|Project Details||According to documents published by the DENR in 2010, Southwood Timber Corporation (STC) was granted an Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA), IFMA-NO. 02-2008, covering 11,476 ha located in Gingoog and Claveria Municipality, Miasamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao. The IFMA was granted on May 23, 2008, with expiry date on May 23, 2033 .|
Also the Asia Pacific Timber Corp (APTCO) has interest in continuance of the exploitation of the IFMA permit, because APTCO, a sister company of STC, is engaged in wood processing and trade/wholesale .
The IFMA overlaps with ancestral domains of two tribes; one is the Kamahan-Sagabalan-Higaonon Ancestral Domain Title Association (KSHADT), with representative office in in Brgy. Eureka, Gingoog city, represented by Allan Mandokita, and the second one is, Minalwang Higaonon Tribal Council (MIHITRICO) chaired by Joel P. Mansagkagan . According to the Philippine Indigenous People’s Rights Act of 1997 (IPRA), any commercial project located on formally registered ancestral lands requires a (free prior informed consent (FPIC) of the involved communities.
Only the KSHADT association, of which 3,000ha of ancestral domain land overlaps with the IFMA concession area, had provided a certificate of precondition, which further may be turned into an FPIC .
MIHITRICO, who claims at least 8000ha of ancestral lands, located in the IFMA concession, did not provide any certificate of precondition, or FPIC . MIHITRICO was granted their Certificate of ancestral Domain Title (CADT) in October 2008, after almost 8 years of application procedures. The CADT covers an area of 18,028.63ha within the Barangay Minalwang, Claveria, Misamis Oriental .
The potential floods and calamities that could otherwise be mitigated would affect several thousand people .
No information on investment size and production details could be found.