Indigenous People's Rights Act (IPRA)

Mine firm still has to wait

By Ma. Elena Catajan -
Date of publication: 
30 August, 2012

A SOUTH African mining firm still has a long way to go before it can start its operations.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DILG-MGB) OIC Fay Apil said it will be the start of a long process for Gold Fields Philippines Corporation to set up shop in Mankayan town.

Apil said that after the information drive weeks ago, more meetings with the community are needed.

Obstacles concerning access to justice and protection for indigenous people

Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) statement - ALRC-CWS-21-02-2012
Date of publication: 
28 August, 2012

Twenty-first session, Agenda Item 3, half-day discussion on indigenous peoples: access to Justice

A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status

The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) welcomes the range of reports concerning the human rights of indigenous people during the upcoming 21st session of the Human Rights Council, being held from September 10 to 28, 2012.

Pawid quits tribal commission

By Manila Standard Today -
Date of publication: 
24 August, 2012

Chairman Brigida-Zenaida Pawid has announced her resignation from the National Commission on Indigenous People during last week’s en banc meeting.

Pawid, a staunch anti-mining advocate, however, has yet to relinquish her post pending appointment of her successor, said sources who asked not to be named in the absence of a designated spokesman.

Lawyer Percy Brawner, one of the commissioners, is seen to replace her.

Malacañang is expected to act on the vacancy in time for the next NCIP en banc meeting on August 29.

Other commissioners are Roque Agton, Dionisia Banua, Conchita Cal

Commission stops miner, indigenous peoples dialog in Palawan

Date of publication: 
21 August, 2012

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) halted Lebach Mining and Development Corp.’s consultations with indigenous peoples in Brooke’s Point, Palawan, until the implementing rules and regulations of a new mining executive order is in place.

In an August 14 memorandum order, NCIP regional director Roberto Almonte suspended consultations Lebach initiated with the locals to obtain their free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) “until such time that the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Executive Order 79 series of 2012 shall be officially issued.”

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Mt Firis is Sacred Ground

A Unified Statement of Non-Islamised Indigenous Peoples in the ARMM
Date of publication: 
18 August, 2012

A Unified Statement of Non-Islamised Indigenous Peoples in the ARMM

We, the Indigenous Peoples of the ARMM, particularly the Téduray, Lambangian and Dulangan Manobo, who are directly affected by the recurring cycles of violence in the Mt Firis Complex call upon one and all to hear our plea;

- That the recent armed conflict between the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Armed Forces of the Philippines as we all know has done indescribable harm not only upon each other but most especially to the peaceloving non-Islamized Indigenous Peoples of the Mt Firis Complex;

- That this

Lumad woes highlighted on World Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Date of publication: 
9 August, 2012

The Mindanao Lumad Alliance, Kalumaran, urges Aquino to “put an end to the killings, abuses, and military recruitment of Lumad paramilitaries in our communities that failed to bring peace and development” as it called to “stop this deception that mines, dams, and agribusiness will bring in development.”


KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Philippines — August 9 marks United Nations (UN) Declaration of the World Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but Lumad groups said their communities are threatened from displacement due to ‘development’ projects and military operations.

An open letter to the Office of the President on on the occasion of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples

Various organisations
Date of publication: 
9 August, 2012

Open Letter to President Benigno Aquino III

Dear President Aquino:

Greetings of peace from Indigenous peoples, advocates and development organizations working for the advancement of indigenous peoples rights!
On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, commemorated by the United Nations on August 9 each year since 1994, we challenge you to give due attention to the urgent plight of indigenous peoples in our country.

Revised rules readied for community OK

Date of publication: 
5 August, 2012

THE GOVERNMENT is reviewing the guidelines for obtaining the consent of indigenous peoples (IPs) to mining ventures as part of discussions for the implementation of Executive Order (EO) 79, a senior environment official said.

“The review of the FPIC (free and prior informed consent) process guidelines was part of the directives issued by the Office of the President for implementing and operationalizing EO 79,” said Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Director Leo L.

Tampakan Mining Project Cause Of Conflicts In B’laan Tribe -Communities Want SMI Out

Alyansa Tigil Mina -
Date of publication: 
25 February, 2012

Peace and order situation in Malungon, Sarangani Province faces new threat as B’laan communities in different sitios and barangays contend over the Tampakan Mining Project of Sagittarius Mines Inc.

Pickets vs mining firm ‘peaceful’

By Maria Elena Catajan -
Date of publication: 
27 July, 2012

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -– The protests in Mankayan town are still within peaceful grounds, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

Benguet Police Provincial Office Intelligence chief Mario Mayames said Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation (LCMC) tried but failed to implement the order of the National Commission on Indigenous People to allow Goldfields Philippines to drill in the Far South East site.

Mayames said it was LCMC that later gave way when protesters refused to let equipment and materials pass through the site.