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forest resources, logging and related industries

IPRA failed to protect IPs

BAGUIO CITY — An Ibaloi and indigenous people’s leader here said that the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) failed to protect the rights of indigenous peoples over their ancestral land and right to self-determination.

Benguet capital wants control over communal forests

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The town council of this capital town approved on August 23 a resolution asking the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to devolve to the local government the management of the town’s four communal forests.

Greenies submit NL envi report to DENR Asec

BAGUIO CITY — Green Groups in North Luzon presented their researches to DENR Assistant secretary Juan Miguel Cuna in the 1st Cordillera Environment Summit of the Environment Management Bureau at the Crown Legacy Hotel in Baguio City last Wednesday, July 27.

Envi group calls on people to unite vs plunder of envi

VIGAN CITY — The Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos) calls on the people of the region to unite against corporate greed and environmental plunder. According to Defend Ilocos, only the people can expose and fight policies that provide freedom for corporations to exploit and plunder nature for profit.

Envi watch wary of compradors around Duterte

VIGAN CITY — The Ilocos Network for the Environment (Defend Ilocos) on June 2 expressed apprehensions regarding individuals and families associated with mining and logging corporations around President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Corporate logging, mining foils tree planting efforts

BAGUIO CITY — Forest destruction will remain unabated despite millions of trees being planted if extractive projects of powerful and rich corporations are allowed to continue, according to an environmental group in northern Luzon.

Protect remaining forests — CPA

BAGUIO CITY — Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA), an alliance of indigenous people’s organizations called for the protection and preservation of the remaining forests of the region and urged voters to choose candidates who are serious at defending the remaining forests from destruction.

Statements: On the extrajudicial killing of Berta Cáceres

The Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) shares the international outrage over the extrajudicial killing of Berta Cáceres, a woman activist from the Lenca indigenous people (IP) in Honduras and a staunch defender of IP rights, human rights, and the environment. Berta Cáceres, a leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) was extrajudicially killed on March 3 for defending her community from destruction by the Agua Zarca mega-dam project that is funded by the FMO-Dutch Development Bank and other major European financial institutions, with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Bandillo: An initial critique of the National Greening Progam

This writer’s stance on the National Greening Program has been transformed from one of guarded caution (who would not want a reforestation program?) to principled opposition. Recent developments dictate that National Greening Program (NGP) must be exposed and opposed. Not only is it a source of massive corruption but it has since become a program for massive landgrabbing and consequently reconcentration.

Students walk out to protest mine safety, APEC

BAGUIO CITY — Some 200 students of the University of the Philippines Baguio walked out of their classes and marched to the streets on November 17 to join the group of indigenous peoples, workers, urban poor and professionals to protest the annual mine safety week activities here and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Metro Manila.

APEC to worsen plunder of natural resources

BAGUIO CITY — The Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will only worsen plunder of the country’s natural resources; displacement and rights violations of indigenous peoples to give way to foreign backed mining and energy projects, according to Amianan Salakniban (Defend the Nordth) Spokesperson Fernando Mangili.