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GIUGKAT (Ravaged): The Tampakan People’s Struggle Against Open-Pit Mining | Forum and Video Documentary Launch

Everyone is invited to a hybrid forum and documentary launch, titled “GIUGKAT (Ravaged): The Tampakan People’s Struggle Against Open-pit Mining” on 22 March 2024, 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. (PH Standard Time), at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS), Lower Ground Floor, Ang Bahay ng Alumni, Magsaysay Ave., University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. The forum will also be available via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is first-come, first-served.


The Forum

The forum will discuss, and launch a video documentary on,  the resistance of the people in Tampakan, South Cotabato, SOCCSKSARGEN region against Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI), It will:

    • Explore possible legal remedies and prospective legislative measures to stop the Tampakan Copper-Gold Mining Operation and prevent the devastating consequences once the project becomes operational.
    • Feature representatives from the local communities who stand to be affected by the project, including a farmer, a scientist, and a member of the church.
    • Provide an update on the struggle of the people in Tampakan to date against SMI, which is set to be operational in 2026.

The video documentation endeavors to bring to light the ongoing devastation to the environment and the people’s livelihood by mining companies—a business largely facilitated by the Mining Act of 1995. Read backgrounder.


Pastor Jay S. Sichon
Defend Tampakan Network

Abdurahman Magangcong
Panalipdan Youth


Kakat Dalon
SABOKAHAN (Unity of Lumad Women)

Atty. Rolly Peoro
Direct Legal Services Coordinator
Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center

Cha Castaño
Public Relations Officer
Gabriela Women’s Party

Joice Leray
Center for Environmental Concerns

The Organizers

The forum is organized by the Philippine Network of Food Security Programmes (PNFSP), Alliance for Genuine Development (AGD) SOCSKSARGEN, Climate Change Network  for Community-based Initiatives, and the UP CIDS Program on Alternative Development (AltDev), with the support of Action Solidarité Tiers Monde and Solidagro. View organizer profiles.

AltDev is one of the Research Programs of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies, the policy research unit of the University of the Philippines. Visit the UP CIDS database and download over 900+ policy papers for free. The Program on Alternative Development (AltDev) aims to look at paradigms, policies, practices, and projects that are largely marginalized and excluded from the mainstream. Visit AltDev’s page and download their publications for free.

For queries, please email UP CIDS AltDev: [email protected]

Venue Map 

 View vicinity map (Google Maps). The entrance to UP CIDS is on the left side of the Ang Bahay ng Alumni. It is located near and below Veterans Bank. UP jeepneys, including Ikot, pass in front of Bahay ng Alumni. Limited parking slots are available in the venue.