Runruno Mine Site in the Gaddang Domain – NCIP
QUEZON, Nueva Vizcaya: The provincial office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has revealed that Barangay Runruno here, which is part of the mineral exploration area of the London-based FCF Minerals Development Corp., is part of of the domain claimed by the Indigenous Cultural Communities-Indigenous Peoples of Gaddang (CPI-PI) covering the towns of Bayombong, Solano, Villaverde, Bagabag, Diadi and this municipality.
NCIP OIC Provincial Officer Roderick Alquin said in a certification that the total area of land covered by the Gaddang PA estate is more or less 75,000 hectares.
Alquin claimed two parcels of land in the name of Toledo Guillao et al. and Bella Guillao, with a total land area of 751,943 square meters (m²) and 70,156 m², respectively, as surveyed by Engr. Antonio Abyado from April 18 to 30, 1996, located in the application.
Under the existing rules and regulations governing the IP domain, applicants for the conduct of activities to exploit, utilize and develop the rich state resources in the domain must first obtain the free and prior informed consent (FPIC) of domain owners. .
However, in the case of the Runruno Gaddang PIs, the Bureau of Mines and Geosciences of Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) reportedly issued a non-overlapping certificate indicating, among other things, that the area requested by the mining company for its crawling activities is not in the domain of IP addresses. But in the event that it is discovered in the future that the mineral exploration area falls within the domain of the PAs, FCF Minerals Development Corp. is required to obtain consent from Gaddang PAs through the FPIC process.
Affected IPs had raised concerns about the continued destruction of portions of their estate by the mining company’s exploration and drilling operation that violates provisions of Republic Act 8371 or the rights of indigenous peoples”. The law requires companies that intend to exploit, use, and develop state resources to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of affected IPs through the prescribed process.
The affected IPs urged the NCIP central office to issue a cease and desist order to prevent the mining company from carrying out activities in their mining area, which they now consider part of their ancestral domain.