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Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines
A Country Case Study
David E. De Vera
Executive Director, PAFID
Presented at the RNIP Regional Assembly
Hanoi, Vietnam
August 20-26, 2007
The Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines: A Background
The Philippines has a total land area of
30 Million Hectares. Half of the country is hilly and mostly categorized as a
Forest Zone and part of the Public
Domain. As of the year 2005, the country has a population of 85 Million.
There are 112 ethnolinguistic groups in the country who comprise nearly 15% of the total population of the country.
The Philippines is slowly losing its forest cover and has to cope with an influx of mining activities in the uplands.
Furthermore, demand for land and natural resources continue to rise with the unabated migration of lowland families into the mountains.
Thus there exists a very volatile mix of stakeholders who are in a very strict competition for the limited resources of the uplands.
A vast majority of the 12 Million population of Indigenous Peoples in the
Philippines reside in the uplands which they claim as part of their traditional territories. Most of the remaining natural resources in the country are found within the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples
The Philippine Government has identified mining as a priority industry
Areas Identified as Ancestral Domains

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