Gold mining in Mt. Diwata earns new player

 Mining firm seeks Diwalwal partnership in gold mining Another mining company has joined the search for gold in the bowels of Mt. Diwata in Monkayo, Compostela Valley which has a gold deposit of $8 billion waiting to be tapped. Comval Tribal Resources Corporation (CTRC) is also seeking a partnership with local natives legally armed with government-issued Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) over large areas rich in gold and copper deposits in this mining village also called Diwalwal. CTRC has an initial operational budget of US$1 million, half of it for exploration expenses, according to the company which would join … Continue reading Gold mining in Mt. Diwata earns new player

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Mining intruding into ancestral domains

Ungab sets probe on mining in Mati A House of Representatives committee is set to hold a hearing to probe intrusion by mining companies into ancestral domain lands in Mati, Davao Oriental. Representative Isidro Ungab, vice chair of the House committee on natural resources, would conduct the visit next month to confirm allegations of intrusion into indigenous peoples lands in Barangay Macambol and Barangay Cabuaya by  the mining companies Asiaticus Management Corporation and BHP Billiton. Ungab of Davao City said the public hearing is [part of continuing investigation of the alleged intrusion contained in House Resolution No 135, which is … Continue reading Mining intruding into ancestral domains

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Indigenous people slams sale of ancestral domain in Davao City

TRIBAL LEADER IN NPA HIT LIST By ROGER M. BALANZA Datu Joel Unad, a tribal leader accused by indigenous people of Davao City as behind massive sale of ancestral domain to big agri-business corporations, is in the hit list of the communist New People’s Army (NPA). Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has warned Unad to avoid the heavily rebel-infested farflung hinterland Paquibato district, where farming tribal people have sought the help of the communist rebels. Duterte’s warning comes on the heels of his visit to Paquibato where he met with Leonardo Pitao alias Ka Parago to negotiate the release of Lt. Vicente … Continue reading Indigenous people slams sale of ancestral domain in Davao City

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Aussie mining firm under fire for duping indigenous peoples

TRIBAL LEADERS PAID OFF BY MINING FIRMS IN DAVAO ORIENTAL By ROGER M. BALANZA   An Australian mining company in Davao Oriental paid off tribal leaders to secure endorsement of support for its operation, said an international church-based organization with concerns on indigenous people.   The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (Cafod) also raised other irregularities by the mining company, BHP Biliton and its local partner Asiaticus Management Corporation (AMCOR) , in a report bared in Davao City following protest rallies by Cafod in the United Kingdom.   In the report dubbed “Kept in the Dark”, Cafod said the companies … Continue reading Aussie mining firm under fire for duping indigenous peoples

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Davao City tribal leader slay

Dads ready with Diarog slay report             Davao City councilors are about to release a committee report on the August killing of tribal leader Datu Dominador Diarog, said to have been liquidated for refusing to sell his two-hectare farm in Kahusayan, Manuel Guinga in Tugbok District.           We are now consolidating our reports, said councilor Nilo Abellera, chair of the committee on peace and public safety. The Abellera committee and the committee on human rights chaired by councilor Kaloy Bello and the committee on Muslim and tribal affairs headed by councilor Arnolfo Ricardo Cabling are jointly investigating the strafing … Continue reading Davao City tribal leader slay

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Pinol: al-Qaeda, Jemaah Islamiyah to rule Bangsamoro homeland

By ROGER M. BALANZA               The Bangsamoro homeland proposed in a pact between the Philippine government and the secessionist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has the al-Qaeda and the Jemaah Islamiyah lurking in its shadows.             North Cotabato Vice Governor Manuel Pinol said the terrorist groups would eventually have control of the Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE) which expands coverage of Muslim ancestral domain land in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).             Pinol has expressed fear the al-Qaeda, the international terrorist group of Osama bin Laden, and its Southeast Asian cell Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), would have Mindanao … Continue reading Pinol: al-Qaeda, Jemaah Islamiyah to rule Bangsamoro homeland

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Mining firm offers hope to Davao Oriental indigenous people

  SOCIAL FUND. Tribal leader Gualberto Cagunan, back-grounded by his Mandaya tribe of Tagbinonga of Mati, Davao Oriental, proudly shows off a replica of P500,000 check representing social fund development donation by Dabawenyo Minerals Corporation (DMC) headed by president Said Sayre (second to his right). The same amount was also given to the Mandaya tribe of Barangay Don Salvador headed by chieftain Minda Mones in ceremonies in Mati City on July 12. DMC has partnered with China’s Philippine Youbang in a joint venture project to explore minerals in Davao Oriental. Photo by BOBBY LARGO              FROM HUNTERS OF THE WILDS … Continue reading Mining firm offers hope to Davao Oriental indigenous people

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Davao City Watershed Code giving trouble to Aboitiz hydro-power project

Cabling declared Tamugan as Conservation Area By ROGER M. BALANZA The P1.9 billion hydro-power project that Hedcor Inc. plans to build in Tamugan, Marilog District in Davao City is facing its biggest challenge in the recently-approved Davao City ordinance aiming to protect the city’s watershed areas. The Davao City Watershed Protection, Conservation and Management Ordinance has declared Tamugan as a Conservation Area that outlawed developments like the hydroelectric dams proposed to be built by the Aboitiz-owned company. The ordinance is seen as a bold attempt to protect the city’s watershed areas, now being threatened by large-scale agri-business ventures. It’s approval … Continue reading Davao City Watershed Code giving trouble to Aboitiz hydro-power project

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Esperon: MILF-GRP pact on ancestral domain underway

Hermogenes Esperon, presidential adviser on the peace process and former Armed Forces chief, expressed optimism that a memorandum of agreement on the issue of ancestral domain will be signed by September between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Esperon made the pronouncement in a briefing with Mindanao stakeholders, including the media, Thursday at the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo) office here. Esperon banked his optimism on the recent movements of the stalled peace process between the two warring parties where the government has presented to the MILF through the Malaysian peace process facilitators, its draft of the … Continue reading Esperon: MILF-GRP pact on ancestral domain underway

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Indigenous people told to share ancestral lands with business

Lumads, agri-business in joint farm ventures Davao City councilor Conrado Baluran said tribal communities are being encouraged to enter into joint ventures with large business to spur farm productivity in the city’s hinterlands. This is part of our campaign to help indigenous people convert their ancestral lands into productive uses, said Baluran, chair of the council committee on agriculture. Baluran appeared at the city council Media Forum yesterday to discuss efforts by his committee to increase farm production as prices of basic commodities continue to increase. We are already talking with the tribal councils and some businessmen to enter into … Continue reading Indigenous people told to share ancestral lands with business

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Running away from a war: The children of Compostela Valley

PRIZED POSSESSION.  A young child, displaced by military-rebel clashes in Compostela Valley in Southhern Philippines, holds a chicken as if his life depends on it, at an evacuation center in Davao City. Hundreds of farmers mostly indigenous peoples have fled Compostela Valley as government troopers lock in sporadic battles with the communist New People’s Army. Continue reading Running away from a war: The children of Compostela Valley

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