Diwalwal IP groups rally against PMDC order
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (4 June) -- Tribal groups settling in seven barangays of Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province rallied against the Philippine Mining Development Corporation after having received no explanation for the Cease-and-Desist order released last December.
Datu Fernando Latiban, chairperson of the Upper Ulip Tribal Cooperative, asked PMDC to lift the said order as the community along with their partners have followed and conducted community development to start the mining operation in the said area.
Latiban explained that the area was awarded to them in 2003. With it the community signed an operating agreement with its partner Comval Tribal Resources Corporation (CTRC) last June 17, 2009.
However, the tribal community learned that some of the leaders in UTCEL have selected or entered into agreement with FFC and company to operate in the same area, this according to the tribal members is a breech of agreement with the CTRC.
They demand from the National Commission on Indigenous People and the PMDC to respect and recognize the community's decision of giving consent only to Upper Ulip Tribal Emancipating Cooperative (UUTEC) in partnership with CTRC.
"We have not given and are not inclined to give our consent to FFC and company to mine and operate in our area." the tribal community stated.
They also asked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) to recognize their collective decision and immediately act upon the lifting of the Cease-and-Desist order. (PIA XI) [top]