PHILIPPINES: Any new Executive Order on mining must affirm IPS rights over their ancestral domain

Published : Wednesday, March 07, 2012 Written by : Gualberto B. Lumauig

COMMENTARY

Former governor and congressman of Ifugao

As major players in the mining industry debate their respective social responsibilities in the exploitation of our country’s vast mineral resources, they should not lose sight of the rights and concerns of the indigenous people over their ancestral lands and domains.

We need a reaffirmation from our government and the mining industry stakeholders that our indigenous peoples’ occupation, possession and propriety rights over their ancestral domains are their exclusive birthright and privilege that should seriously be taken into account when government, through its licensing mandate, starts allowing developers and investors to encroach on these ancestral territories. More

PHILIPPINES: ILO and Finnish embassy ink deal helping indigenous peoples

By Jovan Cerda (philstar.com) Updated February 29, 2012 02:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Embassy of Finland in Manila signed an agreement last Monday to increase support to indigenous peoples in the Philippines, a statement released Wednesday noted.

The deal between Finnish Ambassador Heikki Hannikainen and Lawrence Jeff Johnson, director of the ILO country office for the Philippines, aims at responding to the needs of the T’boli and Ubo tribes in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, ILO said.

Starting in 2000, ILO said the partnership built a community-based micro-enterprise in Palawan that processes wild honey, cashew nuts, rice and corn. Indigenous people involved in the enterprise also identified and implemented projects like water systems, agricultural development and food production.

“In Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, the T’boli tribe learned about their rights as indigenous peoples. Tribal houses were built to display and sell their products and to host traditional ceremonies, meetings and even as a place to settle conflicts and disputes,” ILO said. More

PHILIPPINES: Appeals bars Department of Agrarian Reform eviction order

Thursday, February 23, 2012

THE Court of Appeals (CA) granted the November 17, 2006 petition filed by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) to prohibit the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) from further implementing the eviction order against the heirs of an indigenous tribe in Malalag, Davao del Sur.

In its 40-page decision promulgated on January 31, the CA in Cagayan de Oro City junked the writ of execution issued by DAR Adjudication Board on October 3, 2006 and the notice to vacate premises issued by DAR on October 30, 2006 for the 701.1459-hectare ancestral land of the heirs of Egayan-Gubayan clan.

This developed after the CA found out that the ancestral land of the heirs of Egalan-Gubayan clan of the Tagacaolo tribe was certified and declared to the IPs’ favor pursuant to Section 52 (i) of Indigenous Peoples Right Act (IPRA). More

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