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On Ancestral Land:

Ti Daga ket Biag (Land is Life)

Ti Daga ket Biag (Our Land, Our Life), is a book composed of best selections from 3 multi-sectoral land congresses that was organized by Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) between the year 1984 to 2008. With a total of 13 papers from all three land congresses spanning 18 years, the book contains five papers from the from the first Cordillera Multi-Sectoral Land Congresses in March 1983; four papers from the second in July 1994; and four from the third in December 2001. Said congress papers and proceedings were earlier published in 1984, in the collection Dakami ya nan Dagami,now out of print. For orders, please contact us through or

On Local Governance and Indigenous Peoples:

Indigenous Peoples and the Local Government: BUILDING GOOD GOVERNANCE IN THE PHILIPPINES

This publication presents the major findings of a research project conducted by Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) with regard the situation of local governance in the Philippines since the passage of the Local Government Code in1991. The research project aimed to look into the participation of indigenous peoples in local governance, towards strengthening the participation of both men and women in the protection of indigenous people’s rights. Results of the study reveal that the eleven years of implementation of the Local Government Code is replete with well-intentioned and successful practices. However, basic changes in the policy framework are certainly necessary in order to realize the genuine spirit of decentralization.
Published by Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) on 2004, this book is available in English, Tagalog, Bisaya, and Ilokano versions.

This project is in partnership with International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) with the financial support from the European Commission (EC).

Indigenous Peoples and Local Government: Experiences from Malaysia and the Philippines

This book presents the result of research in Indigenous Peoples’ experiences with participation in local government in two Southeast Asian countries: the Philippines and Malaysia. In both countries, the research focused on two aeras in which data was gathered. In the Philippines, the case studies were conducted in the Cordillera region in the North, and in Mindanao in the South in Malaysia, case studies were conducted in the eastern state of Sabah and aong Orang Asli comunities on Peninsular Malaysia. The research results presented in the book reveal the various limitations for meaningful and effective participation of indigenous communities in local government. Engaging in local government still remains an unsatisfactory option for indigenous peoples to promote their right in general, and local-level self-determination in particular.
Info Poster: Local Governance and Indigenous Peoples

On Mining:

NGO Guide on the World Commission on Dams (WCD)

This publication is a translation to Ilocano language of the International Rivers Network's (IRN) "NGO Guide on the World Commission on Dams (WCD). It is a guide for citizens and communities of the world on how to oppose large and destructive dams. It discusses the Report of the World Commission on Dams (WCD) – how its recommendations and processes can be used by citizens, communities, Non Government Organizations (NGOs), and other individuals / groups supporting the struggle against large dams. The said report was based on researches and case studies conducted by the said commission with regard large dams and its impacts to communities and the environment. In addition, the WCD Report recognizes that no dams can be constructed without the consent of affected communities and, in the case of indigenous peoples, without Free Prior and Informed Consent. Its recommendations include some guidelines in making further decisions with regard water issues and energy resources development; criteria for planning, designing, building and operating, and opposing large dams.

Published by Cordillera Peoples Alliance, 2004 (Ilocano Version).
Published by International Rivers Network, 2002 (English Version).

Primer on Mining: Innadal Maipanggep Kadagiti Dadakkel a Minas

The primer, Innadal Maipanggep kadagiti Dadakkel a Minas (Edicational Discussion on Large-Scale Mining) contains basic information about mining, with particular focus on large-scale mining, and its effects to the environment, livelihood, health, and to indigenous peoples. It also presents an analysis of the contributions of large-scale mining as perceived by the government, and discussions on who actually benefits from mining and what people can do to prevent the entry of large-scale mining to communities. This primer was produced by Alyansa Dagiti Pesante iti Taeng Kordilyera (APIT-TAKO), an affiliate of Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), on August 2005.

Documents from the Cordillera Regional Conference on Mining

Published by Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) on April 2005, this primer contains the proceedings of the Cordillera Regional Mining Conference held on March 2 – 4, 2005 in Baguio City. The documents compiled herein include the global, national (Philippines), and regional (Cordillera) situationers of the mining industry. In addition, a document on small scale mining in the Cordillera as a people’s alternative is presented along with the lessons learned from the experiences of communities in the legal and meta-legal struggle against large-scale mining. As result of the conference, a declaration was formed conveying the stand of the participants to defend land and patrimony against imperialist mining.

Resource Kit: Issue of Mining 2005

This resource kit is a compilation of documents related to issues about mining. It contains relevant statements, articles, publications, education and discussion guides, and a quantitative list of mining projects in the Philippines as well as approved Mineral Production Sharing Agreements (MPSAs). The documents are sourced from different writers, offices, and agencies. This compilation is courtesy of Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) Education Commission; c2005.

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