Indigenous Views

FPIC in Mankayan town resumes

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By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2013/07/04/fpic-mankayan-town-resumes-290859
Date of publication: 
4 July, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has resumed Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) proceedings in Mankayan town.

The halted talks are for Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation’s (LCMC) Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.

Mamanwa tribesmen lift barricade vs mining firm

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By Roel Catoto - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2013/06/26/mamanwa-tribesmen-lift-barricade-vs-mining-firm/
Date of publication: 
26 June, 2013

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 June)—Members of the Mamanwa tribe have lifted their barricade against the Adnama Mining Resources Inc. (AMRI) after they were paid P10 million in royalty fees.

Datu Reynante Buklas, one of the Mamanwa chieftains, said they lifted the blockade at the mine site of AMRI in Barangay Urbiztondo, Claver town in Surigao del Norte after they got their initial royalty payment from the company.

AMRI is extracting nickel ore within the 48,679-hectare ancestral domain of the Mamanwas.

Mankayan elders reject NCIP list of reps

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By ALDWIN QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch - http://bulatlat.com/main/2013/06/30/mankayan-elders-reject-ncip-list-of-reps/
Date of publication: 
30 June, 2013

BAGUIO CITY – Elders from Mankayan town refused to be included in the list of representatives made by the National Commision on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Cordillera for the Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) processes regarding mining applications and land conversions affecting the area.

Under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), FPIC from affected indigenous communities is required for all permits and licenses. An FPIC is presently being sought regarding a proposed technical exploration of Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.

Anti-Mining Barricades Threatened, Novo Vizcayanos Unfazed

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Press release
Date of publication: 
16 June, 2013

With the filling of Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) by the Royalco Philippines, Inc.

Mankayan FPIC resumption eyed

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By Maria Elena Catajan - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2013/06/16/mankayan-fpic-resumption-eyed-287707
Date of publication: 
16 June, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Stakeholders from the province up to the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) are hoping to resume the stalled Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) proceedings in Mankayan town.

Governor Nestor Fongwan and Mankayan officials were called together with some concerned agencies to determine how to proceed with the mandated FPIC proceedings between Far Southeast Gold Resources Inc.

Statement to the UN on human rights situation of Philippine indigenous peoples

Source: 
Stop the Killings of Indigenous Peoples Network in the Philippines
Date of publication: 
30 May, 2013

Below is a joint statement by Philippine indigenous peoples groups on the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) of the Philippines which was delivered to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Twelfth Session in New York on May 30. The statement was read by Rev. Rex Reyes of the Stop the Killings of Indigenous Peoples Network in the Philippines, also Secretary General of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. Feel free to circulate far and wide. Thank you!

Tribe groups seek UN hand on rights violations

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By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch - http://bulatlat.com/main/2013/05/27/tribe-groups-seek-un-hand-on-rights-violations/
Date of publication: 
27 May, 2013

BAGUIO CITY — Indigenous peoples groups sought the intervention of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) on the escalating human rights violations against indigenous peoples in the country in the ongoing meeting of the 12th Session of the UNPFII in New York, USA this May 20 to May 31.

In the intervention, Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) chairman Windel Bolinget pointed out that despite the Philippine government’s adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and other human rights treaties, the escalating human rig

Despite protests, mining firm starts operations in Kalinga

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By ALMA B. SINUMLAG, Northern Dispatch - http://bulatlat.com/main/2013/05/14/despite-protests-mining-firm-starts-operations-in-kalinga/
Date of publication: 
14 May, 2013

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Angered and disgusted with the recent intrusion of Cordillera Exploration Company Inc. (CEXCI) in their hometown, residents of Tawang village, Balbalan sought help from the office of Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Kalinga to stop the mining activities of CEXCI in the village.

The residents brought with them a report of their inspection in the mine site and a petition to stop CEXCI’s mine operation.

Katribu slams lifting of mining moratorium

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By Rubyloida Bitog - http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2013/04/09/katribu-slams-lifting-mining-moratorium-276794
Date of publication: 
9 April, 2013

THE Katribu Party-list criticized the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) for lifting the moratorium on the applications of new mining permits nationwide, saying the decision is politically-driven.

MGB-Central Office chief Leo Jasareno announced the lifting of the moratorium last Friday, April 5.

The indigenous group mocked the MGB moratorium, claiming that communities are “pretentious and are populist maneuvering.”

“In one sense, this declaration of a moratorium lifting is a waste of energy for the MGB.

Senate conducts inquiry on Philex spill

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By Maria Elena Catajan, http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2013/03/26/senate-conducts-inquiry-philex-spill-274771
Date of publication: 
26 March, 2013

THE Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) recommended during a Senate inquiry last week just compensation for affected Philex folk.

In a statement the CPA recommended to “decommission TP3 (Tailings Pond No. 3) and rehabilitate affected river and terrestrial ecosystems.