The mayor of Lebak town in Sultan Kudarat province maintained that he issued a permit to a mining firm even as indigenous people pressed their protest against the continuing operations of the company, which they say is destroying the environment and their traditional livelihoods.
Speaking for the lumad, who are supported by religious groups, Pastor Mary Joy Mirasol said the continued operations of XR Mining in Barangay Salansang is fast denuding the forests and destroying the tribes people's farms.
Hundreds of lumad began picketing XR Mining's office last week in a bid to stop its operat ...
More than 500 "lumad," or indigenous people, in Sultan Kudarat province, joined by religious, held a rally Thursday in Barangay Salangsang, Lebak town, to protest the operations of a mining company.
Pastor Mary Joy Mirasol said the lumad picketed the office of XR Mining Company because they fear the firm's operations will not only dislocate them but also destroy the environment and their traditional sources of livelihood.
The protesters said the firm is looking to mine gold within 5,000 hectares of the town, most of these farmlands.
Lebak Mayor Dionesio Besana said his office has not ...
As farmers suffer the brunt of global warming's relentless advance, agroforestry seems a viable technique for a better quality and higher yield of harvest despite worsening climate conditions.
Around 400 farmers in Columbio and Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, and 400 more farmers from Lanuza, Surigao del Sur are looking into agroforestry to cope with diverse forms of economic shocks and climate vulnerabilities, said Dante A. Dalabajan, Project Manager of Oxfam's Building Resilient and Adaptive Communities in Mindanao (BINDS) program.
Agroforestry is essentially a diversification of crops i ...