TFIP network supports petition to scrap the Mining Act of 1995
House of Representatives, Quezon City –“That the government allows our lands to be expropriated and handed over to transnational corporations (TNCs) for their destructive mining projects must end. Since the enactment of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, we indigenous peoples have suffered more from the plunder of our resources, destruction of our ancestral territories and loss of our traditional livelihoods. This mining law must be repealed,” said Tyrone Beyer, Policy Advocacy Officer of the Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (TFIP).
In commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, TFIP joined some indigenous Igorot from the Cordilleras, Ayta from Pampanga, Dumagat from Aurora Province, Buhid Mangyan from Mindoro and Lumad from Mindanao in submitting a petition to scrap the Mining Act of 1995 to the House of Representatives. On August 11, 2014, the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) handed over the petition to