Indigenous Views

Cordillera women wage battle vs. profit driven energy projects

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http://iva.aippnet.org/philippines-cordillera-women-wage-battle-vs-profit-driven-energy-projects/
Date of publication: 
12 March, 2014

BAGUIO CITY – In celebration of the International Women’s Day, women from all over the region gathered in this city for a summit to amplify their position against profit-driven energy projects that has destroyed and are threatening their land, food and rights.

The testimonies of women from provinces affected by the said projects on March 8, 2014 speak of an old story that says:

“Maibus iti kuwarta, ngem saan iti daga; Ti bunga iti daga awan ti patinggana ay ay; Kakailian kitaen yo, saan tayo a paloko; Umanay a pagsarmingan, nakalkaldaang kapadasan ay ay…Iti biag mi ket simple, pa

Blaan leaders to NCIP: “No to Tampakan Mining – We want non-FPIC coverage!”

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Social Action Center of the Diocese of Marbel / Tampakan Forum press release
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2014

Social Action Center of the Diocese of Marbel / Tampakan Forum press release

Quezon City Leaders of the Blaan tribe of Bong Mal, Bong Banwe’, lobbied the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for a resolution on non-FPIC (Free, Prior and Informed Consent) coverage on the Tampakan mining project on Thursday, January 23, 2014.

Fulong Eking Freay, Erita Capion Galang and Sheryl Masday, with the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Marbel (SAC Marbel), were welcomed during the NCIP en banc meeting where they submitted a petition signed by community members.

Their petitio

Philippines: Indigenous Women: Defending land and resources against Chevron’s geothermal project

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http://www.cwearc.org/main/kali/151-indigenous-women-defending-land-and-resources-against-chevron-s-geothermal-project
Date of publication: 
10 January, 2014

Published On Friday, By admin. Under: News, Resources, South East Asia Region. Tags: Philippines

Introduction

Indigenous women in the Cordillera played a significant role in the history of the indigenous peoples struggle for land, food and rights. Ibaloi women took part in rolling boulders to block the entry of Spanish conquistadores in their several gold expeditions. Women of Mainit, Bontoc bared their breasts to drive mine prospectors in the early 1970’s.

Giving indigenous peoples a face

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By Vincent Cabreza - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/535431/giving-indigenous-peoples-a-face#ixzz2lrOiiF2o
Date of publication: 
26 November, 2013

Elsie Mokudef, a Teduray elder from Looy, South Upi town in Maguindanao province, appreciates the government initiative to put a face to poverty when it embarked on a national household survey aimed at profiling the poorest people who qualify for its poverty alleviation projects.

That is until she realized that the “face” bears little resemblance to her and her clan.

“Many of my fellow Teduray have no birth certificates, which make it difficult for us to access the 4Ps (the government’s conditional cash transfer project called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) and other social

Indigenous resistance to mining from the Philippines to New Brunswick

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Written by Asaf Rashid - http://nbmediacoop.org/2013/10/22/indigenous-resistance-to-mining-from-the-philippines-to-new-brunswick/
Date of publication: 
22 October, 2013

Fredericton – On October 21st, Forest Hill United Church was host to Vernie Yocogan-Diano of the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA), a federation of grassroots-based indigenous people’s organizations in the Philippines. The CPA is an organization dedicated to the protection of the Cordilleran peoples whose lives, cultures and lands are threatened by transnational mining companies, including Canadian mining companies. Yocogan-Diano represents United Church overseas partners on the United Church Partners in Mission Committee.

Indigenous peoples deplore Aquino government ‘snub’ of their agenda

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By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2013/08/27/indigenous-peoples-deplore-aquino-government-snub-of-their-agenda/
Date of publication: 
27 August, 2013

Against the 156 processed Certificate of Ancestral Domain Titles, of which only 37 were registered, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples issued a total of 320 certifications allowing mining operations.

Manila, Philippines – “We are peace-loving people, please don’t intervene in our affairs. Let us choose our own leaders and representatives,” Elsie Mokudef of the Teduray tribe said at a press conference of representatives of indigenous peoples’ groups who gathered in Quezon City for a two-day talk on World Indigenous Peoples Day early this month.

Indigenous peoples press for ancestral land, other rights

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By ADELA MAYBELLE DEYAEN WAYAS, Northern Dispatch - http://bulatlat.com/main/2013/08/12/indigenous-peoples-press-for-ancestral-land-other-rights/
Date of publication: 
12 August, 2013

The updated IP Agenda was divided into four themes: on IP lands, territories, resources and development aggression; on human rights, militarization and peace; NCIP, conflicting laws and FPIC; and on social services, Post-2015 Development goals, Climate Change adaptation and Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Preparedness and Response Measures.

MANILA — About 80 tribe leaders from different communities in the country gathered to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in a forum held in Quezon City.

The National Forum on Indigenous Peoples and

Consultations in Mankayan a mockery

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Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) - http://www.katutubongmamamayan.org/node/372
Date of publication: 
31 July, 2013

Consent given by indigenous peoples in Mankayan, Benguet to allow South African mining company Gold Fields Ltd. is described as a mockery of the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) by indigenous people’s alliance Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP.)

According to KAMP, the FPIC process overseen by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples was irregular and inconclusive of the communities’ decisions.

Philex still needs to clean up, pay compensation – indigenous peoples

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By MARYA SALAMAT, Bulatlat.com, http://bulatlat.com/main/2013/08/02/philex-still-needs-to-clean-up-pay-compensation-indigenous-peoples/
Date of publication: 
2 August, 2013

Philex “must understand that it is being punished for its unsafe and irresponsible mining practices, which is the basis for the fine.” It is the company’s responsibility to cleanup and rehabilitate the waters it damaged, and to compensate the adversely affected residents. – KAMP

MANILA – Bearing mugshots of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, Philex Mining Corp. chairman Manuel V.

Indigenous women – still at the margins of development

Source: 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lilak-Purple-Action-for-Indigenous-Womens-Rights/446251688730248
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).