Among the latest cases of flawed FPIC process which the Cordillera Peoples Alliance has recently submitted to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples involves the Makilala Mining Company’s exploration project (EXPA No. 110) covering 3,159 hectares within the ancestral domain of the Guinaang tribe in Kalinga. On December 6, 2013, the Guinaang tribe filed a complaint at the NCIP provincial office in Kalinga and the Regional Hearing Officer of the NCIP Regional Office on the anomalous conduct of the FPIC process. In response, however, NCIP-Kalinga declared that there were no FPIC irregularities, while the NCIP Regional Hearing Officer dismissed the complaint.
There is no doubt that in many instances the NCIP failed to heed indigenous peoples’ clamour for the respect of indigenous peoples’ rights, for genuine FPIC and respect for community decision-making systems, and for genuine recognition of ancestral land rights. And due to the fact that the NCIP connives with corporations to ensure the entry of destructive projects in our ancestral lands even at the expense of our human rights, the NCIP has no credibility to be an agency that promotes indigenous peoples’ rights and welfare.
The Cordillera Peoples Alliance and its affiliates have been part of and supported community efforts and initiatives in asserting and upholding indigenous peoples’ rights and wellbeing at local, national and international levels, including engaging the NCIP and other Philippine government agencies, local government units, Philippine legislative body, and the United Nations. The NCIP must immediately correct its mistakes and wrongdoings such as manipulating FPIC process and issuing anomalous Certificates of Ancestral Land/Domain Titles (CALTs/CADTs), among others.#
Bestang Dekdeken, CPA Secretariat
Abigail Anongos, Secretary General