Lumad alliance bows to stop large-scale mining
and jathropa plantations in Mindanao
General Santos City
October 14-16, 2008
At the regional conference of indigenous peoples, a dimzu or Lumad ritual to drive away evil spirits was performed by the IP leaders from the different provinces. The ritual symbolizes the unity and pledge of the different Lumad tribes to resist the intrusion of large-scale mining and jathropa plantations in their ancestral lands.
Photos courtesy of KALUHAMIN
(Kahugpungan sa mga Lumad sa Habagatang Mindanao)
Kasifun: Regional Conference
of Indigenous Peoples held on October 14-16, 2008 in Samaria Cursillo,
Malakas St. General Santos City.
Lagao General Santos City
Lorna Mora, woman Lumad and
Secretary General of Kaluhamin says "Aside from large-scale mining the
Arroyo government in partnership with foreign corporations are planning to
establish a biofuel plantation of Jathropa covering 30,000 hectares of
agricultural lands in Sarangani Province and General Santos City. This
will definitely drive us again from our lands, destroys our livelihoods
and affects our culture and tradition as an indigenous people. This is one
of the reasons that we must unite with other Lumad tribes facing similar
displacement issues from the projects of the government and relate our
struggles with them. Only through collective action and unity with other
sectors in Mindanao that Lumads can effectively frustrate these
developmental projects of the Arroyo government and foreign corporations."
not surprising that no less than Office of the President , together will
Mineral Development Council and Philippine Chamber of Mines, will host
this activity. It is only logical for the number one promoter and peddler
of the country’s resources will mingle the foreign investors and mining
TNCs.” Mangumalas added
The connivance of Arroyo
government with large foreign mining companies is the worst form of
institutionalized land grabbing of the indigenous land and exemplify the
outright selling of our resources and patrimony.