Development aggression has intensified, with various mining, energy and other so-called ‘development’ projects encroaching on Indigenous territories. “Philippines: New report alleges human rights & environmental violations by Australian-Canadian miner OceanaGold”. by katribuyouth THE PHILIPPINES is an archipelago and mountainous country approximately covering 30 million hectares of land surrounded by the Pacific, China and Celebes Seas. Amid the COVID 19 pandemic, the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is imposing a “new normal” marked by militarization in the guise of … This article is part of the 34th edition of the The Indigenous World, a yearly overview produced by IWGIA that serves to document and report on the developments Indigenous Peoples have experienced. The Indigenous groups in the northern mountains of Luzon (Cordillera) are collectively known as Igorot while the groups on the southern island of Mindanao are collectively called Lumad. Pending the renewal of its permit to operate, the company appealed to continue its operations but this was denied in a regional trial court. The project covers 26,139 hectares in Kalinga province.21. The number of the Philippines’ indigenous peoples remains unknown, but it estimated to be between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of the 102.9 million national population. Posted at Aug 09 2020 11:00 AM MANILA - A Philippine lawmaker on Sunday, which is International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples, called for the end of discrimination against Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and for the protection of their rights. Tumadok In contrast, commercially valuable natural resources such as minerals, forests and rivers can be found primarily in their areas, making them continuously vulnerable to development aggression and land grabbing. 6 November 2019: “Kaliwa Dam will destroy Sierra Madre biodiversity” Philstar Global, 29 November 2018: Ranada, Pia “Duterte to use’extraordinary powers’ to see Kaliwa Dam project through”. PhilStar Global, 11 December 2019. on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) estimates the population of indigenous peoples in the Philippines to be between 12–15 million, but the actual population may be higher. The dangerous labelling of Indigenous Peoples’ organisations and human rights defenders as communist terrorist groups and members make them vulnerable to various forms of human rights violations. It correspondingly divulges the established and evolving challenges that IPs confront in their everyday lives and during times of emergencies. © After two-and-a-half years, the Martial Law in Mindanao was lifted on 31 December 2019. The indigenous peoples being served The Philippines is home to around one hundred ten indigenous peoples communities numbering between fifteen to twenty million. As of August 2019, eighty-six Indigenous people have fallen victim of extrajudicial killings (at least nine victims in 2019), 66 Indigenous people were victims of frustrated extrajudicial killings (at least eight victims in 2019), 36 are political prisoners, and 31,004 were victims of forced evacuation since Duterte assumed the presidency in July 2016.30 Many of the victims were opposing development aggression, human rights violations and the policies of the government that violate Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Rappler, 8 October 2019: Cepeda, Mara “Red-tagged Oxfam, NCCP slam military for ‘malicious, careless’ attack”. “Stop The Attacks Against Indigenous Peoples And National Minorities. Written on 11 May 2020. Development aggression has intensified, with various mining, energy and other so-called ‘development’ projects encroaching on Indigenous territories. Strategies of disinformation are being used by other government agencies, such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and presidential agencies like the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA). 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