OPPOSITION TO ROYALCO STRENGTHENED; LGUs
ENDORSE RESOLUTION AGAINST ANY EXPLORATION IN BAKUN
GAMBANG, Bakun (February 22)-The Kankanaey indigenous peoples of
Bakun here in Benguet province are strengthening still their community
efforts against Australian mining company Royalco Minerals, which
has applied for exploration in some 5,000 hectares of the said peoples'
ancestral domain. Recently, through their organization BAKUN AYWANAN
(Defend and Nurture Bakun), Resolution No.2 series of 2009, totally
rejecting all mining exploration applications in Bakun including
further intrusion of Royalco and entry of other large mines.
This resolution was endorsed by the Gambang Barangay
Council chaired by Paquito Alvaro, Bakun Mayor Marcelo B. Contada
and Provincial Governor Nestor Fongwan. The resolution was also
personally delivered to the provincial and regional offices of the
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) by Mayor COntada,
Brgy. Captain Paquito Alvaro and BAKUN AYWANAN Representative Ernesto
In February 22, BAKUN AYWANAN was further strengthened
with the affiliation 7 people's organizations in the said municipality.
The 7 representatives of the said organizations proudly raised their
hands in affirming the BAKUN AYWANAN's Basis of Unity, which was
presented by Vergel Aniceto, Spokesperson of the Benguet Mining
Alert and Action Network (BMAAN), of which BAKUN AYWANAN is also
The oath taking was facilitated by Mayor Contada,
assisted by Brgy. Captain Paquito and Mario Layugan, Head of the
Council of Elders. This was witnessed by almost 180 residents and
local government officials from different sitios of Gambang and
nearby barangays. The oath taking was followed by a message of solidarity
by CPA Vice Chairperson for Internal Affairs Xavier Akien.
BAKUN AYWANAN's Council of Leaders and Officers
also underwent leadership training under the CPA's Indigenous Community
Organizing and Leadership Training (ICOLT) program last January
16 and in February 9. #