Philippines

Date: March 3, 2010

Power and Patronage in the Philippines: Environmental and cultural. survival in Palawan Province

IT IS NOT SURPRISING THAT Organizations concerned with the environment, conservation, and human rights are converging on a common strategy to protect both natural resources and cultural groups in tropical forest ecosystems. The strategy involves obtaining legal rights for ethnic groups to the land and resources on which they have traditionally depended. The idea is that the traditional owners of the land will, as they always have, manage the resources sensibly and sustainably.

Date: March 1, 2010

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya - - A trial is expected to publicize alleged
human rights violations committed by OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI),
two years after the mining company reportedly demolished houses in a

Date: February 22, 2010

The Indigenous Peoples of Nueva Viscaya, Philippines are indignant over the appointment of Horacio Ramos as the new Department of Environment Natural Resources (DENR) secretary. 

Date: February 22, 2010

Unreported News of 1987

Date: February 22, 2010

The two CSQ issues on militarization and indigenous peoples are intended to acquaint our readers with the important role militarization plays in the lives of even the most isolated tribal groups. The articles contained in these issues focus mostly on the consequences of shooting wars and on the increasing number of groups involved in them, directly or indirectly. This increasingly militarized world also affects the lives of indigenous peoples in a number of other important ways.

Date: February 19, 2010

During a recent visit to the Philippines, we traveled to the southern trip of the Bataan Peninsula to the town of Mariveles. From Mariveles one can see the island of Corregidor and further across Manila Bay, the Manila skyline.

After walking three miles away from the shoreline along a small river, we arrived at the family homesite of Nanding and Lelia and their four children. Their home was small, 15x15 feet, and was constructed of cast-off materials from the Export Processing Zone at Mariveles.

Date: February 19, 2010

This fisherman from Bicol Province in southern Luzon faces an uncertain future as his daily catch steadily drops below his subsistence needs. To match his former yields, he now has to venture farther out to sea. This has correspondingly increased his expenses and has reduced his time for supplemental farming. As he explained to the author over a meal of vegetables and fried bananas, "I can't afford to eat what I catch."

Marine fishing in the Philippines in more than an industry; it is a way of life.

Date: February 19, 2010

When I first began working on this issue of CSQ, the subject of fishing communities seemed a gentle one. Unlike "Militarizaiton" or "Forced Relocation," it didn't immediately suggest political conflict. Clearly, not all would be at peace on the water's edge: There would be cases in which modern fishing technologies threatened to eclipse the subsistence fishery of tribal peoples; cultural patterns would be encroached upon; and there would be ecological disasters to report.

Date: February 19, 2010

The struggles of small grassroots groups exist in almost every corner of our world. In Latin America and Mexico, grassroots organizations seem to be increasing in number of scope. This due in part to the urgency of meeting very basic needs and in part to an increasing political sophistication that sees organized efforts as one of the only ways to achieve positive improvements.

Most often, these groups are made up of people who have been economically and politically marginalized, excluded from participating in the structures and decisions that affect their lives.

Date: February 19, 2010

Working with the mothers' clubs I learned how important we women are, and how important it was for us to get organized. Then all of a sudden the church pulled the rug out from under us. They wanted us to give food out to malnourished mothers and children, but they didn't want us to question why we were malnourished to begin with. They wanted us to grow vegetables on the tiny plots around our houses, but they didn't want us to question why we didn't have enough land to feed ourselves.

Date: February 19, 2010

In our research on children we have found that settings influence children's behavior. There are three relevant aspects of a setting: the space and contents of the space, as in the set of a play; the cast of characters who are present on the set; and the activities which occur on the set involving the cast of characters. In the six populations we have studied, which include children in Okinawa, the Philippines, northern India, Kenya, Mexico and the United States children spent varying amounts of time in a variety of settings.

Date: February 19, 2010

In the past year Cultural Survival has worked with environmentalist organizations, notably the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Wildlife Fund, in urging Congress to pay attention to the harmful social and environmental effects of many loans made by the large multilateral development banks (MDBs). In this connection I testified on September 18, 1985 before the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Senator Kasten.

Date: February 17, 2010

Indigenous people are found in varying numbers in most countries of Asia and the Pacific; throughout the region they have much in common.

Date: February 17, 2010

In the Philippines, three Hanunoo communities have initiated an alternative education program to standard Philippine education. It is hoped that an education more sensitive to their culture will enable Hanunoo to develop skills essential for self-determination in their changing world. Organizing the new school has called for collaboration between Hanunoo, external support agencies, teachers and administrators. A ten-year project illustrates the importance of such collaboration and the need to base educational systems on the expressed needs of the community served by this school.

Date: February 17, 2010

Moslem ethnic groups in the southern Philippines have been pushing for regional political autonomy since World War II. This struggle, which at times has included open warfare, has caused considerable displacement.

Date: February 17, 2010

Ethnic minorities in the Philippines are pursuing a number of strategies to defend and retain their ancestral lands.

Date: February 17, 2010

As colonists and multinational corporations have moved into their areas, Agta are forced to change their economic strategies. Today, they are organizing and pressing claims for their lands.

Date: February 17, 2010

She is up and at the water faucet before most in her area of the village. With only four faucets to serve at least 650 people, the sooner one reaches the faucet, the sooner one can wash one's dishes, clothes and self. After tending to herself, she hoists the filled plastic container to her shoulder and walks home. These may be the only moments she has to herself that day. After boiling water for a morning drink of coffee or ginger tea, she joins other members of the family in the fields planting, weeding, harvesting corn, rice and vegetables, and cooking the midday meal.

Date: February 17, 2010

Problems in the 1980s

Date: February 17, 2010

I'm telling my daughter that she shouldn't get married yet, we have too many expenses and we need her help.