Though quite dated now, the below article provides a comprehensive, historical overview of the national experience, i.e. intensified transnational control of our agricultural lands for: logging (practically depleted our forests), contract growing, and now for mining.
We native Filipinos keep claiming about our rich natural resources, these were true and valid then, but are now being irreversibly depleted towards exhaustion by foreign companies and their local, native partners; supported by our past and present governments (from American colonization through all native regimes); all at the expense of our fellow native Filipinos, most especially our ethnic minorities.
Though long, I hope those few who are interested on “what’s going on” read to understand and share.
Below today's articles, click each to open and read:
Mindanao nuns to Aquino: ‘Leave the Lumád in peace’
Internationalists unite with Lumád for Apec protests
Northern folk marches in Manila to oppose APEC’s ‘disastrous’ agreements
‘Apec means global mining plunder’
- The first case study is of the Ifugao in north central Luzon, who have been involved in a long-running conflict with an Australian mining company, Climax-Arimco.
- The second case study concerns a government development plan in central Luzon run by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC). The CDC is planning to convert the ancestral lands of the Aeta people into an agro-industrial and tourism area.
- The third case study highlights the struggle of the indigenous Ata-Manobos in Davao del Norte province in the island of Mindanao, southern Philippines. The Ata-Manobos are opposed to a forestry project known as the Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) in their lands.
- First, studies revealed that, if no measures were taken to save the remaining forest, the lush ecosystem of the Philippines would vanish within the next two decades.
- Second, a series of natural calamities - cyclical floods and drought - are widely attributed to the continuous denudation of forest cover.11
- Third, the international community was offering huge sums of development aid for projects related to forest management and conservation. However, there was also pressure from the timber industry which the government felt compelled to address, primarily because timber exports had been so important for the country's economy for several decades.