|Project Details||According to documents published by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Ventura Timber Corporation (VTC) holds an Integrated Forestry Management Agreement (IFMA) IFMA No.-02-2010. One part of the concessions is located in Surigao del Sur, in Madrid, Lanuza and Cortes Municipality, covering 4,591ha; the other part is located in Agusan del Norte, Jabonga municipality, covering 2,772ha. The total size of the IFMA hence amounts to 7,363ha. It was granted on February 10, 2010, and expires on December 31, 2035 .|
According to the government’s Geoportal, VTC appears to have a tenured logging area of 34,301.41ha in the region . This area might be related to the auxiliary logging rights associated to VTC’s mining concessions; however, the author is not well informed from where this large concession area comes from. The company has also been involved in mining ventures in the region; which later on formed the Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation .
Previous to the IFMA, the company held a Timber License Agreement (TLA), granted in March 1983, covering 2,762ha. The TLA expired in March 28, 2008 and the company applied for the conversion of the TLA to and IFMA. Between expiry of the TLA and granting of the (alleged illegal) IFMA, the company was reported to have continued log illegally in the area .
The IFMA overlaps with ancestral domain claims of the indigenous Mamanwas-Manobo tribes, represented through Kahugpongan sa Tribong Manobo Mamanwa (KATRIMMA). KATRIMMA claims a Certificate of Ancestral Domain (CADT) over 17,765 hectares of forest land .
No information on investment size could be found; neither on production data or number of affected people.
|Project Area (in hectares)||7,363|
|Level of Investment (in USD)||unknown|
|Type of Population||Rural|
|Potential Affected Population||unknown|
|Company Names or State Enterprises||Ventura Timber Corporation (VTC) from Philippines - logging, mining|
Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MMDC) from Philippines - mining
|Relevant government actors||Local Governmental Units (LGUs) of Lanuza, Cortes and Madrid Municipality|
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)
Environment Management Bureau (EMB),
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)
|Environmental justice organisations and other supporters||Kahugpongan sa Tribong Manobo Mamanwa (KATRIMMA); Legal Rights Center Kalikasan (LRC-KsK); Green Mindanao Association, Inc.; LanuzaBantayanGayud (LABAG); Lanuza women’s organization; Parish church of Lanuza; Social Action of Tandag|