The Globalization of the Struggle for the Rights of Mindoro

Gao, G. I. (Puheenjohtaja)

Aktiviteetti: Tapahtumaan osallistumisen ja tapahtuman järjestämisen tyypitKonferensseihin, kursseille ja seminaareihin osallistuminen ja näiden järjestäminen


Over the past fifty years, the indigenous peoples of Mindoro have slowly developed organizations through which they can demand recognition of their rights to their ancestral domains from the Philippine state. This process has required indigenous peoples to cede a measure of their traditional personal autonomy to representatives. It has also required their allies from outside the highlands of Mindoro to incorporate the principle of free and prior informed consent into their political practice. These outside allies include Dutch, German and Filipino priests of the SVD who took to heart the redefinition of the missionary project instituted by Vatican II in 1965; Americans who began work in Mindoro as Peace Corps Volunteers in the 1970s and who stayed on in other roles for many years afterward; and Filipino and American activists associated with PAFID, an ecumenical Christian NGO active in Mindoro since the early 1980s. Indigenous Peoples Organizations (IPO) began to be recognized as legal entities by the state since the 1980s. With the passage of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act in 1997, claims to ancestral lands have been advanced through these IPOs. Since the passage of the Mining Act of 1995, the primary threat to these claims has increasingly come from transnational mining companies rather than lowland peasant migrants. The IPOs have joined a larger coalition of interest groups who see the development of a large-scale nickel mine on the ancestral lands of the Alangan, Tadyawan and Bangon peoples as a threat to agriculture in the lowlands. Since 1997, the struggle against Mindoro Nickel Project has moved from the provincial to the national to the global level. The outcome remains very much in question.
Aikajakso24 toukokuuta 2018
Tapahtuman tyyppiMuu
SijaintiHelsinki, Suomi
Tunnustuksen arvoKansainvälinen