created composed of

Dismantle paramilitary groups too, NY-based rights monitor urges Aquino

By H. Marcos C. Mordeno -
Date of publication: 
31 March, 2012

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 March) – President Aquino should dismantle all state-backed paramilitary groups along with private armies ahead of next year’s elections, the New York-based Human Rights Watch today said.

In a statement, HRW said paramilitary forces in the Philippines have a “long and continuing history of serious human rights violations,” and figured in the November 2009 Ampatuan massacre in Maguindanao province that left 58 people dead.

“Alleged abuses by paramilitary force members are rarely investigated or prosecuted, creating a climate of impunity that encoura

Indigenous peoples and their rights

Anabelle E. Plantilla,
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2011

As early as 1923 Chief Deskaheh, speaker of the Council of the Iroquios, and W.T. Ratana, a Maori leader, were among the first who sought an audience with the League of Nations regarding issues that their tribes were facing, in particular, recognition for their people.

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

IP struggles for recognition continues world-wide

Rimaliza Opiña -
Date of publication: 
23 September, 2010

INDIGENOUS peoples in the Philippines continue the struggle for recognition and protection of ancestral rights despite the existence of laws and signing of treaties, which are supposed to protect their inherent rights as a people.

Addressing delegates to the United Nations Asia Pacific Regional Center Regional Initiative on IP Rights and Development in Thailand last Sept. 18, Ifugao Rep.

Amnesty International urges deliver Justice and Basic Services to Indigenous Peoples

Amnesty International Philippines Press Release
Date of publication: 
19 September, 2010

Pagadian City – Amnesty International, a human rights organization, called on President Aquino and local government officials to deliver justice to victims of human rights violations and deliver basic services to indigenous peoples in the country, particularly in Zamboanga Peninsula.

“In our conversations with indigenous peoples from Zamboanga del Sur, particularly from ten (10) municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur, Subanens revealed very disturbing human rights concerns in their communities.

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.