Indigenous People's Rights Act (IPRA)

Legenda Mines and the Tagakaulo of Malita, Davao del Sur

By Fr. Joey Ganio Evangelista, MJ, Mindaviews -
Date of publication: 
21 July, 2012

DIGOS, Davao del Sur (MindaNews/19 July) – Legenda Mines, a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, has made its presence felt among the Tagakaulo community in Malita, Davao del Sur, and has made many concerned and fearful. I have been working with the Tagakaulo community here in Malita as a missionary for more than a year now. The Tagakaulo is a Lumad tribe in the provinces of Davao del Sur and Sarangani.

Mining EO disrespects local autonomy'

By Dino Balabo, The Philippine Star -
Date of publication: 
14 July, 2012

MALOLOS CITY, Philippines – The new mining policy recently issued by Malacañang is disrespectful of local autonomy and of the expression of different sectors, especially on asset reforms in the country.

Akbayan party-list Rep.

After all the antics, Mining EO still puts PH future in peril

Kalikasan PNE Press Release
Date of publication: 
9 July, 2012

Environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment immediately mounted today a protest action to assail the Aquino government’s announcement of its long-anticipated new executive order (EO) on mining. The EO that is almost a year in the making was criticized for still maintaining pro-foreign and large-scale mining provisions and lacking substance in terms of environmental protection and people’s welfare.

The brave non-violence of the Subaanen people

Fr. Shay Cullen, Fr. Shay's columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK & Hong Kong
Date of publication: 
6 July, 2012

Some thousands of indigenous people all over the Philippines, especially in Mindanao, especially the Subaanen people, on the Zamboanga Peninsula have struggle for years to stop mining corporations from moving in to explore and mine the mountains and hills. They are victims of corrupt government officials and even judges who are captivated by the vested interest of the mining industry.

Some Indigenous people are sadly being forced to turn to armed resistance as the mining corporations move into their lands.

Shepherding FPIC processes

Atty. Pancho G. Umali / On Firm Ground -
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2012

SEASONED businessmen belonging to the extractive industries that have operations in far-flung areas are most likely aware of “FPIC,” which stands for free, prior and informed consent, and “NCIP,” which refers to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

An easy call: IFC should quit MRL mining project

by Edel Garingan of Alyansa Tigil Mina, Bretton Woods update -
Date of publication: 
3 July, 2012

Quezon City, Philippines – Mining in the Philippines, just like in many other countries in the world, has faced countless protests and rejection from communities and civil society groups. For an industry that boasts multimillion dollar investments, it has been accused of barely contributing to the efforts of uplifting the lives of people in dire poverty.

Prelates, eco groups launch book vs mining

Jocelyn R. Uy, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
24 January, 2012

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and environmental groups have found a new tool to ramp up their fight against big-time mining in the country which its proponents see as the answer to poverty but which detractors like the CBCP insist would destroy the environment.

A book, “Mindoro Campaign: Protecting Island Ecology, Defending People’s Rights,” was launched Monday by the CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action (Nassa) and environmental groups Alyansa Laban sa Mina (Alamin) and Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM).

The 158-page book chronicles the continuing struggl

NCIP issues injunction over gold miner’s drilling in Benguet

Liza T. Agoot / Correspondent -
Date of publication: 
11 January, 2012

LEPANTO, Mankayan, Benguet—The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) regional office has issued an injunction on the confirmatory drilling activity of the subcontractor of Gold Fields at Barangay Pacu, Mankayan, Benguet.

The order was issued on Dec.

Communities with mining applications suffer ‘legal terrorism’-Canadian church mission

ALDWIN QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch -
Date of publication: 
16 January, 2012

BAGUIO CITY – Members of the Beaconsfield Initiative, an exposure mission comprised mostly of Canadian church members, visited the Cordillera Region last week. Focusing on areas where Canadian Mining Companies operate, they found out that there is an ongoing “legal terrorism” victimizing the community people.

Reverend Patricia Lisson, directress of the St. Columbia House in Canada, defined “legal terrorism” as the use of law over the rights of the people.

$5.9-B mine project fails to get ECC

Riza T. Olchondra, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
14 January, 2012

Global miner Xstrata Plc’s Philippine unit said on Friday it was “extremely disappointed” with a government decision not to clear for now its planned $5.9 billion copper-gold Tampakan project, potentially the biggest in Southeast Asia.

Sagittarius Mines Inc.