Indigenous Views

Kalinga’s small-scale miners now employ mercury-free methods

Written by Marilou Guieb / Correspondent -
Date of publication: 
20 June, 2014

SMALL-SCALE miners in the village of Ga-ang in Kalinga are now 95 percent operating without the use of mercury. This translates to the non-release of at least two tons of toxic mercury during the mining process.

This was disclosed by the environment group Ban Toxics (BT) as part of its three-year intervention from 2011 to 2014 in Kalinga, a province of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), to use Mercury-free methods in processing gold.

The activity is part of BT’s Elimination of Mercury in Artisanal Small-Scale Mining (ASGM) Program.

Philex’s P189 payout is just another PR gimmick

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) News Release
Date of publication: 
9 June, 2014

Not everyone is applauding Philex Mining Corporation’s payout of the P 188.6-M fine imposed by the Pollution Adjudication Board (PAB) for violating the Clean Water Act of 2004. The recent fine is in addition to the P 1.034 billion fine imposed by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to Philex for violating its Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC). These fines were imposed after a leak in Philex’s waste storage facility, Tailings Pond 3 (TP3), released 20 million metric tons of mine wastes in tributaries of the Agno River in Northern Luzon in August 2012.

Indigenous women say militarization worsens women’s health situation

by Macky Macaspac, Pinoy Weekly
Date of publication: 
29 May, 2014

Clad in their tribal wear, women from the tribes of Manobo-Bukidnon, Bagobo, Matigsalog from Mindanao, Dumagat and Mangyan from Southern Luzon and Kankan-ey from Cordillera joined in a protest rally in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City, for the International Day of Action for Women’s Health yesterday.

The group threw their support for and demanded the release of Andrea Rosal, daughter of the late Communist Party of the Philippines Spokesperson Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal.

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.

Hedcor faces petition vs plant

By Giovani Joy Fontanilla -
Date of publication: 
22 May, 2014


Solidarity for the Manobo people’s struggle for the protection of land rights, self-determination, and the environment

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.

Alternative paradigm for indigenous peoples

By Clarissa V. Militante, Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
29 April, 2014

On April 24, 1984, soldiers of the Marcos regime killed Macli-ing Dulag, the leader of the Cordillera communities’ resistance against the construction of dams in the Chico River. Thirty years later, attacks on indigenous peoples (IPs) have become more and more blatant amid heightened conflict over resources.

On one side are corporations grabbing land and taking control of resources that are not only economically important to ethnic communities but also sustain the very core of who they are and how they have lived.

Anti-mining protests mark Earth Day celeb in Mindanao

By Tyrone A. Velez and Myrah G. Acuzar, Davao Today -
Date of publication: 
24 April, 2014

DAVAO CITY — The Talaingod Manobos highlighted an Earth Day protest rally here where they slammed government agencies for allowing the entry of five mining companies into their homeland in Davao del Norte.

This as other rallies in General Santos City and Surigao City gathered indigenous peoples and environment advocates to oppose the entry of large-scale mining companies in Mindanao.

Led by the organization Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon, some 50 of its leaders and members picketed the offices of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) an

Rising to the challenge: A witness and a voice for indigenous people

Rappler -
Date of publication: 
1 April, 2014

[PIPLinks offers a huge congratulations to our board member Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who has been selected as the new UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.

IP group to Pres. Aquino: Stop the Killings of Indigenous Peoples!

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) Press Release
Date of publication: 
20 March, 2014

43 killings in 45 months, 4 slays of IPs in 2014

The year 2014 is marked by the blood of indigenous peoples, says Piya Macliing Malayao, the Igorot spokesperson of Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.) “In the first ten weeks of 2014, the blood of four indigenous peoples has been spilt in brutal killings attributed to State forces.